In this retelling of the Trojan War, Olivia Coolidge crafts heroes and gods into real, multidimensional characters, not just the figures of legend. Vibrant storytelling and finely wrought action have made her version of the classic tale of the Fall of Troy accessible to generations of young readers.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.68(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Olivia Coolidge was born in London, England, in 1908. She received her education at Somerville College, Oxford University, where her main subjects included Latin, Greek, and philosophy. These studies helped her earn her place in the pantheon on children's literature through her mythological retellings demonstrating careful research and the adriot capacity to bring the past to life.
Table of Contents
|A Table of the Chief Characters||vii|
|1.||The Golden Apple||3|
|3.||The Madness of Odysseus||16|
|4.||The Discovery of Achilles||22|
|1.||The Trojan Princes||35|
|2.||The Foremost Man||43|
|3.||The Host Musters||50|
|4.||Troilus and Cressida||58|
|5.||The Time of Discouragement||68|
|III.||The Wrath of Achilles|
|3.||Hector and Andromache||86|
|4.||A Night Adventure||90|
|5.||The Death of Patroclus||101|
|6.||The Death of Hector||108|
|IV.||The Close of the War|
|1.||The Queen of the Amazons||133|
|2.||The Last Fight of Achilles||139|
|3.||The Armor of Achilles||146|
|5.||The Bow of Heracles||161|
|7.||The Taking of the Palladium||175|
|V.||The Fall of Troy|
|1.||The Trojan Horse||187|
|2.||The Sack of Troy||194|
|VI.||The Return of the Heroes|
|2.||The Adventures of Menelaus||219|
|3.||Nestor at Home||228|
|4.||In The House of the Swineherd||236|
|5.||The Bow is Bent||242|
|A List of Characters and Places||254|
What People are Saying About This
From the Publisher
"Sequel to the author’s Greek Myths, this is written in the same lucid, simple, yet powerful prose." School Library Journal, Starred
"Here for today’s readers is one of the world’s great stories." Kirkus Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Trojan War based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
The Trojan War is one of the great tales of Western culture. If you don't know even the bare bones of it, you are really missing an important bit of cultural literacy. Of course, like many of our ancient stories, we never get to encounter the originals, but rather hear someone's retellings. Well, this isn't anything like an original. Because, really, in addition to "The Illiad", there's been all sorts of tales tied in with the Trojan War. So Ms. Coolidge has taken it upon herself to try and blend all these tales into a single narrative. In my opinion, she's done a pretty good job of it. "The Trojan War" is a 251 page book that tells the tale of the War from the judgment of Paris to the return of Odysseus. I'm tempted to keep this one, but in the end, I can only recommend (highly) that you check it out. The bottom line is that as famous as the story is, the Greek heroes are a bunch of arrogant jerks.--J.
I have read the reviews that are above mine and i mean come on the book has a character list that is SEVEN WHOLE PAGES LONG. The characters that apper die seven minutes later. if you read this book you will be able to put it down with such ease it is scary. If you do read prepare to want your money.
I definately disliked this book. I hated this book from start to finish!!!! The characters were left undeveloped and the plot was incomplete. New characters were constantly being added, creating a sense of incompletion. I would recommend this book to few people.
This wonderful re-telling of Homer's poem, The Iliad is hard to put down. From the golden apple to the fall of Troy, The Trojan War is explained in great detail while keeping the reader interested. I recommend it to all who enjoy History and Mythology as much as I do.
I love this book. It is written passionately. It goes beyond the scope of the Illiad by explaining what happens to the characters after the war. One of the greatest mythological books ever!