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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Open market ed edition (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230769349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230769342
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.9 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,337,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Manfredi beautifully retells Homer's epic poem, the Iliad, in a classical manner, which at first seems stilted to our modern ears but grows increasingly lyrical as the style and language enhance the reader's experience of rediscovering an ancient tale. This masterpiece will be eagerly devoured by those who enjoy the works of Bernard Cornwell and Steven Pressfield." --"Library Journal" (Starred Review)
"A tantalizing story . . . This is a beautifully told tale, and fans of novels about the great characters of Greek mythology will relish the story and eagerly await the final volume." --"Booklist"
Praise for Valerio Massimo Manfredi
"Remarkable . . . one of life's unalloyed pleasures." --"The New York Times"
"Constructs his narrative with a methodical hand . . . His simple descriptions of rural life . . . capture a lost way of life." --"The New Yorker"
"Manfredi's narration of ancient Greek history owes as much to John Ford and George Lucas as it does to Herodotus." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"A masterful storyteller, carefully weaving in political and military history, realistically describing the brutality of hoplite warfare and vividly depicting the treachery and betrayal of kings." --"Publishers Weekly"


"A tantalizing story . . . This is a beautifully told tale, and fans of novels about the great characters of Greek mythology will relish the story and eagerly await the final volume." --"Booklist"
Praise for Valerio Massimo Manfredi
"Remarkable . . . one of life's unalloyed pleasures." --"The New York Times"
"Constructs his narrative with a methodical hand . . . His simple descriptions of rural life . . . capture a lost way of life." --"The New Yorker"
"Manfredi's narration of ancient Greek history owes as much to John Ford and George Lucas as it does to Herodotus." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"A masterful storyteller, carefully weaving in political and military history, realistically describing the brutality of hoplite warfare and vividly depicting the treachery and betrayal of kings." --"Publishers Weekly"

A tantalizing story . . . This is a beautifully told tale, and fans of novels about the great characters of Greek mythology will relish the story and eagerly await the final volume. "Booklist"
Praise for Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Remarkable . . . one of life s unalloyed pleasures. "The New York Times"
Constructs his narrative with a methodical hand . . . His simple descriptions of rural life . . . capture a lost way of life. "The New Yorker"
Manfredi s narration of ancient Greek history owes as much to John Ford and George Lucas as it does to Herodotus. "Kirkus Reviews"
A masterful storyteller, carefully weaving in political and military history, realistically describing the brutality of hoplite warfare and vividly depicting the treachery and betrayal of kings. "Publishers Weekly"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The first title in an epic series following the life of Odysseus – adventure, passion and battle in ancient Greece --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've read a few of this author's books before, and I'm not sure if it's his style of writing, or the translations, but they always read as being in quite `simple' language, if I can put it like that - uncomplicated, easy narratives of historical or mythical times, places and people. They're jolly good reads without being demanding.

This story is the first part (of I think, two) which tells the story of Odysseus - most people would know of Odysseus from the history of the Trojan War - the Wooden horse, the trickery of Odysseus, his long journey home after the War. This book starts from the childhood of Odysseus and gives us a taste of his early life as son of Laertes of Ithaca. It's not until quite a way into the book that Troy finds its way into the story, when Menelaus of Sparta arrives with news of Helen.

All the familiar names are here - Hercules, Jason, Antenor, Priam, Aeneas, Diomedes, Nestor, Antilochus, Ajax, Agamemnon, Achilles, Menelaus, Hector, Odysseus and of course Helen. This is an epic tale told many times before, but the author has offered a very fresh way of viewing these familiar stories. I really enjoyed the way the author has entwined myths and legends of Greek history into the story of Odysseus, and it's all done in a way that offers a very united and flowing narrative. The language of this book is, as the author acknowledges himself in an Author's note at the end, a deliberate attempt to offer a taste of the simple syntax and rhythmic writing offered by Homer and it takes the tales of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and the Aenead of Virgil, and puts the story into a flowing, flawless narrative for a modern audience. The Heroes, the Gods, the brutality of ancient warfare; it's all brought to vivid life here.

