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Never one to shy away from a good saga, Colleen McCullough (The Thorn Birds) tackles the Trojan War in The Song of Troy, a retelling modern in idiom but faithful to the original where it counts. Narrated by several of the key participants (Achilles, Agamemnon, Helen, etc.), it follows the war from the beginning, when Helen leaves her husband, Priam, for Paris of Troy, to the end, when Odysseus uses the wooden horse to sneak his soldiers into the city. Not aimed at classics scholars, this is a laudable interpretation of the epic, rendered with both sweep and intimacy.
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McCullough's excellent retelling of the Trojan War saga will appeal both to readers familiar with the famous Greek tale and those with a fledgling interest in the subject. Written in a clever, almost conversational tone, McCullough's version of the 10-year siege of Troy by the armies of Greece unfolds slowly and dramatically, with each chapter narrated by one of the conflict's major players. The trouble begins when the mythical beauty Helen flees Greece to be with her Trojan lover, Paris. This liaison provides the king of Greece with a long-awaited reason to attack Troy. The war drags on for a decade, until Odysseus hatches his brilliant Trojan-horse plan, which brings the war to its ultimate bloody conclusion. McCullough packs the novel with a host of colorful characters who tell the tale of the horrible war from both sides: Helen and Paris, the impassioned lovers at the source of the conflict; the "king of kings," Agamemnon, who, in his desperation to win the war, sacrifices his youngest daughter; the sad old man King Priam; the clever Odysseus; and the tragic warrior Achilles. This vivid portrayal of the people and events of the Trojan War is actually a rewritten version of McCullough's first novel, which was never published. A personal agreement between her and this publisher--not her usual one--now leads to its appearance in print, and her many fans will find it difficult to put down. Kathleen Hughes
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The Song of Troy is a fabulous look at the ancient tale of the Trojan War. Ms. McCullough spins a marvelous yarn about a fascinating period. Read morePublished on June 13 2001 by Kindle Customer
A bit disappointing to me. Tale of the Seige of Troy as told from the various participant's stories. No character development that compares with mccullough's Roman saga. Read morePublished on May 22 2001 by Noel Molloy