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Ransom

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Ransom by Malouf, David, 9780307475244
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  • ISBN: 9780307475244 | 0307475247
  • Cover: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1/25/2011
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In his first novel in more than a decade, award-winning author David Malouf reimagines the pivotal narrative of Homer’s Iliad—one of the most famous passages in all of literature.

This is 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. A moving tale of suffering, sorrow, and redemption, Ransom is incandescent in its delicate and powerful lyricism and its unstated imperative that we imagine our lives in the glow of fellow feeling.

“Exquisite. . . . Lovely and moving. . . . Malouf doesn’t exploit Homer’s Iliad; he fully respects its majesty and at the same time fulfills his own deep need to link the distant past to the terrors of the present. Ransom is a joy to read.”-Providence Journal-Bulletin

“Vivid. . . . Priam’s character has a warmth and immediacy that reflects Malouf’s skill for animating historical figures.”-The Wall Street Journal

“Remarkable. . . . Highly evocative. . . . That Malouf is able to cut such an epic tale down to size (and in the process make it his own) is truly a testament to his gift as a novelist.”-Sacramento Book Review

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