Friday, April 20, 2012

Reading List: An Iliad

An Iliad
by Alessandro Baricco

My tour of books inspired by the Homeric epics continues with this modern telling of, well, The Iliad, which was originally presented as a project to bring back the oral tradition of the narrative, before the author discovered it would be asking too much of contemporary ears to listen to the entirety of the original work.  So he set about editing it, and this is the result.  What can I say?  I don't grow tired of reading how Ilium was besieged by an angry horde of Greeks.  The song remains the same, by the notes change all the time.

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