The Confessions of Socrates

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  • Hardcover
  • 336
  • The Confessions of Socrates
  • R.L. Prendergast
  • 21 July 2019
  • 0978454871

About the Author: R.L. Prendergast

The Confessions of Socrates MOBI ´ The Confessions confessions kindle, socrates download, The Confessions mobile, The Confessions of SocratesThe Confessions of Socrates KindleR L Rod Prendergast s first novel, The Impact of a Single Event, was long listed for literary fiction by the Independent Publisher Book Awards in The book became a bestseller in The Confessions eBook è Canada Rod s second novel, Dinner with Lisa, was awarded the Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze Medal for Best Regional Fiction, Western Canada Inspired by his son s inability to sleep through the night, Rod then wrote a children s story, Baby, Please go to Sleep The Confessions of Socrates is his third novel and fourth book The Confessions of Socrates was a finalist for the th annual National Indie Excellence Award for historical fiction, is a finalist for the Whistler Independent Book Award for Fiction and is shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award, which is the largest cash award for books published by independent publishers in Great Britain.


The Confessions of SocratesThe Confessions of Socrates MOBI ´ The Confessions confessions kindle, socrates download, The Confessions mobile, The Confessions of SocratesThe Confessions of Socrates KindleSocrates sits chained to a wall in a small prison cell In a month he will die of hemlock poisoning At night, by the light of a tiny oil lamp, on rolls of The Confessions eBook è paper smuggled in by loyal friends, he tells his three sons the story of his lifeHe writes vividly about the people and events that shaped him as a person The mother who encouraged his questions Teachers who promoted the Greek ideals of courage and glory Bloody battles Lifelong friends lost and enemies made Being proclaimed the world s wisest manFearing his sons may follow in his ill fated path, Socrates honestly reveals his thoughts and feelings, his successes and his failures, and his search for the answer to the ultimate question how can I be happy.

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10 thoughts on “The Confessions of Socrates

  1. Jane says:

    Humanizing Socrates The author has done a fantastic job accomplishing what he tells us in his notes was his goal in writing this thoughtful novel and character study The story is set in the form of an autobiography written by Socrates to his family On the very day Socrates drinks the hemlock, his oldest son writes down events of that day Each day Socrates is in prison awaiting execution for blasphemy and the corruption of youth, he reflects back on his life and writes to his family, giving d Humanizing Socrates The author has done a fantastic job accomplishing what he tells us in his notes was his goal in writing this thoughtful novel and character study The story is set in the form of an autobiography written by Socrates to his family On the very day Socrates drinks the hemlock, his oldest son writes down events of that day Each day Socrates is in prison awaiting execution for blasphemy and the corruption of youth, he reflects back on his life and writes to his family, giving details of his life from boyhood to the day before his death He hopes with these heartfelt and soul baring confessions in which he reveals his feelings at the time of each incident and upon reflection what lessons he s learnt, his sons will avoid the same mistakes he has made in his life He reveals hubris, fear, resentment, and self doubt We see what events Socrates considers turning points in his life and how he discovers the meaning of know thyself , the motto at Delphi Although he s had a native curiosity from boyhood, he is stimulated years later in his friendship with Simon the cobbler, into developing his Socratic method of questioning At first I thought the cover a bit bland but I came to see it represents a concept in the book one day, while tearing down the long walls after the Athenian defeat in war, Socrates sees a little plant struggling to survive in a block of marble which is gradually being torn apart by its efforts He sees this as a lesson in optimism or persistence I thought the author s blending in several of Aesop s fables and other anecdotes with a moral, to be well done The personalities of other major characters were also strongly delineated The only blemish was the use of a couple of okay s, which I can t see in any historical novel set before that word gained currency the 1800 s.Most highly recommended for everyone Thanks to the author for sending me an ARC as part of the Goodreads giveaway program Upon receiving it in the mail, I opened it and began reading almost immediately, then right away reread

