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War Stories: A Novel of the Trojan War. By Byrne Fone
War Stories: A Novel of the Trojan War.
By Byrne Fone
War Stories: A Novel of the Trojan War is set in the last days of the war at Troy shortly before the great city fell to the attacking Greeks. War Stories re-imagines this violent clash of cultures through the eyes of many characters, some famous in Homer, others barely mentioned, like the Greek Prince Antilochus, who comes to Troy to find glory and love and his father, wise King Nestor, who sees the terrible folly of the Greek invasion. The story is also told by characters who, in Homer’s “Iliad,” are seen but rarely heard: the Trojans themselves. Among these are Chryses, the priest of Apollo, whose curse nearly destroys the Greek army as he tries to save his daughter Chryseis. Chryseis herself, whose story frames the entire novel. Briseis, captured by the Greeks and held for ransom as a slave and sexual plaything. And the women of Troy who were the most tragic victims of the war: Queen Hecabe who sees her royal husband slain before her eyes; Andromache, who loses her parents, her husband, and her child to the carnage; and the mad Cassandra whose prophecies no one believes until it is too late. Finally there is Helen, whose beauty began the war that finally destroyed Troy, the richest and greatest city in the world. Written in the tradition of Mary Renault's Bull from the Sea, Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian, and Vidal's Julian,War Stories" is a memorable, moving, and romantic modern retelling of the greatest epic of the western world.
Byrne Fone is the author of Homophobia: A History, and American Revolution, a mystery thriller about the first openly gay American presidential candidate.
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Print Length: 362 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453639497
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