Ransom

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Knopf, 2009 - Achilles (Greek mythology) - 224 pages
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A reimagination of one of the most famous stories in all of literature-Achilles's slaughter and desecration of Hector, and Priam's attempt to ransom his son's body in Homer's "The Iliad"-Ransom is the first novel in more than a decade from David Malouf, arguably Australia's greatest living writer.
A novel of suffering, sorrow, and redemption, "Ransom "tells the story of the relationship between two grieving men at war: fierce Achilles, who has lost his beloved Patroclus in the siege of Troy; and Priam, king of Troy, whose son Hector killed Patroclus and was in turn savaged by Achilles. Each man's grief demands a confrontation with the other's if it is to be resolved: a resolution more compelling to both than the demands of war. And when the aged father and the murderer of his son meet, "the past and present blend, enemies exchange places, hatred turns to understanding, youth pities age mourning youth."*
"Ransom "is a tour de force, incandescent in its delicate and powerful lyricism and in its unstated imperative to imagine our lives in light of fellow feeling.
"*The Australian"

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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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David Malouf was born in Brisbane, Australia on March 20, 1934. He received a B.A. with honours from the University of Queensland in 1954. He lived and worked in Europe from 1959 to 1968, then taught English at the University of Sydney until 1977. After 1977 he became a full-time poet and novelist. His collections of poetry include Bicycle and Other Poems, Neighbours in a Thicket, Wild Lemons, First Things Last, and Typewriter Music. He received the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry for Earth Hour. His novels include Johnno, Ransom, An Imaginary Life, Child's Play, Fly Away Peter, Harland's Half Acre, Dream Stuff, Every Move You Make, and The Conversations at Curlow Creek. He received the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger for The Great World and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Remembering Babylon. His collections of short stories include Antipodes, Untold Tales, Dream Stuff, and Every Move You Make. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award. His essays collections include A First Place and The Writing Life. He also wrote the libretto for Richard Meale's opera Voss. He won the 2016 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

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