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Iliad (Kingfisher edition)
     

Iliad (Kingfisher edition)

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by Homer, Nick McCarty (Retold by), Victor G. Ambrus (Illustrator)
 

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Kingfisher Epics are action-packed retellings of classic tales and legends, with all the exhilaration and immediacy of their original versions. Magnificent black-and-white illustrations bring the heroic deeds depicted in these stories dramatically to life. These stories have enthralled readers for centuries, and Kingfisher Epics make them accessible to a new

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Kingfisher Epics are action-packed retellings of classic tales and legends, with all the exhilaration and immediacy of their original versions. Magnificent black-and-white illustrations bring the heroic deeds depicted in these stories dramatically to life. These stories have enthralled readers for centuries, and Kingfisher Epics make them accessible to a new generation of children.

When Helen is kidnapped by Paris, a Trojan prince, the Greek army lays siege to Troy. The Iliad tells of the nine-year war for revenge, thrillingly recounting the fierce battles between both armies' greatest warriors. This dramatic retelling of Homer's epic story retains all the excitement of the original.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-An exciting text in large print and action-packed illustrations create an accessible version of a classic tale. Mixed in with the fast-paced, colloquial language are bits of formalized archaic phrasing that enhance the ancient setting. However, the illustrations, though colorful and well placed on the page, do not always represent the text. For example, though given a "sword hilt to bite on" while Patroclus removes a three-barbed arrow from his leg, Eurypylus is depicted sitting with his jaw clenched-on nothing. McCarty's fresh retelling will especially appeal to readers reluctant to pick up more formal retellings such as Rosemary Sutcliff's Black Ships before Troy (Delacorte, 1993), and who enjoyed Marcia Williams's irreverent comic-strip retellings in The Iliad and the Odyssey (Candlewick, 1996).-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753457221
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Series:
Kingfisher Epics Series
Pages:
165
Sales rank:
601,628
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 7.77(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Nick McCarty is a playwright and scriptwriter whose credits include The Wolf Road and series for UK television. Nick has written many plays and book adaptations for radio.

Victor G. Ambrus illustrated James Herriot's Dog Stories for St. Martin's Press and The Illiad for Kingfisher.

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The Iliad (Illustrated by John Flaxman + link to download FREE audiobook + Active TOC) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 310 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only a few chapters into the book, but by far, this is the greatest poem I've ever read. Homer combines drama, action, and mythology into one. This is definately reccomended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Iliad, as with other Greek poetry, was poetry intended to be recited orally as opposed to being read. Fitzgerald's backgroung in poetry brings out the lyrical passion of the Iliad so prized by the Greeks as no other translation has done. Other translations are also hampered by archaic English language and idioms that make little sense today. I strongly recommend this translation more than any other.
AnonymousZS More than 1 year ago
The Illiad, by Homer, is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. It actually is not necessarily a book; more like a poem. This poem-book tells of the legendary Trojan War between the Greeks and the Trojans. The whole thing kicked off when Hector ran away with the Greek king's daughter, Helen. They then fled to Troy with it's near impassable structured walls. Zeus brought back the news to Mount Olympus, place of the gods, and every god took up arguments for both sides. Half sided with Troy while the other half sided with the Greeks. As the Greeks battled with the Trojans, it became clear that they were losing. So they decided on a trick. A selected few men would hidee inside a great wooden horse, dubbed, the Trojan Horse. The Trojans would wheel the horse in think it was a great prize. When nightfall came, the men jumped out and !opened the gate for the whole Greek army to come in. Troy was defeated soundly and the book ends with the funeral of Hector. A ten out of ten!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this with the Sparknotes on The Illiad, which summarizes each 'book' (chapter) in the story. Once you have an idea of what's happening chapter by chapter, the book expands on the summary, and is really becomes an awesome read. Homer can describe in vivid detail the combat sequences. Once you get past the fact that this version is written in it's poetic form, and you read it just like a regular prose version, you will enjoy it. It is very affordable at under 8 bucks, so making notes, underlining parts that really strike you etc... won't make you feel like you are defacing anything. It's a must for any library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Iliad is the story of the battle of Troy for a women named Helen who was taken captaive from here husband. All of the Greek city states were involved in this war and many famous heroes. The war lasted for 20 years and each side had many deaths. Two of the most famous men who fought at Troy were Achilles and Odyseus these two men made sure that they won the battle and got Helen back. They did not realise what a daunting task they would have infront of them until they arrived at Troy. The walls were said to be 100 feet tall and 50 feet thick at most parts. The battle of Troy is one of the most famous wars in all of history because of two things, it was the first to be over a women and have the gods help them in their victory. Also that it had lasted so long and how strategic each side had fought in the war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, it's funny when you refer to this as a book. It actually is an epic. If lacking the knowledge of poetry, an epic is in fact a branch of poetry. Overall, amazing, far better then the odyssey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Iliad is definitely a must-read for anyone. As a student, I was required to read this for my World Literature class. As far as the mythology is concerned, it is absolutely fascinating, but even the historical perspective is amazing. This epic poem is probably still THE standard for Greek mythology.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was confussing at first but after I look up some of the plots in the story I remembered seeing a movie about the Iliad. It was an incredible Book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I figured it would help to better understand the allusions and references in future novels. Not only did The Iliad help with this but it also was a great read. The introduction by King was informative and emphasized the transformation of war into art.
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Fell over at broken dropped the cage
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Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
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Made You Look.
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I really enjoyed the book, but we had to read it for school and the ebook does not include number lines so it made it hard to follow in class.
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I read this for a project I have to do for my end of the year grade...it is awesome!
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