Winner of the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature and the ASAL Gold Medal Award.
David Malouf shines new light on Homer's ILIAD, adding twists and reflections, as well as flashes of earthy humour, to surprise and enchant.
In this exquisite gem of a novel, Achilles is maddened by grief at the death of his friend Patroclus. From the walls of Troy, King Priam watches the body of his son, Hector, being dragged behind Achilles' chariot. There must be a way, he thinks, of reclaiming the body - of pitting compromise against heroics, new ways against the old, and of forcing the hand of fate. Dressed simply and in a cart pulled by a mule, an old man sets off for the Greek camp ...
Lyrical, immediate and heartbreaking Malouf's fable engraves the epic themes of the Trojan war onto a perfect miniature - themes of war and heroics, hubris and humanity, chance and fate, the bonds between soldiers, fathers and sons, all newly burnished and brilliantly recast for our times.
About The Author
David Malouf is the author of short story collections The Complete Stories (winner of the Australia Asia Literary Award), Dream Stuff ('These stories are pearls', - Spectator) and Every Move You Make and of acclaimed novels including The Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' and Miles Franklin Prizes) and Remembering Babylon (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award). His most recent work Ransom was shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award and the Qld Premier's Literary Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award. He also writes poetry, drama and libretti for operas. Born and brought up in Brisbane, he lives in Sydney.
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Comments about Ransom:
This was part of my Bachelor of Arts curriculum and I was not looking forward to it, as school ruined Greek mythology (and many other genres) for me. I could not put the book down. I had never read Homer's Iliad but knew what it was about. The University library supplied book 24, which Ransom is based. Maybe due to the translation into English, but Homer's version was simple, almost child-like compared to the lyrical prose and imagery of Ransom - I could feel the cool water on my feet. David Malouf managed to create full-bodied characters in such as short space of time. The expansion of bit-players from Homer's version give a new perspective to an old story. Malouf allows the reader an insight into the ruminations of central characters, which adds new depth to the story, suggesting the Gods didn't play as greater role in the outcome as they did in the original.
Comments about Ransom:
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 14 - 18 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st March 2010
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.228
Edition Number: 2