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The Husbands (1994)

by Christopher Logue

Series: Logue's Homer (3)

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In The Husbands, Logue trains his lyrical eye upon Homer's ultimate femme fatale, Helen of Troy, and her ardently mortal husbands, Menelaus and Paris. Carrying the Homeric world into our own, Logue's language is at once musical, profoundly tender, and frighteningly graphic. With cinematic speed, disarming confidence, and lyrical care, Logue gives us a reading of classic literature that makes unquestionably clear its relevance to our own time.… (more)
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Some of the emotional outbursts of individual characters are the best parts of this verse version of the individual combat between Menelaus and Paris/Alexandros (with interventions by Athena, Aphrodite, Pandarus, etc.). ( )
  cbobbitt | May 22, 2010 |
A poetic retelling of Homer which made me realise for the first time what an extraordinary story teller the Greek was. I've read lots of translations of the Illiad. Now, having read Logue's translation, I finally "get it".
Logue is not exactly linear in his translation work; I'm hoping he'll fill in the gaps and publish as a single volume soon. ( )
  ElizabethPisani | Apr 19, 2008 |
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In The Husbands, Logue trains his lyrical eye upon Homer's ultimate femme fatale, Helen of Troy, and her ardently mortal husbands, Menelaus and Paris. Carrying the Homeric world into our own, Logue's language is at once musical, profoundly tender, and frighteningly graphic. With cinematic speed, disarming confidence, and lyrical care, Logue gives us a reading of classic literature that makes unquestionably clear its relevance to our own time.

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