I really liked it. I read The Iliad in college but wasn‘t really sure what to expect from this. It‘s actually a pretty brutal version of the Trojan War that avoids glorifying the violence of that time or the original story in any way as it is told from the point of view of the woman given to Achilles as his “prize”. Barker even finds a way to include the gods and goddesses in a realistic sort of way which I appreciated.
I‘m only reading books written by women this month and I‘m excited to finally start this.
I didn‘t hate it! but I‘m still anxious to check out more Johnson. For some reason I got kind of a The Sun Also Rises vibe from it. But instead of expatriated American writers moving recklessly through Europe it was an expatriated NATO agent and a mercenary moving recklessly through Africa. I don‘t know if that was Johnson‘s intent but it fits better than if I kept waiting for it to become a Robert Ludlum novel or something I think?
This is just for the version that goes up to 2003. I don‘t think the second one is out yet(?) but this is what I could find! I sort of picked through this for what feels like an absurd amount of time but it worked that way since there‘s not really any narrative. Every few weeks I could go back and see what wacky hijinks and/or ennui David Sedaris was up to in 1997.
I like it a lot! I wish it was longer. Almost half the page count is footnotes and appendices. But ignoring that, it‘s a pretty tight little tour through humans‘ interpretation of the divine and feels pretty personal for Aslan. He‘s probably not for everyone but if you‘ve read his other books (I‘ve only read Zealot besides this and enjoyed it) then you‘ll probably like this too!
It‘s real good! But also probably as bleak as you think it is if not more-so. This is the first Cormac McCarthy novel I‘ve read so I don‘t know if it‘s typical of all of his books but I really liked the decision to not have chapters but it make it one long continuous journey. Almost like the one the characters are on. Who knew.