Adèle Geras' Troy views the Trojan war through a fresh set of eyes: that of Troy's women. Aimed at a teenage audience, the heroines at the center of this original story are two sisters: Marpessa, Helen's handmaiden, a girl with special visions, and Xanthe, a gentle nurse. The goddess Aphrodite, bored with bloodshed, begins to toy with the sisters, and the two are drawn into a compelling saga of love and war. Originally nominated for the Whitbread prize and narrated with a gentle wit by talented voice performer Miriam Margolyes, Troy shows the human side of war and adds layers of brilliant personality to this time-honored tale.
This is the story of two devoted sisters, Xanthe and Marpessa, both servants in the royal palaces of Troy. Marpessa is a strange, silent girl who can see and speak to the gods. She relies on her stronger sister, sweet-natured Xanthe. But when the goddess Aphrodite grows bored with the war, the bond between the pair is broken; for the goddess of desire decides it would be amusing to make them both fall in love with the same man: the young warrior Alastor.
©2000 Adele Geras; (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"With exceptional grace and energy, Geras recreates the saga of the Trojan War by delving into the hearts and minds of the women of Troy." (Publishers Weekly)
I studied classical civilisation years ago at school, and so this was a great book to remind me of all the stories and characters I had studied about and loved!
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