A wonderful re-telling of the Odyssey ! It is is captivating and culturally in tune. As the story unfolds the characters come alive bringing readers their worlds. The parallel narrations of Weaver and Angry Man create an empowering dynamic that keeps the reader hanging on to every last adventure. The bond that grows between the two is both captivating and heartbreaking as the gods play them as human pawns. A vividly written and entertaining piece that is a magnificent read.
Genevieve Baranuk MSW- Lead Eating Disorder Therapist at the Recovery Village in Umitilla, Florida.
This isn't the Odyssey you were forced to read in school!
In their second novel, Alexander Mescavage and Eunice Taylor Beauchman offer a steamy and realistic reincarnation of one of the world's first great works of literature. It shows life as it was in the Bronze Age; gritty, predatory, and full of wonder. Life is cheap. Capricious gods roam the earth and forcing their will upon mankind. The writers breathe life into the old classic and make it rip-roaring modern fiction at its very best!
The yarn is visionary and yet true to the Iliad and the Odyssey. The authors' have thoroughly studied Homer's epics and Mycenaen Plays and have melded them into a comprehensive story between the myths. At the same time, they update the legend with searing archeological and historical exploration. The Word Politics and secrets of the Bronze Age are explored in detail and become terrifying portends of today's world. The reader is struck with how similar and yet how different the ancient people were.
"The Angry Man and the Weaver: Re-imagining the Odyssey" is a thrilling, captivating, and a can't-put-down read. Beauchman and Mescavage easily enchant readers with their story, drawing them in from the very beginning. From the first page of the book to the last of the epilogue, the authors and characters bring readers directly into their world, packing the novel rich with education, excitement, and enjoyment.
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I honestly don't know where to start. This book is simply genius!! First I must complement the authors of the book, Alexander Mescavage and Eunice Taylor Beauchman. They did an incredibly amazing job on re-imagining the Odyssey. I mean it couldn't be anymore captivating and just perfect!! I have read another book by these two authors( The Lunar Wolf Chronicles )and its clear they work very well together. I am a huge fan of them both and I honestly believe they are genius for such literature.They break the events in the Odyssey down to a completely comprehensive level. I love how they went about naming the characters by one's image and actions. If you are one to find yourself captivated by ancient Greek history. This book is for you!!! All of there books are for you!!! Please also read there book The Lunar Wolf Chronicles, Mary's Tale. Once again these authors are simply genius and very appreciated for such work!!!!!!!!!
A marvelous reconstruction of a story loved and world renowned . The characters were realistic and sympathetic and I found myself liking them. Something about it is hypnotic and enchanting. I found myself" losing time" and often stayed up too late some nights. I would recommend this to anyone who loves stories of the ancient Greeks. I am going to get the authors' other novel as I wait in anticipation of the sequel.
Unbelievably good! Mescavage and Taylor (Beauchman?) surpass their stunning Lunar Wolf Chronicles! I was captivated from the first page and practically inhaled the book! The language was both poetic and hypnotic! I found myself seeing the story as much as reading it. I had to almost shake myself at times to be back in my day to day reality. At first I found it hard to keep track of the characters because of their Native American like names. But once I stopped trying to remember their Greek names and just let them be Angry Man, Weaver, Sunshine, Glorious, Standing Wolf etc. I really began to get lost in the tale. It is at once exactly the first part of the Odyssey, and yet an entirely new epic. I loved all the characters. Angry Man (Odysseus) was a sympathetic rascal and a hero. Weaver (Penelope) was a super heroine yet still a vulnerable woman. Their alternating narrations made them solid people. It was almost like two old friends telling you of an adventure they shared. Ugh! I hated Helen of Troy and the arrogant Achilles, but even they had their sympathetic moments. All the characters ( even the Olympian gods) were multidimensional and touchingly human. I found the historical and archeological updates amazing. We never really knew this story before. Bravo for this tale of destiny, love and adventure made fresh after 3500 years. Homer, Mescavage and Beauchman own this tale from now on! I can't wait for the sequel