Ransom, by Malouf, David
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- ISBN: 9780307378774 | 0307378772
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 1/5/2010
In his first novel in more than a decade, David Malouf-arguably Australiars"s greatest living writer-gives us a stirring reimagination of one of the most famous passages in all of literature: Achillesrs" rageful slaughter and desecration of Hector, and Priamrs"s attempt to ransom his sonrs"s body in Homerrs"sThe Iliad. A moving novel of suffering, sorrow and redemption,Ransomtells the story of the relationship between two grieving men at war: fierce Achilles, who has lost his beloved Patroclus in the siege of Troy; and woeful Priam, whose son Hector killed Patroclus and was in turn savaged by Achilles. Each manrs"s grief must confront the otherrs"s for surcease and resolution: a resolution more compelling to both than the demands of war. For when the wizened father and the vicious murderer of his son meet, "the past and present blend, enemies exchange places, hatred turns to understanding, youth pities age mourning youth."* Ransomis a tour de force, incandescent in its delicate and powerful lyricism and its unstated imperative that we imagine our lives in the glow of fellow feeling. *Quote from Alberto Manguelrs"s review inThe Australian.Please see Reviews.