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The War at Troy [PDF] ✈ The War at Troy By Lindsay Clarke – Una rivisitazione delle leggende che avvolgono la battaglia per la conuista della città di Troia attraverso le parole di Femio bardo di Itaca dietro cui si nasconde l'autore Peleo e Teti Paride e Ele Una rivisitazione delle leggende che avvolgono la battaglia per la conuista della città di Troia attraverso le parole di Femio bardo di Itaca dietro cui si nasconde l'autore Peleo e Teti Paride e Elena Agamennone e Clitennestra Achille Ulisse ed Ettore ogni personaggio vive di nuova vita in una versione della storia che pur rispettando la forma mitica rappresenta un dramma passionale sorprendentemente moderno.

About the Author: Lindsay Clarke

Lindsay Clarke is a British novelist He was educated at Heath Grammar School in Halifax and at King's College Cambridge He worked in education for many years in Africa America and the UK before becoming a full time writer He currently lives in Somerset with his wife Phoebe Clare who is a ceramic artist Clarke lectures in creative writing at Cardiff University and teaches writing workshop.

10 thoughts on “The War at Troy

  1. Grace Grace says:

    If you have ever read Homer's Iliad this book will seem really familiar to you If you haven't you'll never know that this is basically a retelling of Homer's great epic The difference between Homer and Clarke though is that you'll find Clarke much easier to read if you found Homer impossible I've read Homer's version and loved it I'm a fan of the Greek myths and tragedies I can say with all honesty that Clarke's version of the story of Troy is wonderfully written but some might take issue with it if they are particular about details This is a fiction book not a historical account For anyone familiar with archaeology and history please keep that in mind as you read this tale It makes it much enjoyable As for how faithful it is to the Iliad Clarke used several reliable sources and account for his version of the retelling Armed with these sources Clarke writes a compelling novel in modern day English that everyone should find enjoyable and easy to read As a side note I've yet to even look for confirmation of this but several people have told me that the war of Troy didn't happen because Troy doesn't exist Whether you are a proponent for this or not you'll still find this book an enjoyable work of fiction

  2. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I often think about this book years after reading it It's very good Thank you Kenci for giving it to me

  3. Karla Karla says:

    If you're unfamiliar with the various stories surrounding the ancestors and players in The Trojan War you might find this book a readable aggregator of the characters and myths I ended up skimming most of it because I knew the myths and Clarke added nothing new to the story It seems the antithesis of Gemmell who completely rewrote the War and well known characters in a way that almost parodied itself Clarke is very conservative and IMO unimaginative Hoping to find something in the happy middle one of these days

  4. Melody Melody says:

    I will never get tired of the Trojan War It's one of the world's oldest stories and it offers everything love war sacrifice pain loss triumph There is a reason why it's survived nearly 3000 years and why so many authors choose to retell it I'm on a uest to read as many versions of the epic as I can This uest began years ago when I took a University course about Homer's Odyssey and only grew stronger when I devoted the Major Research Paper MRP of my Master's Degree to studying the Odyssey Unfortunately my journey has been full of disappointment and frustration A lot of the retellings are either completely inaccurate spend too much time on self insert characters or turn everyone into terrible unlikeable people Then I found Lindsay Clarke's TroyThe War at Troy and its seuel The Return from Troy which I read out of order managed to satisfy the balance between accuracy and good story telling that I've been craving in a modern version of the epic The changes are subtle and stay true to Homer's version; some scenes are close mirrors of their Iliadic counterparts and this may seem to some to be a lack of originality but Clarke brings a depth of description and characterization that displays true talent My only real complaint is that the first book could have been longer His style worked wonderfully with in the Return but a lot of this first book is of a summary of the story than actually living it However even with a large cast of characters many of whom do get short shrift Clarke manages to give the sense that all of them are the heroes of their own talesClarke approaches the tale from the side of the Greeks With the exception of Paris and to a lesser extent Priam Deiphobus and Hector the Trojans are underdeveloped and the focus is on the heroes Agamemnon Odysseus Achilles Menelaus and of course Helen Not one of his main characters is presented as wholly evil or wholly good Even Agamemnon and Paris two heroes that I have always struggled to sympathize with have complex motivations and loyalties Clarke does not shy away from the darker elements of the story and includes the tale of Iphigenia and even the tragic story of Ajax the Greater I appreciate it when the stories aren't dumbed down because the material is too darkThe most fascinating aspect of this book for me though was the love triangle of Helen Menelaus and Paris Modern audiences are captivated by the love between Helen and Paris and I have yet to read a version where he abducts her against her will Clarke's is no exception in this regard However he chooses not to demonize Menelaus or cast the ParisHelen romance as unending true love Before Paris comes Helen loves Menelaus and is content in her marriage to him; what they lack in passion they make up for in friendship and kindness Paris comes and the two of them fall into a deep infatuation that drives them both to betray Menelaus' trust and spark the ten year combat that kills so many This part isn't so unusual but what Clarke did was show how their love could not survive such hardship and by the end of the story they have grown to despise each other It's far realistic and devastating this way and harkens back to the epic tradition In the Iliad Helen has grown weary of Paris and longs to return to her old home and way of lifeIf you have the patience to read epic poetry then by all means of course read the originals I recommend the Stanley Lombardo version but if you just want to experience the overall story and find the Homeric version confusing then read Lindsay Clarke's Troy

