Truly outstanding interpretation and performance of the "ILIAD"! Alfred Molina makes this classic, the oldest in Western culture, really come to life and leave the classroom or private study behind. This is a controversial new translation by Prof. Stephen Mitchell and I did not know what to expect. I've read most of the other Homeric translations, even those that nobody bothers to read anymore -- Alexander Pope, Lord Derby, anyone? And yes, I've read the originals, too. When one gets over losing some of one's favorite lines, the action runs off like a galloping horse. I was totally caught up and involved in this production. Mr. Molina turns in a masculine yet nuanced narration, taking the parts of the different speakers in the story with believable effect. One of the most exciting, easily understood ILIADs ever.
Not with a heavy pirate accent, but believable as all the characters -- the boy protagonist, Jim Hawkins, the Squire, the Doctor, ship's Captain, the buccaneers, etc. Mr, Molina enlivens each one. This has always been a rattling good yarn, and this version does full justice to the story. What a great plot! not so easy to create as one might think.
Narration moves along briskly, matching the classic, oft-copied tale. Makes one wish to go to sea!!
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