The tragic and terrible drama of the war between Greeks and Trojans, the long siege of Troy, and the impact of one woman's beauty on the fate of two nations, is played out again in this dazzling novel based on Homer's ILIAD. Meet enchanting Helen, who we first encounter as a spoiled teenager and whose passion for the handsome, reckless Paris leads ...Read MoreThe tragic and terrible drama of the war between Greeks and Trojans, the long siege of Troy, and the impact of one woman's beauty on the fate of two nations, is played out again in this dazzling novel based on Homer's ILIAD. Meet enchanting Helen, who we first encounter as a spoiled teenager and whose passion for the handsome, reckless Paris leads to the betrayal of her husband, King Menelaus, and the fall of the House of Troy. Powerful King Agamemnon with his terrifyingly ambitious wife Klytemnestra and his soothsaying mistress Kassandra. Odysseus, doomed to wander the Aegean for twenty long years; brave Achilles, who is haunted by the mad shade of his mother; the heroes Hektor and Ajax, and many more.Read Less
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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ), London
Colleen McCullough has written a little known volume on the Trojan War. It is written from the perspective of all the major players. Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia, Achilles, Odysseus and all the rest you know from the legends of this great battle that literally changed the face of the world.
This is not just a battle montage, it recounts not only the epic war that lasted for 10 years, but the back story of Helen and Paris and the legendary "love" that caused both countries to battle for their very lives.
This book is written with an unusual perspective, one that I haven't seen since Stephen King's The Stand. Enjoy! I did!
Publishers Weekly, 2001-07-16 Never one to shy away from a good saga, Colleen McCullough (The Thorn Birds) tackles the Trojan War in The Song of Troy, a retelling modern in idiom but faithful to the original where it counts. Narrated by several of the key participants (Achilles, Agamemnon, Helen, etc.), it follows the war from the beginning, when Helen leaves her husband, Priam, for Paris of Troy, to the end, when Odysseus uses the wooden horse to sneak his soldiers into the city. Not aimed at classics scholars, this is a laudable interpretation of the epic, rendered with both sweep and intimacy. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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