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Dragonflies [Paperback]

Grant Buday

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Book Description

Sept. 15 2008
After ten years the Trojan War is at a deadlock. Both sides are exhausted while the Greeks are at each other's throats and reduced to eating limpets. Odysseus, cleverest of men, more than anything wants to return to Ithaka and his wife and son and orange grove. When Agamemnon, king of the Greeks, asks Odysseus to devise a scheme to settle the conflict once and for all, Odysseus comes up with the idea of the great horse. Yet many think the idea mad. The comic and iconoclastic Odysseus will have more than his ingenuity tested before he can set sail for home. This deeply imagined and exquisitely written novel details the last days of the Trojan War, fleshing out the myth and mystery of one of the greatest stories in the Western canon in a fashion that makes it immediate, contemporary, and...

Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Biblioasis; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897231474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897231470
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #452,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Buday's genius is that of a storyteller." --Vancouver Sun

"Grant Buday is a great storyteller. He's a charmer...and it's hard not to love him for it." --Danforth Review

About the Author

Grant Buday's novels include the award-winning White Lung, A Sack of Teeth, and Rootbound. His short fiction has appeared in The Journey Prize Anthology and is forthcoming in Best Canadian Stories.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem Nov. 17 2012
By James P. Patuto - Published on Amazon.com
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I was quite wary about this book. A retelling of the Illiad? but no, this is a unique book, Told in the words of Odysseus, from right after the death of Achilles to the Trojan Horse. It is a musing on war, honor, love. There are some anachronisms , which I usually don't like in a novel, but this is not really historical fiction, and they are weaved perfectly into the story. Highly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trojan War as a parableT April 24 2010
By Twain Error - Published on Amazon.com
This is not only a fresh look at the most famous of the Greek myths, the war against Troy by the Greeks, but it is also a commentary on war in general. Odysseus has been fighting at Troy for ten years, and victory, when it comes, is so much ashes in his mouth. I recommend this book highly. James Allan Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing time-trip! April 13 2009
By Bookguy - Published on Amazon.com
Dragonflies is an astonishing, compulsive read - the evocation of Odysseus in the last days of the Trojan Wars is breathtakingly real, earthy yet poetic, but above all human. By turns funny, gory, grotty, and heartbreaking, this timeless story, told in vivid first-person and stripped of easy lies about glory and honour, puts the fragility of human bodies and our vexed longing for some kind of eternity front and centre, making the narrative as timely today as it was in the days of Homer. The treatment of Helen vs Penelope -- with its pithy analysis of what makes a woman irresistible -- intrigues, while the ending, where we know the narrator's expectations of quick reunion with his loved ones are doomed, is truly poignant. Historical fiction buff or not, Dragonflies is un-put-downable - I finished it in one night (mind you at 180 pp it's quite slender, perfect for bedtime reading .. as long as you can handle a fair bit of brutal murder and mayhem before lights out, that is).

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