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The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters Hardcover – 22 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins; First Edition edition (22 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007335520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007335527
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.4 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘[A] brilliant, passionate, world-wandering love letter to Homer … If the only real test of any book about Homer is that it should make you want to go back to Homer, then ‘The Mighty Dead’ passes that test in a blaze of glory’ Sunday Times

‘Nicolson dusts down Homer for a new generation. Superbly written’ Daily Telegraph

‘The book that was waiting to be written … a superbly written account of the poems’ The Times

‘Thrilling and unsettling … [a] wonderfully expressive alloy of travelogue, scholarship and advocacy, which broods with heartfelt grace … Nicolson's books always shine with the Homeric virtues of eloquence, passion, generosity, audacity and candour … He does them proud’ Boyd Tonkin, Independent

‘A hosanna to Homeric wandering and wanderlust … breathes new life into an ancient adventure’ Observer

‘A beautiful study: full of insight, generosity and unaffected passion. The writing is exhilarating’ Guardian

‘A thrillingly energised book … it transmits a whole worldview at once decipherable and dramatically strange … To read Homer is to be struck by what Nicolson calls ‘time-vertigo’ – and this book is one that holds your hand and encourages you to peer over the edge. To read it is to have a fat pair of Homeric jump-leads attached from Nicolson’s sparkling and crackling faculties to your own’ Spectator

‘As gripping as a thriller and as delicately constructed as a sonnet … an astonishing tour de force that reveals Homer to be at once as ancient as papyrus and as modern as MTV … Not only does he have an inward understanding of how Homer’s poetry works, his own prose also has the sharp glitter of a poet’s eye’ Telegraph

‘Erudite, far-ranging in time and space, and provocative …This rich and adventurous book is Nicolson’s own odyssey … [his] enthusiasm is enriching and his examination of the character of the two epics acute and fascinating. Homer matters because he can stimulate books such as this’ Literary Review

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