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Helen of Troy

by Margaret George

Series: Helen of Troy (Complete)

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Married at a tender age to the Spartan king Menelaus, the beautiful Helen bears him a daughter and anticipates a passionless marriage before falling in love with the Trojan prince Paris, with whom she flees to Troy, with devastating consequences.

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10. [Helen of Troy] by [Margaret George] A retelling with embellishments of Homer's epic, The Illiad. The story really focused on Helen, Paris, and Menelaus. As I find with myths, I really needed a chart of who's who and who is a god and who is mortal. This was one of the better. George always tells a good story. 636 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Jan 13, 2024 |
The story of Helen of Troy is one of those tales that everyone sort of knows generally without actually reading or watching it first-hand, as if we've taken it in via cultural osmosis (I've found the same to be true with the Star Wars movies and Moby Dick). We all somehow know that Helen was a pretty lady whose "face launched a thousand ships", and she caused a huge war involving some trickery called the Trojan horse. Pretty basic, but isn't it cool that a myth that built up around real events and real people who lived 3000 years ago, on a totally different continent, is still in our cultural consciousness? The answer is f yes.

What I liked best about the book was how it completely drew me into its world. The amount of detail in describing the places, the people, and their actions created a convincing reality for the story, and it felt good to just let go and lose myself in it. I've been reading a lot of non-fiction lately, so this was a good book for getting outside that mindset and do some reading just for the pure pleasure of a story.

Another thing I really liked about this story was finding out how many famous myths and heroes are connected to it, and through it to each other. It was like all these other myths were half of a puzzle's pieces, and the story of Helen of Troy is the other half that helps bind them all together into one.

The thing that drove me nuts about this book was the abundance of prophesies, and the fact that people would seem to fear them and yet act surprised when they came to pass. If they go to the trouble of seeking out prophesies, then why don't they believe them and accept that their actions can't alter anything? Also, way too many people in the book had prophetic powers, it sort of kills the magic of second sight if most people have it. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
Well, this book was great at first but I struggled through about 200 pages in the middle of the story. It took me forever to get through. Great story, just a bit too long. I gave a third star for the wonderful ending. ( )
  mtngrl85 | Jan 22, 2023 |
This book is a beautiful interpretation of the story of Helen of Troy. Margaret George is able to take a well loved story and turn it into a personal diary told through the lips of Helen. Sparta and Troy are so easy to imagine as are the believability of the personalities of the characters. It was also interesting how the gods played a subtle manipulating role. It is a very romantic retelling of a classic story. ( )
  kelleysgirl76 | Sep 16, 2022 |
This book is perfect for people who love reading about Greek myths, epic tales, the Trojan War, and Helen of Troy. Prior to reading this book I had very few knowledge of antiquity and Greek mythology, only knowing the basic from my Classic Culture class at University but I've always been interested in this subject so, reading Helen of Troy, I was able to learn a bit more about it.
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  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
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...Troy, with walls still far from old
Had been destroyed, that noble, royal town
And many a man full worthy of renown
Had lost his life - that no man can gainsay -
And all for Helen, the wife of Menelay,

When a thing's done, it may then be no other.

--John Lydgate, Troy Book, circa 1412-1420
To my daughter, Alison Rachel, dear friend and companion

And to her grandmother, my mother, Margaret Dean, a last great Southern belle
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