I say this at the risk of sounding completely demented The story of Helen and the fall of Troy was never my most favourite myth but recently, I started to gravitate towards it and am very fascinated with many of the secondary characters involved. She sought the guidance of a Tudor historian at Washington University for a reading list, and proceeded from there. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, is the steadfast companion of another prince, the strong, beautiful Achilles. Helen's fate was one that brought suffering to herself and everyone around her. In Helen of Troy, George loses none of her deft story-telling touch. What irked me is that Helen of Troy is overly long, making it a bit of a drag when the tension was shifting between events. When Heinrich Schliemann uncovered the ruins of Troy, he unearthed stunning artifacts crafted from gold.
From the Trade Paperback edition. She's the reason for the Trojan War, but, perhaps unfairly, Homer is more interested in the deeds of the heroes however sulky than in the adventures of a distinctly un-warriorlike Princess. Powell presents the author's theory that the Greek alphabet was invented so that the Iliad and Odyssey could be written down. I have to be able to easily suspend disbelief. See Also: , , , , , , © Copyright 1997-2019 :: All Rights Reserved Contact us via email at Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc. Overall, this book is great for lovers of Greek myths and epic love stories. My interest in Helen waned through the continuing pages though, never to return to its original level of enthusiasm, and this process began with her meeting of Paris.
From there on, the reader must suffer along with the women left behind in the city, for we know what is coming. I enjoyed knowing Helen, who became not just a woman of beauty, but a daughter, sister, wife, mother and queen. My blogger friend Ashley gave it a phenomenal review, and it turns out that Helen of Troy had been sitting in my bookcase all this time. Paris is a far more heroic character here than I would have been able to imagine, and I enjoyed that vision a great deal. It was very much a star-crossed whirlwind romance that would upset the masses. I balked at the idea, at the mere size of it.
Were any of them and the Trojan war real? Most of the spin-offs novels, paintings, poems, movies, plays mainly tell the story of warriors and men. I know for sure George stayed very close to the sources and the book was historically correct well, as much as a book about mythical characters can be historically correct. Helen of Troy engages with the ancient origins of the persistent anxiety about female beauty, focusing on this key figure from ancient Greek culture in a way that both extends our understanding of that culture and provides a useful perspective for reconsidering aspects of our own. Brooks, photographed by Anne Taute. I had bought it at a used bookstore about two years ago.
And as someone who has always thought of Paris as a petulant child and Helen a victim of kidnapping and rape, I was interested to read George's slant on the events that transpired between the Trojan Prince and the Spartan Queen. Despite the passage of three millennia, contemporary culture remains almost obsessively preoccupied with all the power and danger of female beauty and sexuality that Helen still represents. The 'gifts' of Helen's Sight or however you want to name it , was a nice touch. There are numerous tales of the greatest warriors that fought the war and endless stories of the watching gods. I felt as though I could smell the sea, feel the wind, and touch every blade of grass.
Today she is active in environmental and animal conservation groups. Hector is fair, kind, strong. Defying the ancient laws of hospitality, Paris seduces Helen and flees with her in his ship. And as someone who has always thought of Paris as a petulant child and Helen a victim of kidnapping and rape, I was interested to read George's slant on the events that transpired between the Trojan Prince and the Spartan Queen. However, , the goddess of discord was not invited, angering her.
For children ages 9 to 12. Never had I read a single book that was as epic, as sweeping, as Gone with the Wind. Helen had two twin brothers, Castor and Pollux Polydeuces. A fast,-and easy summer read, for those without much background in history, and wishing to learn more, in the context of a good story. She makes you want to reach into mythological history and rewrite it, make the whole thing come out differently, even as you read along knowing no such reprieve will come. Helen's air headed tendencies aside, I found myself sympathizing with her more than once.
She is a good hostess an important thing in Greek culture and an accomplished herbalist. This book is sheer perfection in so many ways a simple review cannot express. For Young Adult Readers by Adele Geras. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men. Also, since Helen was basically an observer, rather than a direct participant, in some of the famous scenes of the Trojan War, George has also given her supernatural gifts of foresight and out-of-body experiences so that she can tell us of scenes that she could not have physically witnessed. Athena is nearest to Hermes with her characteristic weapons by her side, Aphrodite is in the middle with her son Eros hugging her leg, and Hera stands on the far right. The result is a compelling new interpretation of this alluring figure.
George's extraordinary storytelling abilities shine in her portrayal of Helen as both a conflicted woman who abandoned her homeland and child for true love, and as a legendary figure whose beauty and personal choices had epic consequences. However, the characters were well developed, the splotseemed to stick to the historical data, and the storyline moved along at a quick pace. There were times when it flowed so well that it was like a song. After she returned to , tried to kill her for her treachery, however she disrobed and her beauty weakened and made him drop his sword. Initially she was abducted by the , who left her in the protection of his mother while he was away adventuring. Tells the story of Troy through the eyes of Kassandra -- priestess, princess, and passionate woman.
I appreciated that George attempted to stay away from portraying gods as active players in the story as they so often have been presented in Greek plays and legends , rather they stayed distant, almost imaginary. This gives it a different flavor and we are able to see the war as Helen saw it. Margaret George writes historical fiction set in a number of periods from Cleopatra to Elizabeth I. The Greeks sail to Troy and ten years of war commence. Suddenly Aphrodite made a pin prick sized hole on the blindfold so Helen could where Menalaeus was. Featured image: Helen of Troy by Evelyn De Morgan 1898, London.