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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Biblioasis; 1st Edition edition (April 21 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897231474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897231470
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #539,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After ten years the Trojan War is at a deadlock. Both sides are exhausted, and Odysseus, cleverest of men, wants more than anything to return to Ithaka and his wife and son and orange grove. He aches for home, but not without a certain fear that he will return a stranger to the son he hasn't seen in ten years. 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. No Trojan, he thinks, can resist a magnificent 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. Told from Odysseus' perspective, it fleshes out the myth and mystery of one of the greatest stories in the Western canon.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa72d7870) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75a29f0) out of 5 stars What a gem Nov. 17 2012
By James P. Patuto - Published on
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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.
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HASH(0xa748b12c) out of 5 stars Amazing time-trip! April 13 2009
By Bookguy - Published on
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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).
HASH(0xa6ec4858) out of 5 stars Odysseus's Viewpoint May 25 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Another fascinating Trojan War retelling. The War is at stalemate after 10 years; Agamemnon and Menelaus, brothers who inflicted it on everyone, ask Odysseus to think of some subterfuge to bring an end to hostilities. The story is told from Odysseus's viewpoint: the last few days and months--spring to summer--ending the War, interspersed with reminiscences. Thinking of his little son, Telemachus, luring crabs out of their holes to catch them, leads him to conceive of the wooden Horse. If the Trojans lead it into their city, Greeks hidden inside can emerge secretly and overpower the Trojans for a decisive victory. The idea is debated. The Greeks finally decide to use it, with modifications. Chosen men enter the belly of the Horse, wait and the Horse is taken into the City. At the end he muses, "... at long last the Trojan War is finished ... soon, very soon, in a month at most, I will be home."

These familiar characters are given personalities. We see Odysseus not merely as the trickster and with a slippery tongue, but truly longing for wife and son. His family appears in his memories. He has "hoist himself by his own petard" by having suggested an Oath of mutual help, years ago and now being bound by it. Written with vividness, terseness and imagination. I took dragonflies as a symbol for change--life to death, change of seasons.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7576e58) out of 5 stars The Trojan War as a parableT April 24 2010
By Twain Error - Published on
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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