Download PDF by Simon Armitage: The Story of the Iliad: A Dramatic Retelling of Homer’s Epic


By Simon Armitage

ISBN-10: 0871408937

ISBN-13: 9780871408938

Award-winning poet Simon Armitage dramatizes the tale of Troy, animating this vintage epic for a brand new new release of readers.Following his hugely acclaimed dramatization of the Odyssey, Simon Armitage right here takes at the destiny of Troy, bringing Homer's Iliad to existence with clean creative imaginative and prescient. within the ultimate days of the Trojan conflict, the Trojans and the Greeks are stuck in a sour stalemate. Exhausted and determined after ten years of battle, gods and males conflict between themselves for the dignity of popularity and a hand in victory. Cleverly intertwining the Iliad and the Aeneid, Armitage poetically narrates the story of Troy to its dire finish, evoking an international affected by deceit, clash, and a perilous predilection for delight and envy. As with the Odyssey, Armitage finds the echoes of historical fantasy in our modern war-torn panorama, and reinvigorates the vintage epics with event, ardour, and, strangely, Shakespearean wit.

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"So great. . . . Armitage 's love of the Greek epic is obvious in virtually each line."—New York Times

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8 Such exclusive focus on the form of detective fiction has a number of troubling consequences. First, the emphasis on structural continuity overlooks differences in subgenre, setting, and protagonist that are of great importance to fans. 9 Third, formalist scholarship ignores differences in the conditions of production and primary readership over time and in different media. For example, the 1920s and '30s readers of Dashiell Hammett in the cheap pulp magazine Black Mask are not the same readers, demographically, who buy his novels in expensive Vintage Crime Classics paperbacks today.

Once inside a hard-boiled text, my senses are filled with what Raymond Chandler called ''the smell of a world where men live," 3 a world I do not know at all well. 4 What are communities of men like? How do they function? What are their codes of conduct? What do they talk about, and what kinds of rhetoric do they use? Reading this fiction has offered me the opportunity to eavesdrop on how one group of mostly white, mostly working-class men made sense of the world through the pulp fiction that circulated widely in their communities between the wars.

The pulp-magazine business boomed between the wars, driven by falling costs and rising literacy levels. 5 The magazines that our first-time Black Mask reader preferredthose printed on white or "good" paperwere "respectable" magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, and Cosmopolitan. These mass-market magazines, printed on the "slick" paper necessary for high-quality reproduction of images, featured short fiction, articles on a variety of general-interest topics, handsome illustrations, and glossy ads for consumer products.

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