Helen of Troy: A Novel (Unabridged)
by Margaret George
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Daughter of a god, wife of a king, prize of antiquity's bloodiest war, Helen of Troy has inspired artists for millennia. Now Margaret George, the highly acclaimed best-selling historical novelist, has turned her intelligent, perceptive eye to the myth that is Helen of Troy. Margaret George breathes new life into the great Homeric tale by having Helen narrate her own story. Through her eyes and in her voice, we experience the young Helen's discovery of her divine origin and her terrifying beauty. While hardly more than a girl, Helen married the remote Spartan king Menelaus and bore him a daughter. By the age of 20, the world's most beautiful woman was resigned to a passionless marriage until she encountered the handsome Trojan prince Paris. And once the lovers flee to Troy, war, murder, and tragedy become inevitable.
WORTH THE MONEY
Reading Mary Queen of Scots (I HIGHLY recommend) over 10 years ago, I have been a devoted fan of Margaret George's work ever since. George's books are generally thick so it's no surprise Helen of Troy is 40 hours long. I never lost interest throughout the book and she doesn't overload the story with heavy details or specifics which (IMO) allows the reader's imagination to kick in full throttle and develop our own sense of the characters, including their physical appearances and situations.
This is by far THE BEST NARRATION I've heard. The narrator's voice matches the main character's age and tone and her male impressions won't make you cringe.