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Book Title: Troy|
The author of the book: Adèle Geras
Date of issue: August 7th 2006
ISBN 13: 9780439950954
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It's a sad time in the city of Troy. The war has been going on for 10 years and it has spread it's roots into each and every household, spreading misery and death and sorrow. Soldiers go out to war every morning, leaving behind widows and orphans; women spend the day in terror, wondering whether their husbands, sons and brothers will come back or not. Food is scarce, thanks to the siege and money is spent endlessly on the war, on the weapons and food for the horses. Anything that is moving is cooked and served on the table. Even the palace can not afford much luxury.
And in the middle of all this sadness are two sisters, Xanthe and Marpessa. The two are orphans, found on the mountain and brought to the palace, where they grew up working for the princesses. The elder, Xanthe, works in the blood room, the place where all wounded soldiers are brought and given treatment. She works there looking after the wounded, caring for them, healing them. She also works for Andromache, wife of Hector. She looks after their son, Astyanax, a baby just learning to speak. The younger one, Marpessa, works for Helen who loves her as though she were her own daughter. Marpessa is gifted, she sees the Gods and speaks to them, and more importantly, is the only one who actually remembers seeing them. These two sisters work hard, supporting each other in these troubled times and caring for one another. Till something comes between them.
A young warrior named Alastor. He first wins over Xanthe's heart, and then promptly loses his own to Marpessa. Now the two sisters are set up against each other and by none other than the goddess Aphrodite herself.
The story is set in the background of the war, there are many narratives and threads and the author shifts easily between them. The writing is fluid and intoxicating, the descriptions are easy to follow. What makes it even more exciting is the inevitable doom we all know is coming. I really like the way the author blends in the gods into all of this, the way she shows the multiple love triangles from every characters point of view, not slighting any character and giving each one a chance to justify their actions. Alastor, I think, is a bit underdeveloped as a character. He does nothing but chase Marpessa for most of the book lusting after her before suddenly falling in love with her abruptly in the end. Xanthe too, is a bit pig headed throughout the book, refusing to see that the one she loves does not return her affections. But all in all it is a beautiful story.
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Read information about the authorAdèle Geras FRSL (born 15 March 1944) is an English writer for young children, teens and adults. Her husband was the Marxist academic Norman Geras and their daughter Sophie Hannah is also a novelist and poet.
Geras was born in Jerusalem, British Mandatory Palestine. Her father was in the Colonial Service and she had a varied childhood, living in countries such as Nigeria, Cyprus, Tanzania, Gambia and British North Borneo in a short span of time. She attended Roedean School in Brighton and then graduated from St Hilda's College, Oxford with a degree in Modern Languages. She was known for her stage and vocal talents, but decided instead to become a full-time writer.
Geras's first book was Tea at Mrs Manderby's, which was published in 1976. Her first full-length novel was The Girls in the Velvet Frame. She has written more than 95 books for children, young adults, and adults. Her best-known books are Troy (shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal) Ithaka, Happy Ever After (previously published as the Egerton Hall Trilogy), Silent Snow, Secret Snow, and A Thousand Yards of Sea.
Her novels for adults include: Facing the Light, Hester's Story, Made in Heaven, and A Hidden Life.
Geras won two prizes in the United States, one the Sydney Taylor Book Award for the My Grandmother's Stories and the National Jewish Book Award for Golden Windows. She has also won prizes for her poetry and was a joint winner of the Smith Doorstop Poetry Pamphlet Award, offered by the publisher of that name.
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