The Talisman of Troy: A Novel Paperback – 15 Oct 2004
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About the Author
Valerio Massimo Manfredi is professor of classical archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. He has published nine works of fiction, including the 'Alexander' trilogy, which has been translated into 24 languages in 38 countries. He has written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world and has written screenplays for cinema and television.
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This book was first published in 1994, and is also published under the title `Heroes'. In it, Manfredi has addressed the tales of the heroes who left Troy after the fall of the city and the death of Paris and Priam. The Trojan War was over, and it remained only for the survivors of Troy to flee with Aeneas, and for the heroes of the Greek and allied armies to return home. But for many of those heroes, the journey home was as arduous as the War had been, and many faced terrible danges on the way, and death on their return.
The book features largely the story of Diomedes, son of Tydeus and King of Argos. On his return home he finds that his queen, Aigialeia is seeking to kill him and his returning warriors for her own purposes and he flees again with his warriors to find safety elsewhere. In the meantime, we read of the tales of Menelaus, reunited with his queen Helen; Agamemnon, who returned home to be betrayes by his wife Clytemnestra; Nestor, who returned home to safety and old age. Over the years the heroes struggled to find sanctuary, many suffering the torments of the gods for their actions at Troy and after. And linked to them all is the talisman of Troy, the tale of a great power that many seek. The lands are racked with unrest, ill omens, invasions by the Sea Peoples. And the next generation seek their own revenge - Electra, Orestes, Pyrrhus.Read more ›
The whole book appeared to be leading up to a pivitol moment, and it just never arrives. I cannot put into words what a dissapointing attempt this is. "The Spartan" and the Alexander Trilogy are in my opinion very good, i really enjoyed them. But this, I just thought that it was not good at all. Do not buy this; buy any of his other books, except maybe the "Last Legion".
I had trouble feeling for the hero Diomedes, whose story serves to carry the plot, but elicits hardly any of the emotion which has kept these myths present as the archetypes of drama to this day.
I can't judge the historical relevance of the author's conjecture, but conjecture is not why I take issue with the text: it's simply written by numbers and finishing it was a chore.
The ending felt like an afterthought - rushed, as if the only criterion had been to stay within a page limit.
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i personally can not comment on this as i purchased it for someone else, they have said that its a good book and recommend it if this is the type of reading you like.Published on 2 Sept. 2013 by lorrpam
This Homer inspired tale fills in the space between "The Illiad" and "The Odyssey" with a history of the various Kings, Queens and heroes who survived the famous War at Troy. Read morePublished on 16 July 2012 by Rotgut
I can see the cleverness of the idea, a novelization of the aftermath of the siege of Troy. As such it blends the distinctive style of the epic tales from the period with a more... Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2010 by Lee Hanley
Firstly, I have to say that I bought this book after reading Manfredi's excellent novel `The Last Legion' and started reading this with all the due expectation that it would be... Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2009 by Mr. R. Coleman
Manfredi here adds a new and interesting spin on a time in history that makes for a very entertaining book. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2008 by chuckles