The Confessions of Socrates
“This is more than simply a historical novel; it is a book of ideas inspired by those of Socrates himself. Prendergast’s love of his subject is infectious. Well-researched and with glossaries and maps that act as welcome signposts, this is an ambitious novel that offers an intimate, vividly imagined portrayal of the man behind the legend.”
— Reviewed by Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Giller Prize Finalist for The Cure for Death by Lightning.
“Meticulously researched, Prendergast skillfully recreates Socrates’ Athens until it’s alive with sights and sounds on the page. Socrates himself is represented as a flawed human being, with failings that allow him to step down from history’s pedestal and walk among the men and women in his ancient world.”
— Reviewed by Darcie Friesen Hossack, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Mennonites Don’t Dance.
“The characters are fascinating and distinctive… The book is written in beautifully clear prose so that what might seem distant in time and relevance is brought to life.” (International Rubery Book Award Judge)
“Confessions of Socrates is a well-researched, beautifully written work. A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and thought-provoking book which I highly recommend.” (Charles, Goodreads member)
“This book will delight you! It is a Must Read.” (Stewart, Amazon review)
“Most highly recommended for everyone…” (Jane, Goodreads Librarian)
“I was skeptical about the subject but knew I have thoroughly enjoyed both R.L. Prendergast’s previous books so I dove in… and I really liked it!!!” (Gayle, Goodreads member)