A PROMETHEAN FIGURE NO ONE RECOGNIZED…

January 11th, 2018

From Robicheaux by James Lee Burke:

He was the trickster from folk mythology who flung scat at respectability. But he was a far more complicated man, in essence a Greek tragedy, a Promethean figure no one recognized as such, a member of the just men in Jewish legend who suffered for the rest of us. If there are angels among us, as St. Paul suggests, I believed Clete was one of them, his wings auraed with smoke, his cloak rolled in blood, his sword broken in battle but unsurrrendered and unsheathed, a protector whose genus went back to Thermopylae and Masada. p. 322

Will Patton reads another description of Clete from The Glass Rainbow.

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