Daughter Of Troy
(Sarah B. Franklin)
The Daughter of Troy, authored by Sarah B Franklin, is not really a Greek tragedy in the sense that the Greeks won the war initiated when Helen left her husband behind, to travel to Troy, with her new lover. The man who stole her heart was Paris, a son of Priam. The book tells the story of the fall of Troy, from a woman's perspective, and not just any woman, but a queen, a seer, a young woman who supposedly conversed with the gods. At the ripe age of thirteen, Briseis is already prophesying of future events, and surprisingly enough, her prophesies are being taken seriously. This book is not the type of book that can be read in one sitting, instead it is one that the reader can settle into over the course of time, since it reads much like a personal history book, rather than the story of the destruction of Troy. In reality the book is telling the history of the events leading up to the downfall of Troy, rather than the actual event itself. The book describes how a young queen is won by the greatest hero of the time, Achilles, and her ensuing life with him. The majority of what is written is quite plausible, especially when keeping in mind that it is written from a woman?s perspective, and especially one as biased towards the Greeks as is Briseis. The reader must always keep in mind that Briseis, though she was a prize awarded to Achilles for the victory he commanded over her homeland, was just as enthralled with Achilles as he eventually was over her. The research necessary to author a book containing the amount of detail that this book does, especially considering how long ago the actual events took place, seems to have been excellently handled, and for the reader interested in seeking additional and plausible information about the battle of Troy, this book is the place to go. One of the most telling details of the book is when the father of Briseis dies, and her mother follows him into the great beyond immediately afterward by drinking poison at his funeral. If the reader is of a more romantic nature, then this book will quench those inclinations as well. The book contains many graphic love scenes and is filled with the sexuality abundant at the time. Characters such as Achilles, Patroclus, Odysseus, Agamemnon, Hector, Priam and his sons, and their many victories, trials, tribulations and the prizes they sought, are described in vivid and believable detail. History may not have played out in the exact fashion written in the book, but it is believable enough to think that it could have happened that way. Of course, it could be that the book, like the story itself, is hiding a number of items in its belly, which would make it a horse of quite a different color.
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