A Fair Wind for Troy

A Fair Wind for Troy

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Retells the events leading up to the Trojan War including Helen's capture by Paris and the sacrifice of Iphigenia at Aulis.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 124.46 x 190.5 x 7.62mm | 90.72g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 014031718X
  • 9780140317183

Review Text

"The Oath," "The Abduction of Helen," "The Gathering of the Chiefs," "The Sacrifice of Iphigenia": What Edith Hamilton covers in three fluent, readable pages on the prologue to the Trojan War, Gates treats as four chapters, in about fifteen times as many words. (A fifth chapter winds things up, with a few short pages on the fail of Troy and the fate of the returning heroes.) We tend to find Gates' novelistic padding superfluous, especially as her initial attempts to tuck all the necessary background machinations into the narrative are only half-heartedly fictionalized, if that. However, she does make more of a conventional "story" of Iphigenia's end than does Roger L. Green, who also treats it at length, and of course the whole does read more naturally than Colum's The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy, which overlaps considerably. (Kirkus Reviews)show more