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General Reading -
The labyrinth has provided a muse for many writers, whether as a central theme for their work, or as a occasional by-
The Maze Maker
Longmans, London, 1967.
Ayrton’s classic retelling of the ‘life’ of Daedalus, builder of the Cretan Labyrinth.
Jorge Luis Borges
Penguin Books, London & New York, 1970.
A classic collection of labyrinthine tales and essays from the Argentinian master storyteller.
The Name of the Rose
Secker & Warburg, London, 1983.
Eco's wonderful medieval murder mystery, set within the confines of a castle with its mysterious labyrinthine library. Essential reading for labyrinth enthusiasts and bibliophiles alike.
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break
Picador, New York, 2002.
Imagine the Minotaur reborn and living in a trailer park, working in a diner in the deep south of the USA. Original and moving, this novel is a dark reflection of modern life and relationships.
1997, Fourth Estate, London, 1997.
Winner of the 1998 Orange Prize, this is "an ironic odyssey through the life of a modern man," from the perspective of Larry Weller. A journey that takes him from florist to international maze designer, via two failed marriages, with reflections on what it means to be a man living at the end of the 20th century. Apart from being a cracking novel, it uses hedge mazes, with their "controlled chaos and contrived panic," as a recurrent theme.
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