  2. Selena says:

    I received a free e copy of The Confessions of Socrates by R.L Prendergast from Goodreads for my honest review.This is a wonderful book The book is written as twenty eight daily entries by Socrates to his sons as he awaits execution on death row In this book we get a glimpse into Socrates life and his upbringing We also get to read about what Socrates life could have been like I liked how the book was told from the perspective of Socrates examining his own life The book takes us from his I received a free e copy of The Confessions of Socrates by R.L Prendergast from Goodreads for my honest review.This is a wonderful book The book is written as twenty eight daily entries by Socrates to his sons as he awaits execution on death row In this book we get a glimpse into Socrates life and his upbringing We also get to read about what Socrates life could have been like I liked how the book was told from the perspective of Socrates examining his own life The book takes us from his childhood until his death sentence A vivid read.There are maps at the front of the book that I recommend you reference while you are reading it I also recommend looking at the glossaries and time line sections at the end of the book while reading the book

  3. BAM The Bibliomaniac says:

    Many thanks to Dekko, Prendergast, and Goodreads for the opportunity to review this book.This book takes us back in Socrates life to give us an understanding of early Greek life and how he began his life as a logic teacher He really wasn t well liked according to this book And he was a bit snooty He was very proud of his family And loved to talk And talk And talk So he humiliated some important people And they swore revenge And we all know what happened to him in the end So it was a p Many thanks to Dekko, Prendergast, and Goodreads for the opportunity to review this book.This book takes us back in Socrates life to give us an understanding of early Greek life and how he began his life as a logic teacher He really wasn t well liked according to this book And he was a bit snooty He was very proud of his family And loved to talk And talk And talk So he humiliated some important people And they swore revenge And we all know what happened to him in the end So it was a positive retelling of a great man s history even if it may not be accurate

  4. Nancy Baker says:

    I had high hopes for this book, but I just couldn t get into it Of course, I knew I was reading a fiction story as nothing has even been found that gives factual information about Socrates, but I was expectingthan I was receiving in the first few chapters Imprisoned and awaiting his death by poisoning, he begins writing letters to his family telling his sons of his childhood and life I only made it about 100 pages into the story and just felt it wasn t going anywhere Socrates is said t I had high hopes for this book, but I just couldn t get into it Of course, I knew I was reading a fiction story as nothing has even been found that gives factual information about Socrates, but I was expectingthan I was receiving in the first few chapters Imprisoned and awaiting his death by poisoning, he begins writing letters to his family telling his sons of his childhood and life I only made it about 100 pages into the story and just felt it wasn t going anywhere Socrates is said to be know for his intelligence, wisdom and knowledge The story I was reading at least to me , was of a weak young boy without confidence and endurance Perhaps he found strength and self assurance later in the letters, but I didn t stick around long enough to find out I always hate it when I don t finish a story, but thetime I was spending trying to make myself enjoy the story, theI knew I was missing out on reading something that spoke to me My apologizes to the author and publisher that I could not give apositive feedback I hope to many other readers that this book spoke volumes

  5. Charles Remington says:

    The Confessions of Socrates are daily articles written by Socrates while being held in his prison cell as he awaits the day of his execution This new novel by R.L Prendergast tells how his family and friends have arranged for him to receive food along with quill and papyrus so that he can record his final thoughts The manuscripts take us through the philosopher s life, from his earliest memories after barely surviving being trampled by a horse, right up to his trial where he is accused of cor The Confessions of Socrates are daily articles written by Socrates while being held in his prison cell as he awaits the day of his execution This new novel by R.L Prendergast tells how his family and friends have arranged for him to receive food along with quill and papyrus so that he can record his final thoughts The manuscripts take us through the philosopher s life, from his earliest memories after barely surviving being trampled by a horse, right up to his trial where he is accused of corrupting the youth of Athens, not believing in the Gods of the city, and worshipping other new divinities of his own creation They tell of a man battling with his own insecurities, questioning his peers and contemporaries in his struggle to find answers a man who loses his adored mother early in life and who is left with a dour, taciturn father bereft of any warmth or affection a man highly regarded and admired by his friends but unable to fathom what it is that is admirable or likeable about himself The narrative takes us though his brief and interrupted schooling, his military training, his visit to the oracle at Delphi with his friend Chaerephon, his distinguished participation in three major battles and his life as a stonemason apprenticed to his father It describes daily life in the ancient bustling city of Athens, the plagues, the constant wars with Sparta and the Persians, the politics and the development of his philosophical views It tells us how he meets his wife, about the birth of his sons, about his friends, students and contemporaries and finally his trial and sentence of death.Confessions of Socrates is a well researched, beautifully written work R.L Prendergast has managed to weave a compelling story built partly around historical fact and, as no direct writings have ever been attributed to Socrates, what is known about him through the writings of Plato, Xenophon and Aristophanes I was especially impressed with the descriptions of life in the Athens of the day and the battles in which Socrates participated The visit to the temple complex at Delphi was particularly vivid Although the book is a work of fiction it is soundly anchored in the currently available data and comes with a useful Historical Timeline along with Glossaries of Names and Terms A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and thought provoking book which I highly recommend

