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Book Review of Troy

Author: Adele Geras
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2

my expectations for this book were terribly off! It wasn't a retelling of the Illiad as I had assumed. It was a novel of several servants (teenagers I suppose, their ages are never given just that they were very small when the war began) who experience the war, seige and sacking of their city along with all the principal characters. I was very impressed with the way the gods and goddesses are portrayed it gives a good understanding of the nature of the greek gods of that age, how arbitrary they were, how human and immoral they were. How they meddled in human lives (or such was the perception of the age). I would be very hesitant to allow a younger student to read this, definately high school age, not very difficult to read, but often tragic, and at times graffic. The illiad wasn't a story of triumph over evil by any means, so in that sense no surprise here, but I was expecting a little more. Definately different. I don't know if I would say good, but not a bad read. 2 1/2 stars.