The Song of Troy

The Song of Troy

Book - 1998
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Relates the three-year history of the Trojan War as seen through the eyes of all of the major participants.
Publisher: London : Orion, c1998
ISBN: 9780752814131
0752814133
Characteristics: 404 p. : maps ; 25 cm

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Jul 03, 2014

To write a story where the end is already known and the characters are those of legend would seem to leave little for a writer to work with but McCullough has no problem making this story come alive.
Told by multiple points of view, the story could at times feel as if it was a little choppy but the different voices were distinct and interesting. Having parts of the story told by the Trojans and parts by the Greeks, gave a wonderful overview of the war from both sides.
Every writer has their own interpretation of the characters in this story, legend can only tell us so much and so the actual personalities of the people are left wide open for an author to create. In this version, Helen and Paris aren't viewed in the rosy light of romance but under the bright lights showing vanity, stupidity and boredom. Priam is foolish, Agamemnon ambitious and greedy, Odysseus deceitful.....which all ended up making a very realistic and compelling tale.

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