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Great Start....Slower Middle....Tight Ending,
This review is from: Helen of Troy (Hardcover)
This was the first book that I ever read by Margaret George. It was a large novel (over 600 pages), which started quickly then came to a screeching halt. As a lot of people I am familiar with the Iliad and the many other stories, movies and renditions of the Trojan War, so learning of Helen's early life was fascinating. The pace of the book was quick and kept me hooked in. I looked forward to taking a cup of tea and going back to ancient Sparta. When Helen got to Troy the book slowed down so much it was the equivalent of slamming on the breaks in your car when a deer darts across the road. I understand that the Trojan War was an important "event" in Helen and Paris' life, but George got into the minutia too much. It took too long to actually get to the point where the Greeks arrived on the Planes of Troy. This part of the book and Helen and Paris' life in Troy could have been condensed considerably. The point of Helen's relationships with the Trojan Royal Family could have been gotten across to the reader in a lot less pages for as much importance as it had in the end. George does this in several other parts of the book by wrapping up Helen's seven years in Egypt in less than four pages. She gets her point across and the story doesn't lose anything in the telling. The story ends nicely and is an acceptable ending based on the build up of the very well developed characters. I have nothing against longer novels, but think this retelling of the Trojan War, could have been much smaller and still been a great read.