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Tales of Troy and Greece [Illustrated] Kindle Edition

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About the Author

ANDREW LANG (1844-1912), Scottish man of letters educated at the Edinburgh Academy, St. Andrews, and Balliol College, Oxford, became a prolific and versatile London journalist. He took a leading part in the controversy with Max Müller and his school about the interpretation of mythology and folk tales. He published several volumes of verse and several solid contributions to the study of the philosophy and religion of primitive man. He also wrote the four-volume History of Scotland, A History of English Literature, and many fairytale collections, as well as works on Homer, Joan of Arc, Scott, Lockhart, Mary Stuart, John Knox, Prince Charlie, Tennyson, and others.

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  • File Size: 3044 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1421236621
  • Publisher: MacMay (May 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z1HP58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Moore on July 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a great read for adolescents--but not for children, unless they're interested in the goriness of hand-to-hand combat and the rough and tumble of the plain of war.

It's interesting that Lang didn't leave much out regarding the butchery of war, while effectively removing the subtlety of character and richness of thought that Homer provides in the Iliad and the Odyssey. Any reader of the Iliad, at least, will recognize that the poet knew and tried to communicate to his audience the profound human consequences of organized violence; little of that remains in Lang's tale.

A few observations:

While retaining most Greek usages, Lang chooses the Latinized name for Odysseus (Ulysses) and truncates Diomedes to Diomede...and one can only wonder why, since Menelaus, Agamemnon, Aias, Priam, and many other Greek usages are preserved intact. Lang's recounting of the tales focuses largely on the plot and strips Homer's narrative of nuance and character--so that, for example, Achilles and Odysseus, two very complicated, conflicted, and controversial figures, are caricatures...merely brave, clever, resolute, and face the horrors of war without wavering...all of which betray the pre-WWI era in which Lang wrote. Hector, the starkly tragic figure on the Trojan side, is similarly drained of real humanity, and the helpless drama of his wife Andromache is laundered. One doesn't expect that every adult theme of a very complex and deep narrative would be translated for young people--but on the other hand, serving up the raw violence and editing out the painful human consequences doesn't make a lot of sense, either.

There is also remarkably little here of the Greek gods and goddesses, who intervene so actively and arbitrarily in Homer's works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniela Dennis on June 12, 2013
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I like it because it gives a great insight into Greek mythology in a very understandable way. Since English is my second language I appreciate an easy reading book.
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The book is not bad. But I found a bit odd the author's way of telling the stories. I know these myths are widely known, but the author kept giving away information too soon. I don't like to learn prematurely that a character that is fighting today will die tomorrow. I also think the author used too much detail in some parts and too little in others. And I didn't like very much the narrator's voice.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hmr on January 5, 2014
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Pretty decent recap of the tales told in our child hood. It's ok and has some entertainment but not worth re reading
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