#58 Oedipus the King, Sophocles

English: Title page of Oedipus: A Tragedy

Oedipus the King sets the bar high for anyone thinking of writing a book about plagues and prophecies and totally dysfunctional families in Ancient Greece. There’s not a lot of action, but there is a high-stakes game of Hide and Seek between Oedipus and the Horrible Truth about his family. Reality pretty much ruins Oedipus’s life, and he goes on to test the theory that scratching your own eyes out can turn back time.

Turns out it can’t, and I’m actually pretty grateful for that.

If Oedipus were here now, he would undoubtedly tell us one of three things:

  1. Parents suck, especially when they try to kill you. Try not to kill them back.
  2. If you’re a king, and you’ve gone crazy, that’s probably a good time to abdicate the throne. Do your best not to cede your power to an even greater lunatic.
  3. Never underestimate the comfort of ignorance. (Rush Limbaugh certainly never has.)

Is It One of the Greatest Books of All Time? 

Yes, and my oracle tells me it will continue to top the charts for the foreseeable (teehee) future.

Favorite Quotes:

Time, which sees all things, has found you out.

Fear? What has a man to do with fear? Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day.

Read: 2001, 2003, 2009

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2 thoughts on “#58 Oedipus the King, Sophocles

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