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"A recent resurgence of popular interest in The Iliad, Homer’s epic poem about the Trojan War, has led many writers to try their hand at retelling some portion of the story. Buday may not be the first, but he is definitely one of the best."—Historical Novel Society

A "brilliant reimagining of the Iliad."—Globe and Mail

"The genius of Dragonflies—local writer Grant Buday’s take on the Trojan Horse—is that Buday imbues Homer’s epic with an essential humanity usually lacking in the strictest adaptations."—Jim Oaten,Sub Terrain

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After ten years the Trojan War is at a deadlock. Both sides are exhausted, and Odysseus, cleverest of men, wants more than anything to return to Ithaka and his wife and son and orange grove. He aches for home, but not without a certain fear that he will return a stranger to the son he hasn't seen in ten years. When Agamemnon, King of the Greeks, asks Odysseus to devise a scheme to settle the conflict once and for all, Odysseus comes up with the idea of the great horse. No Trojan, he thinks, can resist a magnificent horse. Yet many think the idea mad. The comic and iconoclastic Odysseus will have more than his ingenuity tested before he can set sail for home. This deeply imagined and exquisitely written novel details the last days of the Trojan War. Told from Odysseus' perspective, it fleshes out the myth and mystery of one of the greatest stories in the Western canon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Biblioasis; 1St Edition edition (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897231474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897231470
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,921,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bookguy on April 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
Dragonflies is an astonishing, compulsive read - the evocation of Odysseus in the last days of the Trojan Wars is breathtakingly real, earthy yet poetic, but above all human. By turns funny, gory, grotty, and heartbreaking, this timeless story, told in vivid first-person and stripped of easy lies about glory and honour, puts the fragility of human bodies and our vexed longing for some kind of eternity front and centre, making the narrative as timely today as it was in the days of Homer. The treatment of Helen vs Penelope -- with its pithy analysis of what makes a woman irresistible -- intrigues, while the ending, where we know the narrator's expectations of quick reunion with his loved ones are doomed, is truly poignant. Historical fiction buff or not, Dragonflies is un-put-downable - I finished it in one night (mind you at 180 pp it's quite slender, perfect for bedtime reading .. as long as you can handle a fair bit of brutal murder and mayhem before lights out, that is).
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By James P. Patuto on November 17, 2012
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I was quite wary about this book. A retelling of the Illiad? but no, this is a unique book, Told in the words of Odysseus, from right after the death of Achilles to the Trojan Horse. It is a musing on war, honor, love. There are some anachronisms , which I usually don't like in a novel, but this is not really historical fiction, and they are weaved perfectly into the story. Highly recommend.
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This is not only a fresh look at the most famous of the Greek myths, the war against Troy by the Greeks, but it is also a commentary on war in general. Odysseus has been fighting at Troy for ten years, and victory, when it comes, is so much ashes in his mouth. I recommend this book highly. James Allan Evans
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