Luciana Cavallaro was born in Pinjarra, Western Australia and moved to Perth to study at university. She taught in government and private schools and during this time studied Ancient History, attended writer’s workshops and concluded a course in proof reading and editing. She has travelled extensively and has revisited her favourite destinations—Greece and Italy— the inspiration for her stories. After working in high schools for a while she resigned to concentrate on writing.
on July 16, 2014 :
I was guided towards Aphrodite's Curse as I have written about 'my' own Goddess.
Aphrodite's Curse is very skilfully written in that it has all the elements of the ancient deities and ancient Greece yet is written in a modern jaunty style with a sense of 'tongue in cheek' at all times....or maybe that's just me!
If you're a fan of myths and legends and Gods and Goddesses you will love Aphrodite's Curse.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 26, 2014 :
APHRODITE'S CURSE is a short story by Luciana Cavalero. It is written in first person from Phaedra's point of view. As a daughter of King Minos of Kretos and Queen Pasiphae, Phaedra had first-hand knowledge of legendary stories of the people and their gods. Her narration touches on the stories of Daedalos making wings and Ikaros flying too close to the sun, and the story of Persphone and Hades, and one of my all-time favorites involving Ariadne, Theseus, the Labyrinth, and the Minotaur (Asterion). Here are several story quotes from Phaedra:
"When Ariadne saw Theseus step off the ship, she became a victim of Aphrodite’s curse. It was love at first sight. Theseus was a virile man, handsome, brave and strong...
Ariadne was so smitten with Theseus that she made a decision that would affect our lives and the future of Knossos...
My sister went to Daedalos before he was imprisoned and asked him to help her. He gave her a ball of thread and a magical sword."
This is the second story by Luciana Cavalero that I've read. Once again, I will say that she brings mythology to life! These heroic and often tragic stories seem so much more believable when told by a character who lived at that time. Phaedra ends up married to Theseus, and later she also receives a tragic Aphrodite curse.
Cavalero's writing often takes on a poetic quality that tributes the ancient people who were the first to make poetry popular. Here is an example:
"...the perfume of blossoming almond and apple trees beguiled and tantalised the air; the sea of poppies: purple, white and red carpeted the plains."
APHRODITE's CURSE is an enjoyable story that I strongly recommend to lovers of ancient Greece. I felt like I was in the room with Phaedra as she told her story.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 01, 2013 :
I really enjoyed the authenticity of the voice of Phaedra, the way her story is told as she is reflecting on events in her life as they come to mind rather than the more conventional linear reminiscing used by some authors but which often feels unnatural to the reader. We get to know Phaedra as an indulged princess, neglected wife and pawn in the political machinations of her countrymen and as her story unveils feel in turn disquiet at her narcissistic view on life and then empathy as she begins to have an insight into how her life had led to this final tragic event.
Well worth a second and third reading to get a feel of the many facets of Phaedra's character and how, in the end, she realises the only thing she can control in her life is her own actions.
(review of free book)