  5. Erikhart Hart Erikhart Hart says:

    Whew How long was I slogging through that oneThis is a better book than the time I could devote to it Lacking a full classical appreciation for The Iliad the web of relationships between kings and gods left me searching Wikipedia to find out who was whobut when the action or the drama was ripe it was a good read indeed Unfortunately much of those episodes were few and far between If you are already well read on the battle of Troy and are interested in a novel approach hey check that pun out to it's telling pick this one up Just be sure to push through the dry parts

  6. Marcelis Marcelis says:

    I found this to be a clever retelling of Homer's epic Essentially it takes the supernatural components out of the story grounding the characters in a modern understanding of reality The language is also much easier to read though in no way 'better'For people who don't have the patience to read The Iliad this book will tell you the story for half the brain price Unfortunately you also get what you pay for There is beauty in the way The Iliad reads that this or any other adaptation will never eual Why have Brad Pitt when you can have Achilles?Actually it's best not to answer that uestion

  7. Amarissa Cale Amarissa Cale says:

    I truly enjoyed reading this book as I do any that revolve around the Trojan War Trouble is having read over a dozen translations of Homer's Iliad it left me a little disappointed only in the retelling The writing is very fluid It is well written but for any Homer lover it may fall slightly below expectations

  8. Julia Lewis Julia Lewis says:

    Well I think this should be on the National Curriculum the inevitable scenes of violence make that unlikely tho'😏 Through all the grimness I felt in the safest hands Thank You Lindsay Clarke for taking me through the horrors of Greek Myth with my sanity intact

  9. Catherine Catherine says:

    It's impossible to read the English classics or even to have learnt to read at the time I did without having some sort of familiarity with the people and some of the major events of the Trojan War I've never read The Iliad but Robert Graves's The Greek Myths credited as a source for this has sat on my shelves these thirty years and been read at least once in that time However I don't remember it containing the overview big picture whole story that this re telling gave There is also a good feel for the main characters and their motivations so that the main protagonists even Helen seemed real than they do from paintings and the familiar episodes The main problem I had as someone who glosses odd names was keeping track of the huge cast of supporting characters Still when I get round to reading Homer's version I can always make use of t'internet to remind me who's who

  10. Les Les says:

    Somehow my East End comprehensive education stopped short of furnishing me with an encyclopedic knowledge of the ancient classics and I've always felt the lack especially when watching University Challenge I thought this book would be accessible way of helping me to separate the gods from the mortals in my mind And actually jokes aside it did just that I'm not going to delve too deeply into how much the author may have changed the storylines but he seems to have drawn carefully from Robert Graves ' works on the myths The number of different characters was a challenge but this edition helpfully provided a glossary A worthwhile read and at least some of my curiosity about Helen Paris Achilles etc satisfied

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