The Song of Troy

The Song of Troy

Book - 1998
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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.

Here is the enchanting Helen, who we first meet 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. Here is powerful King Agamemnon with his terrifyingly ambitious wife Klytemnestra and his soothsaying mistress Kassandra. We meet 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.

Chapter by chapter the narrative is handed from one character to another as the long years of siege, bloody battles, love and death unfold and the gods exact their retribution. With extraordinary vividness Colleen McCullough engages our sympathy for each character and gives this ancient saga a contemporary sense of urgency and excitement.

An unputdownable read and the best possible way to introduce a new generation of readers to one of the greatest stories ever told.

Publisher: Orion, c1998.
ISBN: 9780752814131
0752814133
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCC

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Jul 03, 2014

To write a story where the end is already known and the characters are those of legend would seem to leave little for a writer to work with but McCullough has no problem making this story come alive.
Told by multiple points of view, the story could at times feel as if it was a little choppy but the different voices were distinct and interesting. Having parts of the story told by the Trojans and parts by the Greeks, gave a wonderful overview of the war from both sides.
Every writer has their own interpretation of the characters in this story, legend can only tell us so much and so the actual personalities of the people are left wide open for an author to create. In this version, Helen and Paris aren't viewed in the rosy light of romance but under the bright lights showing vanity, stupidity and boredom. Priam is foolish, Agamemnon ambitious and greedy, Odysseus deceitful.....which all ended up making a very realistic and compelling tale.

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