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Overview

The Song of Troy As urgent and passionate as if told for the first time, the narrative is passed from one character to another: Priam, King of Troy, doomed to make the wrong decisions for the right reasons; the Greek princess Helen, a self-indulgent beauty who deserts her boring husband for the sake of an equally self-indulgent beauty, the Trojan prince Paris; the haunted fighting machine, Achilles; the heroically noble hektor; the subtle and brilliant Odysseus; Agmemnon, King of Kings, who consents to the unspeakable in order to launch his thousand ships, and thus incurs the enmity of his terrifying wife, Klytemnestra. But where does human folly end? And where does the pitiless retribution of the Gods begin? The characters dazzle, swinging our sympathies from Greece to Troy and back again as each of them moves inexorably towards a fate even the Gods cannot avert.

Colleen McCullough's compelling, fascinating, novel shows readers of every generation the unforgettable power of a story that lies deep at the heart of Western culture, and still resonates today.

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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. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Forgotten your Homer? Here's a good chance to brush up, since McCullough (Morgan's Run, 2000, etc.) relied heavily on the Iliad and the Odyssey (along with Herodotus, Sophocles, Pindar, Hesiod, and Virgil) in putting together this narration of the Trojan Wars. You've already met just about everyone here—the lubricious Helen (whose idle lusts brought ruin to whole worlds), the caddish and egocentric Paris, the wily Odysseus, the proud Achilles, the noble Hektor, the terrifying Klytemnestra—and the author tells the story in their voices, narrating each chapter by one or another of the principals. While there's an inevitably anachronistic modern sensibility overlaying the emotions and reactions of the classical protagonists ("I stared back, at a loss. How did a rape begin?"), reminiscent in a way of the Hollywood costume epics of the 1950s, McCullough manages to bring a fresh tone to the ancient saga, while the multiple narratives enhance the story without confusing the action. Of course, the shading and the details are everything, here, since we all know how it ends. Surprisingly rich and witty: a nice reprise—or a good introduction, as the case may be.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752817637
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 483
  • Product dimensions: 4.33 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Colleen McCullough
With an undeniable talent for evoking the past, Australian author Colleen McCullough has written popular novels -- such as The Thorn Birds, Morgan's Run, and her Masters of Rome series -- that go beyond the conventions of romance or historical drama but contain elements of both.

Biography

Colleen Mccullough was born in Australia. A neurophysiologist, she established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, then worked as a researcher and teacher at Yale Medical School for ten years. Her writing career began with Tim, followed by The Thorn Birds, a record-breaking international best-seller. The author of nine other novels, McCullough has also written lyrics for musical theater. She lives on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific with her husband, Ric Robinson.

Author biography courtesy of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    1. Hometown:
      Norfolk Island, 1,000 miles off the Australian coast
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 1, 1937
    2. Place of Birth:
      Wellington, New South Wales, Australia
    1. Education:
      Attended University of Sydney

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2001

    Another Triumph for Colleen McCullough!

    McCullough once again brings the ancients to life in this fascinating account of the Greeks' 10 year struggle to overtake Troy. Although the story is familiar the approach is fresh. As I waited for the next installment of the Caesar series, I was so fortunate to have stumbled across this wonderful book! Thank you Ms. McCullough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    Absolutely Brilliant

    I loved this. A fantastic and epic retelling of the story of Troy, weaving new ideas of humanity and personality into the many characters, while giving a brilliant sense of wonder and awe in the tale itself. Helen the beautiful, Odysseus the wise, Priam the tiring, Agammemnon the proud, Achilles the tragic. A simply beautiful tale that I will read over and over again.

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