This is a really good novel; a great epic tale brought to new life by an accomplished author. Definitely recommended, and I look forward to the sequel.
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For those that have read the Iliad and Odyssey, this book fills in the gaps about the early life of Odysseus in the usual enthralling style of Manfredi. It is not always clear in Manfredi's books, what is fact and what is fiction but it is possible to enjoy the story, safe in the knowledge that what fiction there is, is based on a thorough understanding of the history of the times in which his books are set.

Events move at a pace until the book catches up with the Iliad and then the story line starts to drag slightly as it tows along the events of the siege of Troy. The book again fills in the gap left between the Iliad and Odyssey when it describes the story of the wooden horse and the fall of Troy, most of this appearing to be based the story as it appears in Greek plays. Again this section of the story flows at the usual pace of Manfredi's books.

I really like this book and enjoyed the creation of a flawed hero figure to describe Odysseus, a feature not as apparent in Homer.

I would have given this book five stars except for the slowing of the pace were the book goes over ground covered in the Iliad.

I am looking forward to the second volume about Odysseus's later life.
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Initially I wasn't absolutely sure about this one, from the way in which it begins, but stick with it and it becomes a great read.

Manfredi trawls through the fragmentary remains of the Epic Cycle and many other legends of the great heroes of the events which led up to the Trojan War, and compiles a coherent and believable account (that is, he often describes an impossible and magical situation in a way that seems eminently practical but which could certainly lead on to a more magical re-telling over ensuing years) of the early years of Odysseus and the terrible events which preceded the War. He moves on to the course of the War itself, and briefly incorporates the story of the Iliad in an overview of a conflict that is traditionally said to have lasted ten years, culminating in a chilling rendering of the Sack of Troy again based on a fragmentary account of an ancient epic poem long since lost.

Manfredi can most certainly write, and his battle descriptions are gripping, not least because he keeps things quite basic, making a positive virtue of a simple direct style, not unlike Homer himself. The translation from Italian is really excellent, with only a couple of signs, late on, that the translator was getting a bit tired - for example he wrote "I lay a hand on his shoulder . . . " instead of "I laid a hand . . . ", and starts to use "like" when he means "as (if)" (or is this just an Americanism that slipped through the editing?). The research is impressive, and evidently includes material from very late writers (e.g.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
I've read a few of this author's books before, and I'm not sure if it's his style of writing, or the translations, but they always read as being in quite `simple' language, if I can put it like that - uncomplicated, easy narratives of historical or mythical times, places and people. They're jolly good reads without being demanding.

This story is the first part (of I think, two) which tells the story of Odysseus - most people would know of Odysseus from the history of the Trojan War - the Wooden horse, the trickery of Odysseus, his long journey home after the War. This book starts from the childhood of Odysseus and gives us a taste of his early life as son of Laertes of Ithaca. It's not until quite a way into the book that Troy finds its way into the story, when Menelaus of Sparta arrives with news of Helen.

All the familiar names are here - Hercules, Jason, Antenor, Priam, Aeneas, Diomedes, Nestor, Antilochus, Ajax, Agamemnon, Achilles, Menelaus, Hector, Odysseus and of course Helen. This is an epic tale told many times before, but the author has offered a very fresh way of viewing these familiar stories. I really enjoyed the way the author has entwined myths and legends of Greek history into the story of Odysseus, and it's all done in a way that offers a very united and flowing narrative. The language of this book is, as the author acknowledges himself in an Author's note at the end, a deliberate attempt to offer a taste of the simple syntax and rhythmic writing offered by Homer and it takes the tales of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and the Aenead of Virgil, and puts the story into a flowing, flawless narrative for a modern audience. The Heroes, the Gods, the brutality of ancient warfare; it's all brought to vivid life here.

This is a really good novel; a great epic tale brought to new life by an accomplished author. Definitely recommended, and I look forward to the sequel.
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