Helen of Troy / Margaret George.

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      GEORGE, M. Helen of Troy. [s.l.] : Viking, 2006. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 23 maio. 2019.
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      George M. Helen of Troy. Viking; 2006. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.203418. Accessed May 23, 2019.
    • APA:
      George, M. (2006). Helen of Troy. Viking. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.203418
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      George, Margaret. 2006. Helen of Troy. Viking. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.203418.
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      George, M. (2006) Helen of Troy. Viking. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.203418 (Accessed: 23 May 2019).
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      George, M 2006, Helen of Troy, Viking, viewed 23 May 2019, .
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      George, Margaret. Helen of Troy. Viking, 2006. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.203418.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      George, Margaret. Helen of Troy. Viking, 2006. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.203418.
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      George M. Helen of Troy [Internet]. Viking; 2006 [cited 2019 May 23]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.203418

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2006 June #1

When Helen of Sparta is seven years old, the sibyl at Delphi prophesies she will start a war in which many Greeks will die. King Tyndareus and Queen Leda, stricken with panic, keep their younger daughter in seclusion, discouraging rumors that Zeus is her real father. To marry her off quickly, they spread word that Helen is the most beautiful woman in the world. But because Helen fails to invoke Aphrodite when choosing a husband, her marriage to Menelaus of Mycenae is passionless. The fickle goddess finally hears Helen's pleas, yet Aphrodite's powers affect only Paris, a visiting Trojan prince, with whom Helen immediately falls in love. When the pair elopes one night to Paris' affluent homeland, it precipitates a war destined to last 20 years, one that Menelaus' restless and greedy brother, Agamemnon, has been itching to fight. Only George, reigning queen of the epic fictional biography, could render Helen's story with all the emotion, grandeur, and tragedy it deserves. Her characters are precisely crafted, and the lovely Helen, clear-eyed and intelligent, is a sympathetic narrator. Despite the novel's length, the pages practically turn themselves. An absorbing retelling of the classic Trojan War myth, and a sobering look at the utter futility of trying to change one's fate. ((Reviewed June 1 & 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2006 April #2

The story behind the face that launched a thousand ships, told from her perspective. From a noted biographer who has hopscotched from Mary Magdalene to Cleopatra to Henry VIII. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

LJ Reviews 2006 July #1

In her fifth novel, George (Mary, Called Magdalene ) does for Helen of Troy what she’s done for other women of greater legendary stature than historical basis, e.g., Mary Queen of Scots and Cleopatra. In explaining her approach to this book’s mythical context, George writes in her author’s note that there is no evidence of Helen’s existence at all; even the classical references are hotly debated. She does not change the time-honored story line in any significant way, but she does make some alterations, fleshing out or adding certain incidents for the sake of pacing and character development. Another recent treatment of Helen of Troy, also written in the first person and generally sympathetic as well, is Amanda Elyot’s Memoirs of Helen of Troy . The two are fine companions and are different enough to both be rewarding reads. Although each is romantic, George’s book is much more so, and her ending is decidedly upbeat for a story typically treated as tragedy. This will hit the book-club circuit with promised publicity and reading guides, so buy accordingly for your audience. For all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/06.]â€" Mary Kay Bird-Guilliams, Wichita P.L., KS

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LJ Reviews Newsletter

In Miller's account, Helen is only once discussed and never seen. Why she fled with Paris and brought ruin to the world is the topic of a brief conversation between Achilles and Patroclus but no more. Historical novelist George (The Memoirs of Cleopatra) lifts the veil on this subject and allows Helen all the glorious complexity that is her due. Her novel serves as a wonderful supplement for fans of Miller, providing a parallel story and a different view of events. The two also work well together as George shares Miller's gift for pacing, detail, and characterization. While their styles are different, they are equally dazzling as they bring the ancient world to life. Fans of Miller should enjoy learning more about the woman they encountered only as a veiled figure, the object of Odysseus's condescension, as well as the long and less-than-heroic aftermath of the war. For nonfiction fans, consider Bettany Hughes's Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore as well as Hughes's PBS documentary, Helen of Troy -"RA Crossroads" LJ Reviews 4/5/2012 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

PW Reviews 2006 June #1

George (Mary, Called Magdalene ) depicts with bravado, grace and eloquence the grand spectacle surrounding Helen of Troy. The author's research into Mycenaean culture, coupled with Trojan War mythology's larger-than-life heroes, enliven a bold story pulsing with romance and sacrifice, omens and battles. Helen's noble Spartan parents try to defy the fates when a seer foretells the tragedy Helen and her legendary beauty will cause, but, as the myth of Helen demonstrates, destiny cannot be altered. Helen's years of seclusion in Sparta lead to a frigid marriage to Menelaus before she connects with Paris, the Trojan prince with whom she forges an inextricable bond. Barely into her 20s, Helen escapes with Paris to Troy, but finds the Trojan royals welcome her with less than open arms. The mythic war, which, in less capable hands, might be over-romanticized, is portrayed with an enthusiasm that rings true to the period without verging on stagy--no small feat when dealing with such a sweeping conflict. George's extraordinary storytelling abilities shine in her portrayal of Helen as both a conflicted woman who abandoned her homeland and child for true love, and as a legendary figure whose beauty and personal choices had epic consequences. (On sale Aug. 7)

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