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Posted June 26, 2005
An evening well spent
This short novel was a surprise--one I had tucked in the back of my bookshelf for awhile. The sensual writing in the first few pages makes it a books you can't put down: you can see the two rivers, one bright and one black, taste the crisp, salted fish, smell the smoke from the sacrificial offerings, etc. Cook sets a solemn tone from the very beginning that is just right for the retelling of the Achilles tale. The Keats connection could have been better incorporated, but it helps to make her point about the timeless connections of the human spirit.
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