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Black Ships Before Troy: The Story Of The Iliad Paperback – 13 Dec 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc (13 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055349483X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553494839
  • ASIN: B0073G9848
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Story of the Iliad" Homer's epic poem, The Illiad, is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. In it, the abduction of the legendary beauty, Helen of Troy, leads to a conflict in which even the gods and goddesses take sides and intervene. It is in the Trojan War that the most valiant heroes of the ancient world are pitted against one another. Here Hectore, Ajax, Achilles, and Odysseus meet their most formidable challenges and in some casas their tragic ends. Rosemary Sutcliff makes such extraordinary stories as those of those Trojan horse, of Aphrodite and the golden apple, and of the fearsome warrior women Amazons, accessible to contemporary young people. This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 6-8, Stories) in Appendix B. "From the Hardcover edition."

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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2002
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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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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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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 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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