Helen of Troy

Helen of Troy

by Margaret George
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Helen of Troy by Margaret George

Acclaimed author Margaret George tells the story of the legendary Greek woman whose face "launched a thousand ships" in this New York Times bestseller.

The Trojan War, fought nearly twelve hundred years before the birth of Christ, and recounted in Homer's Iliad, continues to haunt us because of its origins: one woman's beauty, a visiting prince's passion, and a love that ended in tragedy.

Laden with doom, yet surprising in its moments of innocence and beauty, Helen of Troy is an exquisite page-turner with a cast of irresistible, legendary characters—Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Menelaus, Priam, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, as well as Helen and Paris themselves. With a wealth of material that reproduces the Age of Bronze in all its glory, it brings to life a war that we have all learned about but never before experienced.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143038993
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/29/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 287,412
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Margaret George is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels of biographical historical fiction, including Elizabeth IHelen of TroyMary, Called MagdaleneThe Memoirs of Cleopatra;Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles; and The Autobiography of Henry VIII.  She also has coauthored a children’s book, Lucille Lost.

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Helen of Troy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Helen Of Troy' was an outstanding book about the Spartan Princess, Helen. The book starts with her running away from Sparta with her lover, Paris, prince of Troy. Menelaus, her jealous ex-husband, attacks Troy a in a many years war. Finally, after many deaths of famous fighters Achilles and Paris, the smart witted Odysseus builds a wooden horse. The Spartan warriors hideaway in the horse and then sack Troy in the cover of night. In the attack all of the royal family is killed, except Helen who is taken back to Sparta. 'Helen Of Troy' was truly an literacy adventure. I would recommend this fabulous book to anyone who wants to enjoy a good read, a historical adventure, or wants to brush up on their Ancient Greek knowledge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was an easy read, was a beautiful story, and was a book that I could not put down. I liked how it was a love story the whole way through. The story of what 'may' have happened between Helen, Paris, and the war between the Greeks and Trojans was believable and easy to follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely amazing. Every aspect of the book sucked me in and I did not want to stop reading it. It portrayed such a great image it was like I was in the book. This book is very discripitive and is masterfully written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book Helen of Troy was outstanding! I have never been so interested in reading a book that was so long(over 600 pages). This book was different. I was interested in the book all the way through until the very end. It was very sad in some parts, but it was also happy in other parts. It is rare for me to find a very long book that I am interested in to the very end. In this book, Helen, said to be the most beautiful woman in the world, was married off to Meneleus when she was only fifteen years old. She was never really happy with Meneleus, but when she had her daughter Hermione she was able to bear with her husband for a while. Later on, when she glimpses a sight of the visiting Trojan prince Paris, she instanting falls in love with him. They then elope away to Troy. The first section of this book is mainly about Helen being in Sparta and all the events that happen in Sparta. This first section is very interesting because it is about Helen and how she was trapped behind the walls of her castle and not alowed to go into the village. This is, in a way, like a foreshadowing of her eloping with Paris because she was trapped for so long, and she wanted to be free. The second part of this book is about her life with Paris. It is also about the Trojan War, how it was started, what happened, and the outcome of the war. This book makes the reader feel like they are actually experiencing the war themselves. The descriptions of the characters in this book are very well written and clear. It makes the readers almost attached to the book because the characters seem so real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the fact this novel was written from the first person point of view. It made the events that happened more personable because you were viewing them through Helen's eyes. Margaret George wove in historical details that blended perfectly with the descriptive text. This book was hard to put down due to the constant plot twists and 'drama.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book that got me started on Margaret George. Her other books were always met with hesitation based solely on the fact of their sheer bulk (almost all approach 1000 pgs). So when I saw this relatively slim 600-page volume, AND it is one of my favorite subjects, I could not resist. So far it is my favorite of the George novels (I don't know! They're all superb!) and is by far my favorite telling of the story of troy. I would have liked to read a bit more about the myth's storyline, both before and after the time actually covered here. But otherwise I have no complaints.
StacieRosePittard More than 1 year ago
There were both good and bad things about this book. For starters, it was very well researched. While reading I felt very much immersed in ancient Greek culture. The way the author portrayed ancient Greek religion was excellent. These were not just old myths and legends people found interesting to share with one another, they were actual beliefs, and the author treated them as if they were real (just as the characters would have believed). I really appreciated that. Historically, I learned a lot about the Trojan War, and the legends behind Helen of Troy. As well researched as this book was, however, I felt it lacking as a novel. The story was a bit dry and boring at times, there were a couple of things that I felt were left unresolved by the end of the book, and at times the dialog seemed to be extremely anachronistic. Overall, I think she would have been better off writing a text book on ancient Greece, rather than attempting to dramatize it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and i could not put this book down once i got it! i would very highly and strongly recomend this to everyone. it was breath taking, and the author did an amazing job of keeping you on the edje of your seat
