It is believed Homer was blind, yet this adaptation proves his vision was far reaching and his insight into the human condition more relevant than ever. The Iliad is revitalized in this contemporary version with a central focus on the epic's deadliest hero, Achilles. This time, Archie is 27-year-old combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, achieving moderate celebrity as the crowd favorite of an underground fight club. Blessed as a fighter, he yearns for a life of peace but is thrust into the greatest battle he will ever know when confronted by a dangerous rival and his own mortality. Homer's original yarn has been stretched across the millennia, weaving seamlessly man's battle with himself, his enemies and his God into today's modern fabric.
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Yes because the author's use of language very eloquently tells several story lines and now that I know the big picture I want to listen for the nuances that weave each together.
The flashbacks of the soldier's time in Afghanistan.
I didn't care for his portrayal of a female's voice. At times the story was difficult to hear. To me it sounded muffled.
Archie's Popou because he seems to have greatly influenced who Achilles is.
This is a beautifully written story that reads like a Greek Tragedy, with the hero being an American Veteran of the Afghanistan War. The clarity of expression invokes a deep emotional response to one man's inner struggle with his attempt to reconcile all that he was with all that he now finds himself to be. Highly recommended. I wanted to listen to the whole story through and am looking forward to the next novel!
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