  6. Donna says:

    A fascinating book that takes you back to life in ancient Greece It is well researched, and written in the format of what Socrates may have said in letters to his sons prior to his execution The author has skillfully brought Socrates, the man, to life, as well as the time in which he lived The book makes you see Socrates as he might have seen himself as he came to the end of his life Note by reading in the Kindle, it was very easy to also get a brief history of Socrates family, friends, Gre A fascinating book that takes you back to life in ancient Greece It is well researched, and written in the format of what Socrates may have said in letters to his sons prior to his execution The author has skillfully brought Socrates, the man, to life, as well as the time in which he lived The book makes you see Socrates as he might have seen himself as he came to the end of his life Note by reading in the Kindle, it was very easy to also get a brief history of Socrates family, friends, Greek gods, and the places mentioned I thoroughly enjoyed the book

  7. Michele says:

    The author did hit on the major events of Socrates life, and in the process managed to humanize Socrates Not an easy thing to do.

  8. Rubery Book Award says:

    Shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award for Fiction 2017While Socrates sits in prison in Athens awaiting his death sentence he writes to his sons telling them of his varied life as a stone mason s apprentice, a soldier and teacher One soon comes to like the self effacing philosopher and to begin to understand the complex society in which he lived The characters are fascinating and distinctive Crito the hero, the loving slave Diotima and Socrates himself who risked unpopularity by logical quest Shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award for Fiction 2017While Socrates sits in prison in Athens awaiting his death sentence he writes to his sons telling them of his varied life as a stone mason s apprentice, a soldier and teacher One soon comes to like the self effacing philosopher and to begin to understand the complex society in which he lived The characters are fascinating and distinctive Crito the hero, the loving slave Diotima and Socrates himself who risked unpopularity by logical questioning but never single dimensional There are exciting battle scenes, philosophical disputes and shamings, all culminating in the famous trial The book is written in beautifully clear prose so that what might seem distant in time and relevance is brought to life ruberybookaward.com

  9. Claire says:

    I received The Confessions of Socrates as part of a Goodreads giveaway.Locked in a prison cell with only a month to live, revolutionary ancient philosopher Socrates attempts to author his autobiography, from his humble beginnings to his military service in the Peloponnesian War, his rise as a philosopher to his trial and eventual execution, thought the focus is mostly on his personal life, the bonds of family and friendship that made him who he is.I don t know much about ancient Greek history, s I received The Confessions of Socrates as part of a Goodreads giveaway.Locked in a prison cell with only a month to live, revolutionary ancient philosopher Socrates attempts to author his autobiography, from his humble beginnings to his military service in the Peloponnesian War, his rise as a philosopher to his trial and eventual execution, thought the focus is mostly on his personal life, the bonds of family and friendship that made him who he is.I don t know much about ancient Greek history, so I can t speak to the historical accuracy of the piece, but I found it compelling Prendergast s Socrates is warm and human, the relative pain of his early life clearly leaving its mark in adulthood I m glad I finally got to read this one, as it was a look into a period that I wasn t familiar with

  10. Billie says:

    Received this book in a giveaway on Goodreads I don t find myself normally reading a true historical fiction without a bit of suspense or romance in it but found this to be a pretty solid book The book is basically letters found from Socrates to his family during his jail sentence, awaiting his death, going over his life with his parents, during his short time in school and in war and after, contemplating how he lived his life All in all a good read.