The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War

The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War

by Caroline Alexander
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The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War by Caroline Alexander

The Iliad is celebrated as one of the greatest of all works of literature, the epic of all epics. But while the dramatic events of the Trojan War are legendary, the true theme of this ancient poem is often forgotten: the horror and enduring devastation of war. Written with the authority of a scholar and the vigor of a bestselling narrative historian, The War That Killed Achilles is a superb and timely presentation of one of the timeless stories of Western civilization. Caroline Alexander has taken apart a narrative we think we know and put it back together in a way that illuminates its true power, relevant to all wars, past and present.

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ISBN-13: 9780670021123
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

 Caroline Alexander has written for The New Yorker, Granta, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, and National Geographic and is the author of four previous books.

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The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
ReaderFred More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Ms. Alexander's words were a canvas of the Trojan War, giving life to its characters, and letting you into its setting in time. The main focus of the book, Achilles, is allowed to emerge from Homers work, and be given the respect that was taken from him in earlier interpretations of works from the Trojan War. The recent movies which have used the Trojan War as a backdrop would have been more vibrant and less stiff if they used this book as a reference for the characters inner workings. Finally, it is a well written book. It is for the intelligent reader, one who can savor the sentences as they come from the pages, and guide the reader to the fields of Ilium.
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This is a wonderful story. The characters get into your heart.
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