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Cuilin
An Iliad | Alessandro Baricco
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Ten years of battle and the Trojan war rages on. For purists this book would be considered sacrilegious. It is an abridged version, but it is called An Iliad not The Iliad. It was written to be read aloud and broadcast on Italian radio. There were moments of boredom page after page of “Polypoetes killed Astyalus, Odysseus killed Pidytes, Eurypylus killed Melanthius”. But a quick easy telling of an epic in Greek mythology.
3 ⭐️‘s

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Cuilin
An Iliad | Alessandro Baricco
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
1. The Neapolitan Novels. Read the first two. Stopped halfway through the third. The fourth is sitting on a shelf somewhere. Will I finish them? 🤷‍♀️
2. Starting War and Peace a few years ago, fearing I‘d hate it and discovering I loved it and didn‘t want it to end. 🥰
3. Many crushes, first was Hamlet while reading in school. Probably thought I could safe him. 🙄

Eggs Ah the brooding Hamlet-that‘s an unusual choice 👏🏻📚👏🏻 5d
Cuilin @eggs At sixteen nothing was better than a pale, pensive, poet. 4d
Eggs Yes, exactly so ! @Cuilin 4d
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Cuilin
An Iliad | Alessandro Baricco
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I love a retelling of Greek mythology.

#Booked2020 #hatorheadcovering

“I wanted to look him in the eyes and see war die, and the arrogance of those who wish for it, and the folly of those that fight it.”

Caitlin_Sheridan Oh me too 6d
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MamaGina
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It‘s a rainy day here in WNC...perfect for continuing this amazing work...🤓

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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Jumping in at the last minute to join #Bookspin - one of my goals for 2020 is to read more books from my own shelves, and this seems like a great way to get that done.

Here's my 20 - some new selections, some that have been languishing for a while. 🥺

TheAromaofBooks Thank you so much for joining!! I'll be sure to tag you with the lucky number tomorrow!! 😁 2w
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ElaineR
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My Jan 2020 reads. Admittedly Bosh is a cook book but as I've made almost everything in it I think it counts. The Silence of the Girls comes out top this month for me but Philosophy for Polar Explorers is a close second.

#JanuaryStats
#JanuaryWrapup

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suvata
Country: A Novel | Michael Hughes
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Excellent book about the struggle for a united Ireland. I listened to it on Audible while I was reading it. What a treat. So authentic.

andrew61 That was a highlight of my 2019 reading and not seen anyone else mention it since. 3w
suvata @andrew61 Well, more people should be reading it. It was so good. 3w
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CoverToCoverGirl
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A very worthy listen - told from the female perspective. Men make war and the women and children of the conquered suffer the consequences - brutal slavery and/or brutal death. This is very intense and disturbing, but well done. #Audiobook #Audible
#CJW

Tamra Yes, so good! 4w
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ElaineR
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Loved this so much. The Iliad from the point of view of the women. Pat Barker has done a tremendous job here. A completely fresh look at one of the most well known stories out there.

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Emilymdxn
A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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3/15 #jumpstart2020

Definitely the best reimagination of myth I‘ve read. The Trojan War through the eyes of its women, Greek Trojan and goddesses. Such a deep dive into women‘s experience of one of the most famous wars with famous male heroes in history, and I sobbed in the grocery store when Andromache begged for her baby‘s life. Can not recommend enough.

#popsugar2020 7 deadly sins - the greed and pride of the commanders

aartichapati Wow, this sounds great! I feel like I heard about it a while ago but forgot about it, so glad that you reminded me of it here! 1mo
annamatopoetry Ooh interesting. Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Firebrand was the first book I read about the Trojan War (at age 13 maybe?), and I've never been able to care about any of the male characters of the Illiad since. 1mo
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