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Ransom

Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
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Malouf's fable engraves the epic themes of the Trojan war onto a perfect miniature.  

David Malouf shines new light on Homer’s Iliad, adding twists and reflections, as well as flashes of earthy humour, to surprise and enchant. In this exquisite gem of a novel, Achilles is maddened by grief at the death of his friend Patroclus. From the walls of Troy, King Priam watches the body of his son, Hector, being dragged behind Achilles’ chariot. There must be a way, he thinks, of reclaiming the body - of pitting compromise against heroics, new ways against the old, and of forcing the hand of fate. Dressed simply and in a cart pulled by a mule, an old man sets off for the Greek camp.... 

Lyrical, immediate and heartbreaking, Malouf’s fable engraves the epic themes of the Trojan war onto a perfect miniature - themes of war and heroics, hubris and humanity, chance and fate, the bonds between soldiers, fathers and sons, all newly burnished and brilliantly recast for our times.

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Victorian VCE Students

This is the right book for the English comparative. The guy who reads it is also clear and the guy who did the audiobook for one of the prequels of Game Of Thrones so his got some pull. Good luck with your exams and I hope this review helps!

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Ransom: an exercise in storytelling.

Episodic and keeping with the rhythm of Homer's original work. Ransom delivers a beautifully woven story.