Troy: Our Greatest Story Retold

Hardback Published on: 29/10/2020
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Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean. Glittering Ilion, the city that rose and fell not once but twice . . . The story of Troy speaks to all of us - the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against that great city, to which they will lay siege for ten whole and very bloody years. It is Zeus, the king of the gods, who triggers war when he asks the Trojan prince Paris to judge the fairest goddess of them all. Aphrodite bribes Paris with the heart of Helen, wife of King Menelaus of the Greeks, and naturally, nature takes its course. It is a terrible, brutal war with casualties on all sides. The Greeks cannot defeat the Trojans – since Achilles, the Greek’s boldest warrior, is consumed with jealousy over an ally’s choice of lover, the Trojan slave Briseis, and will not fight . . . The stage is set for the oldest and greatest story ever told, where monstrous passions meet the highest ideals and the lowest cunning. In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241424582
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 738g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 38 mm

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You see the large, overarching gates of Troy and standing there, Achilles, Paris, and the mighty battle for the golden city of Troy.
Imagine immersing yourself amongst the ruins of an ancient city. Jagged rocks split open, the sun beaming down upon the cracked tiles. Images of a mighty b... READ MORE
Luke Emmett
Slowly slowly I am absorbing a new understanding of the Greek Myths through Stephen Fry’s books - and others - and finding them vibrant and relevant. The ... READ MORE
One of the best books on Troy.
A brilliant account of the myth of Troy. It builds up very nicely. You can be lost with so many characters, however as Stephen Fry says the main players wi... READ MORE
Ian Paternoster
Another great novel !
I have always loved Greek mythology, Troy is a tale as old as time. I have read re-tellings of Troy and various characters from a few other authors but non... READ MORE
Troy brought to life
Stephen Fry is a wonderful writer and in particular he is masterly in presenting Greek mythology, the relationships of gods and humans and the story of Tro... READ MORE
Adrian Drysdale

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