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Margaret George's books and enjoyed each one, but this was my favorite. George captures the essence of life in the ancient time of the Trojan War. This book takes us on the incredible journey of Helen and Paris and the havoc they bring on their beloved city of Troy because of their passionate love affair. I was sorry to read the last page and finish this wonderful novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has amazing descriptions and a very thorough plot. Even though I knew what the Trojan War was, this story gave me a new aspect of perceiving through adventure with the main female character, Helen. Her life captured many diffcult situations and choices like ours. However, I didn't like reading all the battles and deaths because it was too depressing and was time consuming even though it was the Trojan War. Overall, this book revealed many puzzling topics about life and how one's journey is like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Helen of Troy is the best book that I have ever read in my life. It is about a women named Helen who is the most beutiful women in the world who was married to man named Menealus. But Helen did not love him. She later on falls in love with a man named Paris he was from Troy. Helen then runs away with Paris. If you want to know more about this story you should read it. There is lots of action and love in this story. Over all Helen of Troy is a very interesting story. You can never tell what happens next. I like this story because it has some interesting fact about the Greek mythology and about there god that they served.Also, it shows some of there rituals that they did for there gods. I incourage people to read this book it has some real live things that we have today in our lives. Greek history rocks. Some of the characters in this story are people like Achillies, Hector, Priam, Paris, Helen, Odysseus, and a bunch of other Greek hero's. My favorite heroin this story is Hector because he never gave up hope for Troy,he kept on fighting till the end and that Hector loved his people very dearly. Hector is Parises brother. Crealy, Helen of Troy is a very exciting story. I'm very thankful that the arthur who is Margaret George wrote this story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! This book really captivated me. A real work of art!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent retelling of the Homeric legend of Helen, whose flight from her husband in Sparta to Troy with her lover Paris sparked a war. So many familiar names are here: Achilles, Agamemnon, Odysseus, Clytemnestra, Elekra, and many more associated with Greek tragedies and sagas. All are brought to life with their strengths and flaws, giving a human face to this story from an era lost in the mists of time. The gods show up, but subtly, in the levels of human consciousness that seek to commune with a higher power. Regrettably, their personalities are less appealing than the humans who worship them! An excellent story, that takes the reader to a long-lost time and makes it real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Ms. George has not failed to disappoint. I could not put this book down..Helen's own story, in her own words. Fabulous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read every book by this author and Helen of Troy every bit as entertaining as the others. The characters are fleshed out nicely, the scenery richly described, and Margaret George's knowledge of antiquity clearly shows. You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall it is an interesting read. However, whoever proofed this book sucked at their job! There are too many typographical errors that detracts from the story. Example: Chap XLII, page 333. Paragraph 1. The lookouts, both young soldiers posted at Sigeum and Aesyete's tomb, stepped forward. "We think, sir, that there are more than seventy-five hundred (7500) ships but possibly fewer than a thousand (1000). So let us take five hundred (500) as an estimate.") Can someone please elaborate? Exactly how can there be more than 7500 ships but possibly fewer than 1000? Then they estimate at 500 ships. Am I not getting this? Did they mean to write 750 ships instead of 7500?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Good – But Not Great – Book by Margaret George.  Although this latest historical fiction novel by Margaret George is not quite up to her first two efforts, “The Autobiography of Henry VIII” and “The Memoirs of Cleopatra,” she still does a very good job of making the mythical figure of Helen of Troy into a real, flesh-and-blood woman of her time that we can identify with. Unlike other fictional retellings of Helen’s story which portray her as selfish and conceited or a vapid non-entity, George does her best to make Helen a sympathetic figure, who is torn about leaving her husband and child for Paris and tries to avert the war between the Trojans and Greeks that results from their actions.  Although George firmly grounds her characters in the Mycenaean Greek culture that was the actual setting in which the Trojan War supposedly took place and portrays them as real people, she also includes the influences of the mythological gods that the people of this time believed in and who supposedly controlled their destiny.  This continual referral to Zeus, Aphrodite, and Persephone and their control over Helen’s actions sometimes seems out-of-place with the realistic tone that mainly characterizes George’s narrative.  Also, since Helen was basically an observer rather than a direct participant in some of the famous scenes of the Trojan War, George has also given her supernatural gifts of “foresight” and out-of-body experiences so that she can tell us of scenes that she could not have physically witnessed. This also mars the realistic treatment of this story. Cleopatra also believed in the influence of her gods, but when reading George’s portrayal of her I never once felt that she was manipulated by them. George’s Cleopatra, unlike her Helen of Troy, was always firmly in control of her own actions and destiny. However, since the whole concept of Helen of Troy and the Trojan War is mythical and not authenticated historical fact, I suppose I can’t quibble too much about George choosing to inject elements of fantasy into her usual realistic interpretation. She still wrote a novel good enough to keep me reading to the end.
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MaryHK More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read. I'm a harsh critic because I studied Classical humanities in college, but the author did an amazing job of making mythological people seem real. I dreamed about it, I thought about it when I wasn't reading it, and cried at the very end because it was so touching.. Beautifully written, and with great attention to detail. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried for about 20 minutes!
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jmn246 More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Margaret Goeorge's books. This was my least favorite. I never became fond of Helen, which I think is important. And didn't really think Paris' character was developed enough. It's a good perspective; just not my favorite.