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SUMMARY » Black Ships Before Troy The Story of the Iliad ¾ Homer's epic poem The Iliad is brought to life by Rosemary Sutcliff with the skill of a good storyteller and with the dramatic and haunting illustrations of Alan Lee Art Direction The Lord of the RingsThe book was the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1993A good storyteller and with the dramatic and haunting illustrations of Alan Lee Art Di. A simple middle grade to YA telling of the Illiad After reading Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles and Circe I have been driven to become proficient in these Greek Myths so I am starting with simpler tellings and will ramp up until hopefully I feel ready to read Homer's masterpieces

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Homer's epic poem The Iliad is brought to life by Rosemary Sutcliff with the skill of. This is the perfect book for those that want a taste of Homer's Iliad before attempting the full work Although aimed at a younger reading audience Sutcliff's writing is concise and gripping; thus this will be as eually beneficial to adults This when brought together with the excellent artistic skills of Allan Lee makes for a lavish retelling of the IliadThe story begins with two lovers a Trojan Prince Paris and the wife of Menelaus King of Sparta Helen Helen's beauty captured the heart of Paris and as Christopher Marlowe famously said Helen was the face that launched a thousand ships This was followed by a very long war death and lots of blood resulting in a long drawn out siege that would continue for many years Fabled heroes clashed spear against spear shield against shield and the war waged on and on Many would become immortalised in the action Hector Ajax and Odysseus to name a few; however none so than the mighty Achilles himselfAnd this is where the illustrations and the writing excelled In the images Achilles foregrounds all the other warriors naturally his presence demands attention In Sutcliff's prose his presence was powerful and fear inducing to his enemies His anger when roused was terrible to behold Few could stand against it and none of them for very long When Patroclus fell as Homer's narrative dictates he was near unstoppable The blame lay at the feet of Prince Hector mightiest of the Trojans and even he faltered at the sight of the golden haired warrior's wrathGreat ArtworkUnlike other modern adaptations Sutcliff does not solely focus on the story of Achilles The Iliad does not follow one central character after all but instead breaks off into parts each telling the story of one particular character and hisher actions through the siege Sutcliff jumps between the intertwining plots with dexterity The story of Ajax's shame and dishonouring is told against the tales of Odysseus' ingenuity Odysseus is arguably the most important character in the original work so it was great to see him have a lot of page time despite the fact that his actions are not uite as dramatic as those of other charactersAlan Lee has illustrated many special editions of Tolkien's writing His work captures a sense of the epic within such settings And it was great to see it here too Sutcliff's writing is good but it is the work of Alan Lee alongside it that makes this book truly remarkable The images captured the sheer scale of the fighting and the urgency Agamemnon had for total victory though it wasn't him that ultimately won the war It was the soldiers the heroes It was those who fought for glory rather than any particular political motivation or advancement and it is those which history will remember most stronglySo this book will be great for young readers hearing the story of Troy for the first time but it also provides an excellent plot overview for those who want to read Homer's work in full at a later date It's almost like an introduction concise and explanatory appropriate for children and adults like all great books that fall into the children's literature category should be

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Black Ships Before Troy The Story of the IliadRection The Lord of the RingsThe book was the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal in 19. It'sokay I have to read it for class ew which kind of sucks the fun out of it