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4.0 out of 5 stars The day before it all starts., February 25, 2011
This review is from: Trojan War Will Not Take Place (Modern Plays) (Paperback)
War is at hand. The Greek ships are on their way to Troy, coming to take back Helen. Hector, the Trojan prince and lead warrior, wants to give Helen back. The Trojan fighters have just come back from war and Hector's tired of it, and furthermore he doesn't think Helen's worth the trouble. On the other hand, some people are up for it - King Priam, Demokos the poet. They think the war will glorify Trojan courage and nobility.

Pros - It's both entertaining and intellectually challenging. Giradoux is a stylish writer. It's has a sort of humorous quality to it. They talk in a 20th century way, even though it's set in ancient Troy. The characters are real/relatable. Hector, Helen - I can't do them justice. Gripping.

Cons - There's not a whole lot of action, though that's the point. It's about what happened right before the action starts.

Summary - 4.5 stars. Giradoux is an intelligent, witty, and serious writer. I re-read The Trojan War Will Not Take Place just recently, after having first read it a couple decades ago. I'm still impressed. It holds up nicely. It still gives me things to think about.

Fyi - The Trojan War Will Not Take Place is sometimes called Tiger at the Gates.
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