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Born of god and king and hidden as a girl until Odysseus discovers him, Achilles becomes the Greeks greatest warrior at Troy. Into his story comes a cast of fascinating charactersamong them Hector, Helen, Penthiselaia the Amazon Queen, and the centaur Chiron; and finally John Keats, whose writings form the basis of a meditation on the nature of identity and shared experience. Achilles is an affirmation of the storys enduring power to reach across centuries and cultures to the core of our imagination.

Elizabeth Cook has published short fiction and poetry as well as scholarly works on Renaissance literature, and has also written and presented for television and the theatre. Formerly a university lecturer, she has edited the works of John Keats. She lives London.

An Atlantic Montly Best Book of the Year

This beautifully crafted retelling of the epic tale of Achilles recreates Homer's fated hero in a new and striking reality. Born of the Sea nymph Thetis by the mortal King Peleus, and hidden as a girl until Odysseus discovers him, Achilles becomes the Greeks' greatest warrior at Troy. Into his story comes a cast of rich (and sometimes surprising) charactersamong them Hector, Helen, Penthiseleia the Amazon Queen, the centaur Chiron, and finally John Keats, whose writings form the basis of a meditation on the nature of identity and shared experience. As a work of fiction, Achilles is also an affirmation of the story's enduring power to reach across centuries and cultures to the core of our imagination.

"Unfailingly modern: swift, cinematic, sexually explicit, and ravishingly beautiful. This poetic masterpiece, a psychologically acute portrait of the Homeric hero Achilles . . . imbues [Homer] with a post-Freudian emotional sensibility, focusing more on the nuances of individual motivation than on the grandeur of the action."The Atlantic Monthly

"This forceful re-creation of the life of Achilles sacrifices nothing to modernity . . . At the same time, this brief, intense novel is unmistakably modern in intent . . . Fragments of keen, almost carnal prose have the cumulative effect of a requiem."The New Yorker

"[A] dazzling, graphic vision . . . gives splendid new life to this ancient tale."The Miami Herald

"Erudite, passionate, and not the least bit pretentious. Cook has impressively transformed the legend of Achilles into something entirely her own, a thoroughly modern study of masculinity, mortality, and honor."Carmela Ciuraru, San Francisco Chronicle

"Everything in this novel, except the number of pages, is larger than life, and in reading it we are returned to our own lives with a sense of larger possibility. This bright, fierce book reminds us that art can be consoling and that, however grievous, however inevitable our losses, we do not bear them alone."Margot Livesey, The Boston Sunday Globe

"This welcome retelling of Achilles' careersavage yet sensitive, headstrong yet doomedimpels him to death, but Elizabeth Cook's vivid narrative, together with John Keats waiting in the wings, restores the Homeric hero to his rightful, impassioned life."Robert Fagles, translator of Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey

"Unfailingly modern: swift, cinematic, sexually explicit, and ravishingly beautiful. This poetic masterpiece, a psychologically acute portrait of the Homeric hero Achilles . . . imbues [Homer] with a post-Freudian emotional sensibility, focusing more on the nuances of individual motivation than on the grandeur of the action."The Atlantic Monthly

"Elizabeth Cook has met the challenge of retelling the Achilles story with thrilling audacity and has given us a novel of great beauty and originality. A heroic book, radiant with intelligence and passion."Sigrid Nunez, author of For Rouenna

"Cook's Achilles shimmers between poetry and prose, myth and memory, an age-old story and a startlingly modern imagination. It is uncanny in the best sense of the word."Emily Barton, author of The Testament of Yves Gundron

"With this brilliantly conceived retelling of the plight of one of Homer's heroes, British writer Cook demonstrates the same skill that has made her poetry and examinations of Renaissance literature so wonderfully memorable. Cleaving closely to the Odyssey but embellishing her tale with sharply imagined creative flourishes, Cook navigates the rise and fall of the powerful Greek warrior Achilles, tragic hero of the Trojan war. Voluptuously chronicling the warrior's youth . . . and Achilles' own demiseis the work's central theme, but Cook also brilliantly narrates a series of passionate encounters, describing, for example, the exquisitely athletic fusion of King Peleus and Achilles' sea-nymph mother, Thetis. Cook's text is more lush prose poem than traditional narrative, its concentrated, intense verbiage exhibiting agony and beauty simultaneously. The heady brew is made even richer by Cook's brave incorporation of an episode from the life of John Keates in the surprising final chapter, which suggests a curious affinity between the prophetic writer and the slain hero. At 128 pages, Cook's tale is tightly woven, and this brevity makes for an extreme reading experience. The genre of retellings of classical epics will surely be reinvigorated by this slim, exceptional interpretation of the heroic fable of Achilles."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Inspired . . . Cook points up the primal quality of Achilles' story, so that we see its tragedy . . . as utterly universal."Booklist (starred review)

"Masterful . . . A short, intense account of a short, intense life, closer to being a poem than a novel: if not verse, then at least prose with blood pressure."London Review of Books

"A piece of writing that somehow belongs both to the ancient world and to ours. By pure force of feeling and imagination, and without any overt modernization, it transforms this ancient story into something that goes straight to the heart of our current questions."Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

