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The Luck of Troy by Roger Lancelyn Green

The Luck of Troy (original 1961; edition 1967)

by Roger Lancelyn Green

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Title:The Luck of Troy
Authors:Roger Lancelyn Green
Info:Harmondsworth : Penguin Books, 1967.
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Tags:children's/young adult, classics, retelling, read 2019

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The Luck of Troy by Roger Lancelyn Green (1961)

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    Ludi_Ling: Two Greek tales - the Iliad and the Odyssey - told from the point of view of a young adult.

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This is a slight departure for Roger Lancelyn Green's retellings of ancient myths. In this story he follows the Trojan War from the perspective of Nicostratus, the son of Menelaus and Helen of Troy, who is taken with his mother to Troy when she is kidnapped by Paris. It's told in much more of a "children's adventure" style of an older period, complete with occasionally cringeworthy dialect, such as the elderly maid talking like a stereotypical Irish woman, and Palamades talking like the pwiest in the Pwincess Bwide who pwesides over the wedding of Buttercup and Pwince Humperdink. The story itself is well told and hits all of the important bits. Well, except for the part where Iphigeneia is sacrificed… considering she is shown as a friend to Hermione, Helen's daughter, at the beginning of the story, it might have been a bit much to show that part on screen. The intended audience is from about ages 8 to 10; the book itself says 10 to 12, but I'd maybe pitch it a bit younger these days, since there is so much more young adult and teenage fiction to choose from now. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jan 14, 2015 |
This was a favourite book of my childhood, and 20 years on still makes a good read. Green is an admirable expert in his field and brings all of his knowledge to the fore in this story. But what makes this story amazing is that it is not only accessible to the layman, but also to children and young adults. Green makes a convincing narrative from a young boy's point of view, charting his childhood and his journey being thrust unwillingly into adulthood. The politics of war, however far away they may be from a child's mind, were clear even to my own 10 year old mind when I first read this. The characterisations are fantastic and true to their mythological counterparts. Green's style is simple yet elegant.

I highly recommend this book to children and young adults interested in general in reading good fiction, and more specifically in Greek mythology. It is an old book now, but due to its subject matter is not outdated. It brings a whole new, intimate level to the legends of the past. I would even recommend it to adults as a good example of a quick, light, undemanding - yet rewarding - read. ( )
  Ludi_Ling | Mar 11, 2012 |
I loved this story when I was a child and I am fairly certain that it was this book that set me off on my ongoing love affair with Homer and all things Greek. Sadly this book is out of print and it shouldn't be as it is a classic. ( )
1 vote riverwillow | Nov 8, 2008 |
Roger Lancelyn Green draws on both familiar and obscure sources to describe the last year of the Trojan War from the viewpoint of 12-year-old Nicostratus, son of Helen and Menelaus, living as a captive in Troy. ( )
  muumi | Aug 1, 2007 |
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The Greeks have fought the Trojans for years trying to free Helen and her son, Nico. As Nico reaches his teens, he decides to take a hand in the war himself.

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