Outcast

Outcast

Book - 1995
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Fifteen-year-old Beric feels increasingly bitter isolation when, because of his Roman birth, he is cast out by the Celtic tribe that raised him and, after reaching a Roman settlement, he is sold into slavery and sentenced to serve in a galley for the rest of his life.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, ©1995.
Edition: First Sunburst edition.
ISBN: 9780374456733
0374456739
Characteristics: 229 pages :,illustrations ;,19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kennedy, Richard 1910-1989,- Illustrator

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Liber_vermis
Feb 15, 2012

A fast-paced tale of adventure that sweeps 15-year old Beric from his tribal home in ancient Britain to slavery in Rome and eventually being cast overboard from a galley washes him up on the shore of his homeland where he discovers his true identify. The story is told with the late author's skill for vivid description that paints clear pictures in the reader's mind's eye. The author offers her readers some dog affection, youthful flirtation of several kinds, and subtle moral dilemmas on identity, freedom and justice.

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Feb 15, 2012

Other: Although the late author Rosemary Sutcliff notes that Greeks and Syrians were engaged in the ancient slave trade, she once again reveals her antisemitism by casting a Jew as the trader who sells the main character into household slavery in Rome [p. 64-7].

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Feb 15, 2012

"... Rhiada, the blind harper, ... sat on a deerskin at the Chieftain's feet; and he drew a hand across his harp-strings, so that the firelight played on them as on running water and the harp-notes sprang up towards the stars like a bird released; and he flung back his head and laughed up at Beric." [p. 18]

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