Ransom

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Chatto & Windus, 2009 - Fiction - 224 pages
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"What happens when a young prince falls in battle and his body is spirited away to be desecrated and dishonoured? His death is the battle price of another young man's death, but what price dishonour and a father's grief?" "In this novel, David Malouf shines new light on Homer's Iliad, adding twists and reflections, as well as flashes of earthy humour, to surprise and enchant. His version opens with Achilles, maddened by grief at the death of his friend Patroclus. From the walls of Troy, King Priam watches the body of his son Hector being dragged behind Achilles' chariot. There must be a way, he thinks, of reclaiming the body - of pitting compromise against heroics, new ways against the old, and of forcing the hand of fate. Dressed simply and in a cart pulled by a mule, an old man sets off for the Greek camp." "Lyrical, immediate and heartbreaking, Malouf's fable engraves the epic themes of the Trojan war onto a perfect miniature - themes of war and heroics, hubris and humanity, --

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User Review  - calmclam - LibraryThing

Really lovely portraits of Achilles and Priam. This is a great exploration into a really brief episode in the Trojan War (and even in the Iliad). Read full review

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User Review  - Judith_Starkston - LibraryThing

Ransom focuses on the moment in the Iliad when King Priam retrieves his son Hector’s body from Achilles. In twenty years of teaching that part of the epic, I never survived a class without having to ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

David Malouf is the internationally acclaimed author of novels includingThe Great World(winner of the Commonwealth Writers' prize and the Prix Femina Etranger),Remembering Babylon(shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of
the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award),An Imaginary Life,Conversations at Curlow Creekand his autobiographical classic12 Edmondstone Street. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award. In 2008 Malouf was the Scottish Arts' Council Muriel Spark International Fellow. Born in 1934 in Brisbane, where he was brought up, he lives in Sydney.


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