Ransom by David Malouf

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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.


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About David Malouf

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David Malouf is the author of eleven novels, as well as bountiful collections of stories, poetry and opera libretti. He has won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Prix Femina Étranger and the Australia-Asia Literary Award; he has also been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in Australia.
 
Published January 5, 2010 by Vintage. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The Australian poet of absences and silences reimagines the terror and exhilaration of the Trojan War.

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Publishers Weekly

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Revisiting scenes from The Iliad and delving into the hearts of two ancient heroes, Malouf (Remembering Babylon ) evokes the f

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The New York Times

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David Malouf’s “Ransom” reimagines the tragic story at the heart of “The Iliad.”

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The New York Times

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A novel exploring the encounter from the “Iliad” between King Priam of Troy and his bitter enemy Achilles.

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The Guardian

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If Classic FM published fiction, then Ransom is the kind of novel that would surely result.

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The Washington Post

In "Ransom," the Australian novelist, short-story writer and poet David Malouf adds to this great tradition by re-imagining the circumstances leading up to the climactic scene of "The Iliad": King Priam's visit to Achilles to beg for the body of his son Hector.

Jan 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Ransom

The Independent

While Achilles is dragging Hector's body behind a burnished chariot drawn by fine horses, Priam, stripped of the symbols and comforts of kingship, sets out towards him on a wagon drawn by two mules: one aptly called Beauty and one, with "no special charm", called Shock.

Nov 13 2009 | Read Full Review of Ransom

The Bookbag

Malouf, like Atwood, takes some of the events and characters of the source, and creates new stories, filling in the personal thought processes and stories of Homer's characters in a thoroughly modern way.

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Dallas News

By BILL MARVEL / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Bill Marvel is a Dallas writer.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

It is impossible for us with our subjectivity to appreciate what it was like….It was one god who makes Achilles promise not to go into battle, another who urges him to go….In fact, the gods take the place of consciousness.” Some pages later he returns to this warrior: “Somehow we still wish to id...

Jan 23 2010 | Read Full Review of Ransom

Bookmarks Magazine

And while the Wall Street Journal critic felt that Somax, King Priam's cart driver, was a glib addition, others disagreed, calling him "a creation of genius, like one of those Shakespearean peasants full of good humor and even better sense" (Dallas Morning News).

Jan 03 2010 | Read Full Review of Ransom

Austin Chronicle

As homage, or perhaps as a literary high-five to Homer, Australian writer David Malouf reimagines in Ransom the final few books of The Iliad.

Jan 15 2010 | Read Full Review of Ransom

The Anniston Star

In the novel's most satisfying moments, Somax quite tenderly watches Priam become "a man remade" as they pass some time together before delivering the ransom in a cart drawn by two mules, one called Shock, the other called Beauty.

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