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A gripping and epic tale of the battle of Troy,
This review is from: The Song Of Troy (Paperback)
I am a devoted Coleen McCullough's reader, and especially the Master of Rome books are my favourite. Thus when I learned about her novel telling the epic history of Illiad I picked it up instantly. It is a very interesting book that I would recommend to anyone, especially given that in the schools they no longer teach Homer to students, and the thorough knowledge of legends and Gods of Ancient Greece can prove valuable. But even if you know the story by heart, you will be enthralled. What I enjoyed most was that I could see the epic struggle of Troy from so many points of view; every chapter has it own protagonist, be it Achilles, Agamemnon, Helen, Priam, Nestor, Odyseus,or so many others. You are allowed the liberty of choosing your own favourite hero/heroine. And besides, the book does not only retell the Illiad. Far from it. The actual war of Troy begins halfway through the story, for first we learn he reasons of Greek attack. In overall, even though I still prefer reading about Marius or Ceasar to Odyseus and Achilles, I truly enjoyed the book.