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Black Ships Before Troy Hardcover – Oct 1993

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (Oct. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385310692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385310697
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 22.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,529,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosemary Sutcliff was born in Surrey, the daughter of a naval officer. At the age of two she contracted the progressively wasting Still's disease, and hence spent most of her life in a wheelchair. Her first children's book was published in 1950, and from then on she devoted her time and talents to the writing of children's historical novels, which have placed her name high in the field of contemporary children's literature. Rosemary received an OBE in the 1975 Birthday Honours List.

Rosemary Sutcliff's novels about Roman Britain have won much critical acclaim. The best-known of these is her The Eagle of the Ninth trilogy, of which the second book in the trilogy, The Lantern Bearers, was awarded the 1959 Carnegie Medal.

Sadly, Rosemary died in 1992 at the age of 72.

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Rosemary Sutcliff had the ability to make daunting historical fiction accessible to a young readership. In this retelling of Homer's Iliad, she retains all the excitement of the original ancient Greek story, with its colourful cast of Gods and heroes. The Iliad is not an easy book, with violent battle scenes and psychological drama, but there is enough magic and charm in the story to keep even the most faint-hearted reader enthralled. Sutcliff's version is an excellent introduction to the book and anyone who enjoys this would be well advised to pick up a copy of the same author's wonderful interpretation of Homer's Odyssey, The Wanderings of Odysseus, also published by Frances Lincoln. (Carousel) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Rosemary Suttcliff was a matchless writer of historical fiction. She wrote for all ages from nine to ninety. She died in 1992 at the age of 71. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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IN THE HIGH and far-off days when men were heroes and walked with the gods, Peleus, king of the Myrmidons, took for his wife a sea nymph called Thetis, Thetis of the Silver Feet. Read the first page
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
Black Ships Before Troy is a wonderful version of the trojan seige. It keeps the complexity of the story, but moves it along at an exciting and thrilling pace. Gritty and poetical, this fantastic story has just inspired my neice to read the original version by Homer. A wonderful introduction to greek classics, or just a great story.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 May 2004
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After reading this book with our 6 year old son, we eagerly awaited the new TROY film. But, alas, what a disappointment the film was compared to this wonderful, magical book. Our son loves it. As soon as we finished it the first time, we immediately started over from the beginning. Beautifully written and illustrated, I recommend this book without reservations!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2015
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The perfect companion for all history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

Achilles sat among his ships, nursing his anger as though it were a red rose in his breast." The late Rosemary Sutcliff always knew how to humanize the epic heroes without diminishing their power. Now, with the same kind of lyrical prose that distinguished her Arthurian trilogy, she takes on Homer's Iliad.

People whose names we all know--Helen, Hector, Achilles, Odysseus, etc.--are all woven into one great story, with the jealous gods taking sides in the Greeks' 10-year siege of the city of Troy. Sutcliff's strong rhythms and Lee's misty watercolors in shades of brown, blue, and silvergray make this large-size volume great for reading aloud.

The dramatic confrontations. Achilles sulks in his tent, then driven mad with grief and rage at the death of his friend Patroclus, he not only kills Hector, but also drags the body through the dust and filth of the battlefield. For all the rules of honor, this is a filthy battlefield, "clotted with blood," the soldiers drunk with fire and killing. Lee's illustrations show gateways choked with soldiers and chariots, men and women bent with sorrow. The climax, the story of the Wooden Horse, is amazingly told, taut with cunning and terror.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Quicken refugee on 19 July 2004
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My 7 year old loves this book. I read him a chapter every evening. Rosemary Sutcliffe's language is so beautiful its a pleasure to read it to him. The illustrations match the mystery of the story.
This book led us on to the Odyssey (The Wanderings of Odysseus) and the Aeneid (In search of a Homeland) by the same publishers. But this is the favourite. We're now on our second reading - I daresay not the last.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 2001
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The tale of the Trojan war with all its triumphs and tragedies, magically told. Rosemary Sutcliffe writes beautifully and the illustrations - classic and subtle watercolours - are extremely beautiful and a real departure from the usual cartoon type illustrations encountered so often these days in children's books. For a child who likes to daydream, this will be a wonderful book to linger over. My ten year old son loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2014
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The Iliad and the other poems on the Trojan War tell one of the most famous stories in myth (and possibly a good dollop of history). This book is aimed at children so it lightens up on the constant repetition of slaughter (but only relatively) . Sutcliff manages a deliberately semi-archaic hommage to Homeric speech and does pretty well. The illustrations are first rate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2014
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The Iliad and the other poems on the Trojan War tell one of the most famous stories in myth (and possibly a good dollop of history). This book is aimed at children so it lightens up on the constant repetition of slaughter (but only relatively) . Sutcliff manages a deliberately semi-archaic hommage to Homeric speech and does pretty well. The illustrations are first rate.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2002
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My 9 year old son loves this book. It has lots of hard names and places and the language is not what kids are used to in modern fiction, but nonetheless he can't wait to pick it up, or better still for someone to read it to him. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is action packed and gory enough to appeal to any child!
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