Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Review: Troy by Adèle Geras

This book tells the story of the end of the Trojan War, focusing on two sisters, young servant girls that work for Hector's family. Xanthe and Marpessa are sisters who thanks to Aphrodite's meddling are in love with the same boy. We also follow a bunch of other minor townsfolk including three elderly serving women, Iason (in love w/ Xanthe) and Polyxena (the singers granddaughter, friends w/ the sisters, in love with Iason).

I found it very interesting to see the girls personal problems against the back drop of the larger issues of the war. The author follows the war as a whole and the reader also sees what parts don't affect the three sisters. There are many famous Greek myths interspersed in the story in a very natural way. The reader also gets to see some larger then life characters very humanized. 

I really loved the language as well. The whole story was just beautifully written.

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