"[A] remarkable little book . . . It is slender yet epic in its scope. Its roots are well-known, but its branches are new. I have never read anything like it."Kate Kellaway, The Observer

"Extraordinary, and extraordinarily successful . . . What the late Angela Carter did for the folk-tale and fairy-story, Cook is here doing for the classical epic . . . It is beautiful, passionate."Sara Maitland, The Spectator

Review:

"Everything in this novel...is larger than life, and in reading it we are returned to our own lives with a sense of larger possibility. This bright, fierce book reminds us that art can be consoling..." Margot Livesey, The Boston Globe

Review:

"With this brilliantly conceived retelling...British writer Cook demonstrates the same skill that has made her poetry...so wonderfully memorable....At 128 pages, Cook's tale is tightly woven, and this brevity makes for an extreme reading experience." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"In language more chaste and essential than prose fiction normally employs, Cook points up the primal quality of Achilles' story, so that we see its tragedy — that the supremely gifted, too, must die — as utterly universal." Ray Olson, Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"[A] poetic masterpiece....unfailingly modern: swift, cinematic, sexually explicit, and ravishingly beautiful." The Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"[A] forceful re-creation....Fragments of keen, almost carnal prose have the cumulative effect of a requiem..." The New Yorker

Review:

"Cook offers up an inconsistently satisfying curiosity in this little slip of a debut novel....The closing section...is quite beautifully done....A mix." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Cook imbues the legend of Achilles with startling urgency and beauty. Erudite, passionate and not the least bit pretentious...Cook has impressively transformed the legend of Achilles into something entirely her own..." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"This book is a tiny treasure....If, as they say, every generation demands its own translation of Homer, Cook brings us here a Homer for the MTV generation." Slate.com

Synopsis:

This powerful, passionate and beautifully crafted retelling of the epic tale of Achilles recreates Homer's fated hero in a new and striking reality. An unforgettable and deeply moving work of fiction, Achilles is also an affirmation of the story's enduring power to reach across centuries and cultures to the core of imagination.

Synopsis:

Born of god and king and hidden as a girl until Odysseus discovers him, Achilles becomes the Greeks greatest warrior at Troy. Into his story comes a cast of fascinating characters—among them Hector, Helen, Penthiselaia the Amazon Queen, and the centaur Chiron; and finally John Keats, whose writings form the basis of a meditation on the nature of identity and shared experience. Achilles is an affirmation of the storys enduring power to reach across centuries and cultures to the core of our imagination.

About the Author

Elizabeth Cook has published short fiction and poetry, as well as scholarly works on Renaissance literature. She has also written for television and the theater. She lives in London. This is her first novel.

Table of Contents

Two Rivers 1
Gone 59
Relay 93
Glossary of Classical Names 109

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312311100
Author:
Cook, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Achilles (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Trojan War
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Achilles
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
108-2
Publication Date:
February 1, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.45 x 0.3 in

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Product details 128 pages Picador USA - English 9780312311100 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Everything in this novel...is larger than life, and in reading it we are returned to our own lives with a sense of larger possibility. This bright, fierce book reminds us that art can be consoling..."
"Review" by , "With this brilliantly conceived retelling...British writer Cook demonstrates the same skill that has made her poetry...so wonderfully memorable....At 128 pages, Cook's tale is tightly woven, and this brevity makes for an extreme reading experience."
"Review" by , "In language more chaste and essential than prose fiction normally employs, Cook points up the primal quality of Achilles' story, so that we see its tragedy — that the supremely gifted, too, must die — as utterly universal."
"Review" by , "[A] poetic masterpiece....unfailingly modern: swift, cinematic, sexually explicit, and ravishingly beautiful."
"Review" by , "[A] forceful re-creation....Fragments of keen, almost carnal prose have the cumulative effect of a requiem..."
"Review" by , "Cook offers up an inconsistently satisfying curiosity in this little slip of a debut novel....The closing section...is quite beautifully done....A mix."
"Review" by , "Cook imbues the legend of Achilles with startling urgency and beauty. Erudite, passionate and not the least bit pretentious...Cook has impressively transformed the legend of Achilles into something entirely her own..."
"Review" by , "This book is a tiny treasure....If, as they say, every generation demands its own translation of Homer, Cook brings us here a Homer for the MTV generation."
"Synopsis" by , This powerful, passionate and beautifully crafted retelling of the epic tale of Achilles recreates Homer's fated hero in a new and striking reality. An unforgettable and deeply moving work of fiction, Achilles is also an affirmation of the story's enduring power to reach across centuries and cultures to the core of imagination.
"Synopsis" by ,
Born of god and king and hidden as a girl until Odysseus discovers him, Achilles becomes the Greeks greatest warrior at Troy. Into his story comes a cast of fascinating characters—among them Hector, Helen, Penthiselaia the Amazon Queen, and the centaur Chiron; and finally John Keats, whose writings form the basis of a meditation on the nature of identity and shared experience. Achilles is an affirmation of the storys enduring power to reach across centuries and cultures to the core of our imagination.

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