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Aya Katz

Ape language researcher who runs a literary press.

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  • Antigone: Translated by F. L. Light

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By F. L. Light (translator), Sophocles
    • Narrated By Jesse M. Bernstein
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    (3)

    Prince Kreon, enforcing an arbitrary mandate, is enraged that Antigone would abide by a natural law of sisterly respect in contradiction of his will. As neither can be reconciled with the other's acts, the drama grows devoutly tenebrous. This translation is iambic, as is most of the text in Greek.

    Aya Katz says: "A Tragedy Made Real"
    "A Tragedy Made Real"
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    What did you love best about Antigone: Translated by F. L. Light?

    The metrical verse of F.L. Light is the highlight of this translation. His English vocabulary, always very high and sometimes elusive when used on more modern topics, is precisely right for this subject matter.The drama of Antigone's determination and doom is well served by the language and the metrics employed by F.L. Light.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character of Antigone was my favorite. Her loyalty to her brother, her insistence on his right to burial and her courage to stand up against the decrees of tyrannical rulers appealed to me.


    What does Jesse M. Bernstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jesse M. Bernstein is an amazingly versatile reader. His women sound like women -- and each a little different. His old men have tremors in their voices, and one can feel the importance and significance of each character in turn in the way the voice is used.He is also a good reader of the meter, playing along with it, rather than trying to escape it, as some modern actors do.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Honor above all.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good introduction to a classical work. I highly recommend it.

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