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Books in November

War Nerd Iliad

Not poetry, modern prose.

Words that remind me of smoke and pine trees, of an actual story told to sleepy children, and parents eating lamb around a fire.

It was not fancy language the first time around. It was special, but it was a story. This gives the story.

Odysseus was described as looking 'like a fox with blood on his snout' I ended up imagining him as Sherman.

And there were women. Fully realized as characters. The first person we meet in the book is in fact, Chryseis, Agamemnon's plunder-girl. She is not a princess, just a girl with an old father who loves her, who has had her life wrecked. She balances Helen, on the other side, power they might have had, taken from them.

Anyway, I found it easy to love the story in this form. I liked that. I will tell you the next book next time.



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Dec. 8th, 2017 11:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, sometimes the language/style a story is written in can make a difference as to how we react to it. I always found it difficult to read Moby Dick, primarily because of the sentence structure, and the round about ways Melville often took to get to the point of the story. I'd think I'd have problems with longer poetic works, so re-telling them in a more modern prose form is probably a good idea.
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