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Stunning and Eye-Opening,
This review is from: All Day Permanent Red: An Account of the First Battle Scenes of Homer's Iliad (Hardcover)
I don't typically enjoy poetry. Maybe I'm too simple, but I usually need at least a modicum of a storyline and decent characterization in my literature. And most poetry I remember from school didn't have those aspects. Sure, lots of imagery and allusion, but not much on the storytelling.
That said, I was absolutely blown away by Logue's version of the Iliad. As another reviewer suggested, reimagining great works has a dubious past, but Logue is such a tremendous stylist his interpretation succeeds on every level. He maintains the emotion and power of the original, and he maintains plotline that has enthralled for thousands of years. But at the same time his English brings Homer directly to contemporary readers. For such a slim volume, it generated a lot of enjoyment.
My biggest disappointment is that so many of Logue's chapters of the Iliad are out-of-paint.
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