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The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    This is a book that puts the Trojan war into perspective. It also opens up the reader to the majesty of the bronze age poetry with sufficent anotation to give an appreciation of what Homer alludes to.

    I enjoyed this book. Ms. Alexander's words were a canvas of the Trojan War, giving life to its characters, and letting you into its setting in time.
    The main focus of the book, Achilles, is allowed to emerge from Homers work, and be given the respect that was taken from him in earlier interpretations of works from the Trojan War. The recent movies which have used the Trojan War as a backdrop would have been more vibrant and less stiff if they used this book as a reference for the characters inner workings.
    Finally, it is a well written book. It is for the intelligent reader, one who can savor the sentences as they come from the pages, and guide the reader to the fields of Ilium.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    A Guide to the Birds of East Africa

    This is a wonderful story. The characters get into your heart.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

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    Nice introduction to Illiad and interesting details.

    I've read about 100 pages so far and it is very interesting. I've read the Illiad maybe four times and I have it on CD which is also fun. I never bothered to look into it other than looking on the wikipedia. The oral history theories and other war epics and the uniqueness of the Illiad are stimulating to read more on it. Thank you.

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