Troy: Signed Bookplate Edition (Hardback)Stephen Fry (author)
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Having re-introduced the gods, goddesses and earth-bound mortals caught up in the myths of Ancient Greece in “Mythos” and “Heroes”, Stephen Fry now brings wit, panache and brilliant story-telling skills to the Trojan War. Immersing us in hatred, tragedy and trickster cruelty as well as love, compassion and courage, this is a legend of human affairs that may well speak to us today.
Signed Bookplate Edition. You can order the standard edition here.
Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean. Glittering Ilion, the city that rose and fell not once but twice . . .
The story of Troy speaks to all of us - the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against that great city, to which they will lay siege for ten whole and very bloody years.
It is Zeus, the king of the gods, who triggers war when he asks the Trojan prince Paris to judge the fairest goddess of them all. Aphrodite bribes Paris with the heart of Helen, wife of King Menelaus of the Greeks, and naturally, nature takes its course.
It is a terrible, brutal war with casualties on all sides. The Greeks cannot defeat the Trojans – since Achilles, the Greek’s boldest warrior, is consumed with jealousy over an ally’s choice of lover, the Trojan slave Briseis, and will not fight . . .
The stage is set for the oldest and greatest story ever told, where monstrous passions meet the highest ideals and the lowest cunning. In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 752
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
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