The Iliad

The Iliad

Graphic Novel - 2019
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"More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced off in an epic battle that rewrote history--the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer's legendary account of this decade-long ordeal, is considered the greatest war story of all time and one of the most important works of Western literature. In this thoroughly researched and artfully rendered graphic novel, renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds captures all the grim glory of Homer's epic. Dynamic illustrations take readers directly into the battle and lay bare the complex emotions of the men, women, and gods whose struggles fueled the war and determined its outcome. Paris, prince of Troy, has stolen the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta. To get her back and take revenge, the Greeks assemble a fleet of a thousand ships to conquer Troy. After nearly a decade of fighting, will a falling-out between the greatest Greek captains, Agamemnon and Achilles, offer hope to the Trojans--or doom them all? This companion volume to Hinds's adaptation of The Odyssey features notes, maps, a character key, and other tools to help readers understand all the action and drama of Homer's Iliad."--Book jacket.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2019
Characteristics: [8], 246, [18] pages : color illustrations, color map ; 28 cm
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763681135 (hardcover)
076368113X (hardcover)
9780763696634 (paperback)
0763696633 (paperback)
Call Number: TEEN 741.5973 HINDS


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Jan 25, 2019

Gareth Hinds has authored a number of graphic novels of classic literature, but this was my first taste of his work. I was only casually familiar with The Iliad previously, and this was a welcome sampling -- perfect either to get a taste of what the story is all about, or as a jumping-off point toward the more complex editions. I had hoped initially to pass this copy on to my third grader, who is enamored with all things mythology right now, but the violence is depicted extremely graphically so I'll likely postpone sharing it with her for a little while yet. My advance copy was black-and-white only, but the cover indicated that the final release would be in full color. I look forward to seeing it, as well as reading Hinds' previous graphic novel of The Odyssey.

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.


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