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Some familiar subjects--especially historical ones such as the sacking of Troy--are these days rarely tackled for fear of the inevitable repetition of other works involved and potential accusations of unoriginality on the author's part. So what more could another retelling of this well-trodden tale of Ancient Greece, interfering gods, vulnerable mortals, war, bloodshed and a wooden horse contribute to the canon of literature worth reading?
Well, in the case of Troy by Adèle Geras, quite a lot, actually.
And it is, perhaps, because Geras is such a veteran of literature worth reading that she has managed this feat in a manner so refreshingly original and consummately believable. Geras approaches the stuff of legend in much the way that Kevin Crossley-Holland does in his book of Arthur, The Seeing Stone, by telling a big story in short chapters through the eyes of smaller people--in this case, principally, two young sisters in the royal households of Troy called Xanthe and Marpessa. As love triangles unfold, as the war rages to its well-known climax and blood runs at its thickest, our expert witnesses find themselves at the heart of incredible events--and in turn breathe life into traditional themes and ancient times that might otherwise have been the preserve of academics and scholars of Homer.
A frivolous and deliberate act by Aphrodite, the goddess of love, causes Xanthe and Marpessa to both fall in love with the same man--a wounded soldier called Alastor who arrives, writhing in pain, into the Blood Room where Xanthe nurses the slain. While the siblings clash and blame it all on the gods, other hearts are hurting too. Iason, stable boy to Hector, the son of Priam, has loved Xanthe since childhood. In turn, Polyxena, the granddaughter of Priam's singer, is in love with Iason. Alongside these cruel intertwined romances, some leading to tragedy and bitterness, the grim brutality of the climax to the Trojan War unfolds.
Troy is weighty in more ways than one. Yes, people are burnt to death, men slaughtered and women enslaved--but there are humorous crones and gossiping washerwomen too. Few punches are pulled here. But this is war, and anything less would be misleading. The writing is honest and skilfully rounded, the characters distinct and authentic. The setting is ancient, but the underlying messages are thoroughly modern.
Deservedly shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Prize, Troyis a must-read novel by a must-read novelist. (Age 11+). --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Engrossing. . . . Delivers the sack of Troy as an ambitious, cinematic affair."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"A sexy, sweeping tale, filled with drama, sassy humor, and vividly imagined domestic details."--"Booklist"
(star)"Captivating."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
That's the point of view you always hear it from. But this story is talking about some of the people caught up in the fighting. The girls, Xanthe, Marpessa and Polyxena, and the men, Alastor and Iason. It's a lovestory, an action adventure. It's like the perfect film, but making it a film would probably spoil it as you could never get such feeling and imagination from moving pictures as you can with print and paper.
The inevitable climax of the book is handled with skill and makes for a powerful and moving story that will haunt the reader long after they have closed the book. A job very well done.
The tale is pretty accurate, but it becomes a bit whimsical rather than tragic when, for example, the girls see the gods in the city. Yes, I know perfectly that Homer makes his gods tangible beings, but they never lose their dignity and awe (even when Hera seduces Zeus, for example) but the idea of Poseidon selling fish in the Trojan market, or Hephaistus taking over a Trojan forge to make Achilles' famous shield really didn't work for me.
Having said that, I did enjoy the book, but found it often less emotional that I expected. Andromache's response to the death of Hector is done very well but then the tone falls away.
Overall I would recommend this to young teenagers who would benefit from being introduced to this story, but there really is no comparison with reading Homer.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history or just to anyone who enjoys a good read. Five stars!
While the war rages, and Hector leads the Trojan armies in protection of the cities walls against the Greek hordes of Agamemnon, the goddess of desire Aphrodite plays a cruel trick, as is the habit of the Greek gods to toy with the lives of mortals, on two young Trojan sisters, the strong-willed yet gentle Xanthe, and the quiet and spiritual Marpessa by making them fall in love with the same young man, the warrior Alastor.. Meanwhile the stable hand Iason is in love with Xanthe, and Xanthe's friend Polyxena passionately loves Iason . But we also get to see the great events of the Iliad, such as the slaying of Hector by Achilles, and his desecration of Hector's body by dragging it around the gates of Troy, in his chariot, and the delivery of the wooden Horse to Troy leading to the horrific genocide of Troy that we read about at the end-after all this story is about war as much as about romance.
We read about the characters of Helen, Paris, Hector, Adrymache, Priam and the myriad of gods and goddesses and the author's own unique interpretation of them. What follows is an absorbing and sensitive read, if not quite an epic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful read for anyone who likes Greek mythology or Homer. The book is set in the last year of the infamous Trojan War between the Greeks and Trojans besieged in their city. Read morePublished 16 months ago by julie tang
I read this book when it first came out and was transported to ancient Greece. It is armchair travelling of the very best kind, bringing faraway places and faraway times vividly... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2011 by Reader in Beds
I had heard lots of good things about this book from both my friends and teachers at school. I decided to read it and after the first 3 chapters i was extremely bored. Read morePublished on 27 May 2008 by Bethan Wentz
but rather typecasts all the more famous characters - andromache is a plain jane, cassandra a screaming savant, helen the usual bardot- esque pouting wench straight from a... Read morePublished on 6 July 2007 by J. Turner
I borrowed this book from a library because I love anything which has to do with Troy and I was hooked! It's a great story of love aginst the trojan backdrop. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2007 by Roberta
This book really was quite amazing. I remember reading it on the stairs because i just could not put it down. Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2005 by Briseis
Troy is based on an ancient legend, but has universal appeal. It is essentialy, a love story.This book has everything a good read needs; an interesting plot, well developed... Read morePublished on 19 July 2003