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Isaac and the Sun King

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Title:Isaac and the Sun King
Authors:Casey, Alexander Nicholas
Contributors:Ryan, Shawna Y. (advisor)
English (department)
Keywords:Creative writing
Greek Mythology
Queer YA
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Date Issued:2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Abstract:This first-person YA novel, complete at 79,500 words, explores intergenerational trauma, queer identity, and various forms of privilege through the use of reinterpreted Greek myths. Titled Isaac and the Sun King, this novel is the modern retelling of Icarus and Apollo, the boy who flew too close to the sun, and the god whose chariot placed it in the sky each day. As the son of an eccentric inventor, sixteen-year-old old Isaac Hagar (Icarus) is used to watching the impossible come to life, but that doesn’t explain why he’s plagued with dreams of falling from a mysterious tower prison. When his father takes a job with an airline company belonging to Zach Skylar (Zeus), Isaac meets the man’s son, Apollo, a “super-cool” jock with an affinity for archery, medicine, and his “oracle” magic 8-ball. In this tale of reincarnation, where the wrath of the gods takes the shape of small town politics, these two boys must work together to uncover the secrets behind every seemingly-friendly face: who is the mysterious woman haunting Isaac’s dreams, and why is she always present before a death; and why, when Isaac looks into the eyes of his neighbors, does he see them living a thousand lives before?
Description:M.A. Thesis. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2019
Pages/Duration:275 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections: M.A. - English

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