Acclaimed author Margaret George tells the story of the legendary Greek woman whose face "launched a thousand ships" in this New York Times bestseller. In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy also known as Helen of Sparta, was said to have been the Her story reappears in Book II of Virgil's Aeneid. In her youth, she. The Private Life of Helen of Troy by John Erskine was published in by Bobbs Merrill and became a bestseller the following year. The book was adapted .
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Helen of Troy book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A lush, seductive novel of the legendary beauty whose face launched. Books shelved as helen-of-troy: Helen of Troy by Margaret George, Nobody's Princess by Esther M. Friesner, The Memoirs of Helen of Troy by Amanda Elyot,.. . Helen of Troy by Margaret George. Download Cover (Hi-Res). About the Book “ What Ms. George has created with this book is a great summer read: realistic.
Plot summary[ edit ] In the beginning, Menelaus - Helen's husband - leaves Troy in search of her and plans to kill her for all the trouble her beauty has caused. Instead, the two set out on a week-long voyage back to Sparta. Menelaus questions why his wife ran away from Sparta to begin with, saying that he didn't believe her involvement with Paris was enough. Once at home, Helen talks with Charita and tells her that in the beginning, she thought she loved Paris and that is why she ran away with him, but she realized she only loved something he made her think of, and in the end, she only felt sorry for him. She goes on to say that she felt sorry for Paris because she could see he was "lost in the madness" just as she was. She tells her that marriage starts with love, but the people in the marriage get lost along the way and calls marriages fatal errors. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
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George weaves all of the stories concerning the Trojan War together into one fantastically well written book. I have read most of the ancient and modern writings about this subject and Ancient Greece in particular and I can recommend this book as one of the best. She gets it all right.
I just returned from a trip to Greece, and standing in Mycenae looking at the ruins of the rooms where the Trojan War was planned was very moving.
This book was the perfect antidote to my post-Greece blues. Thank you Ms. Next I think I will read her book about Cleopatra! By the way I listened to this from Audible and the narration is extremely well done.
Kindle Edition Verified download. I have loved all of Margaret George's books. I just fnished Cleopatra and Mary of Magdalene recently and loved them both.
I read Henry vIII 3 times I like this author! And then there's Helen of Troy I didn't care at all about the characters. They just seemed very 2 dimensional and shallow.
I'd have to recommend her other books but tell you to not waste your time or money on this one. Make no mistake: Margaret George's Helen of Troy is indeed a doorstopper of a book, coming in at over pages, and it could very easily have become bogged down in endless unpronounceable names and illogical storylines.
Happily for the reader, the author pulls you in early on and builds the story layer by layer until you realize you've been entrapped in her words that will not let go until the final pages This is, of course, the legendary story of Helen of Troy, the "face that launched a thousand ships", and her lover Paris, with whom she leaves all she's known, including a husband, a child, and a kingdom.
George has fleshed her characters out well; she's given Helen enough conscience that her guilt feelings seem real, yet we understand why she chose to leave with the god-like Paris. Upon entering Troy, Helen begins to realize the fall-out of her actions will reach much further than simply destroying her family.
George gives us the tension leading up to the warfare between the Greeks and the Trojans and though we know the ultimate outcome, it is still heart-wrenching and exhausting.
I really enjoyed this novel. Having been a long-time fan of George's, I found this novel to be a better written and more fascinating glimpse into an historical figure real or not than Mary Called Magdalene. Helen, with all her faults, comes through as a woman tortured by both love and loss. George is particularly good at bringing all the warring factions and heroes to life and she keeps them separated by their actions and personalities. I found this to be a credible, fascinating look into an era of history I knew relatively little about.
This is a mythical account of Helen of Troy. Very interesting. I love the detailed description of clothing and personal lives of the people. I highly enjoyed it.
This as the first book I have read by George, and because of this book, I recently ordered her book on Cleopatra. This book is not only enjoyable on a surface level, when cross-examining it with other books on Greek mythology such as The Illiad, it all checks out, which makes this an educational read as well.
Putting the character in a position where the reader sees his or her emotional struggles, allowed me to absorb more of the "factual" information without even realizing it. One of the most educational and enjoyable books I have read. Great book, great author. I have read all of her books twice. If you are looking to immerse yourself in a long novel, I highly recommend. I started reading the story of Iliad, when I was in Grade school - of course a Children's edition.
Ever since, I read many authors retelling Homer's story and beyond. This book encompasses all and I enjoyed reading every page of it. One person found this helpful. LOVED it!! Hardcover Verified download. I bought this book as an impulse cheapie with hardly any intent on reading it because I've never been intrigued by Greek mythology. It's one of those that I thought of as "last resort" if I get bored.
I decided one day, after it lied on my nightstand for 2 months, to just go for it and read the first few pages. If I don't like it by then, I put it down. The problem is that I couldn't put it down!!!
Helen acquires her visionary insights and her outsized passion from the gods as she goes along rather than from an inborn nature. She objects to being so special in appearance and as far as personality, she stays in normal human parameters: strong-willed at times, intelligent and perceptive about people and their faults, able to take command in times of need, but often an observer more than a doer.
The magical sorceress-like character that sometimes appears in the myths and Homer is not present here except in rumors that Helen rejects. Although Helen and Paris go through a rough spot in their marriage, George has them cleave to each other to the end.
Achilles is pretty much despicable through and through. Paris is a far more heroic character here than I would have been able to imagine, and I enjoyed that vision a great deal. George uses some clever, if occasionally a little contrived, devices to put us on the scene with some famous moments in the Iliad. As a reader I felt it in my bones. I wept with Priam and Hecuba and the growing bleakness and despair is beautifully depicted. She makes you want to reach into mythological history and rewrite it, make the whole thing come out differently, even as you read along knowing no such reprieve will come.