An Iliad

8 07 2008

“The Iliad”, by Homer, is a novel almost every high school kid dreads reading. If the length isn’t enough to inspire fear, than the fact that it was written in 800 B.C.E surely will. Alessandro Baricco’s “An Iliad” tells the tale in far fewer words, and, while he stays true to Homer’s writing style, is far easier to comprehend.

The story is told from 21 different perspectives, from Achilles to The River, giving the reader a larger range of emotions, and diving into the characters as individuals in a way that Homer couldn’t.

Whether you’re reading it in preparation for “The Iliad” or simply to discover more about the famous war (who cares if it really happened?!), “An Iliad” is definitely worth discovering. ~Carly

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23 09 2008
spenc

I’ve always been interested in these kinds of stories, but it doesn’t seem like the book for me.

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