Dragonflies Paperback – Apr 21 2011
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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.See all Product Description
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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.