The Iliad
Book cover
Author(s): Gareth Hinds
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN/ISSN: 9780763681135
Review

This modern graphic novel retelling of Homer's epic immediately draws in readers with its artistry and readability. The story begins as Apollo inflicts a plague on the Achaeans due to the actions of Agamemnon, who wronged a priest of Apollo named Chryses, and so the Trojan War begins. The battle scenes are graphic, brutal, and clearly illustrated throughout. The scenes portray the brutality of war and leave readers wondering if the men are fighting to win or simply for their own pride. This feeling comes through with the countless names of the slain contrasted with scenes of subtle, deep relationships between warriors and their families. All the while the gods take sides just to mix things up. Hind's interpretation of The Iliad makes this poem highly accessible. A prologue provides a brief summary of the poem to provide background understanding, including the note that this is not a complete translation of the original work but rather a series of highlights. The detailed charts of Achaeans, Trojans, and gods in the first few pages gives readers a chance to acquaint themselves with the characters. These characters are further highlighted graphically, with the initial letter of each captain's name depicted on their breastplate and shield to help readers identify them throughout the book. End pages include an author's note that explains the backstory of what happens next, why the original epic poem is still read today, and provides readers with additional thought-provoking ideas. The book also includes maps and page-by-page notes which give readers additional details regarding the characters, events, and places. This is a well-done adaptation of an important, thought-provoking poem.

Reviewer: Peg Billing
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 6-12
Review Date: May 1, 2019
Product Description
In a companion volume to his award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey, the incomparable graphic novelist Gareth Hinds masterfully adapts Homer's classic wartime epic.

More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer's legendary account of this nine-year ordeal, is considered the greatest war story of all time and one of the most important works of Western literature. In this stunning graphic novel adaptation — a thoroughly researched and artfully rendered masterwork — renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds captures all the grim glory of Homer's epic. Dynamic illustrations take readers directly to the plains of Troy, into the battle itself, and lay bare the complex emotions of the men, women, and gods whose struggles fueled the war and determined its outcome. This companion volume to Hinds's award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey features notes, maps, a cast of characters, and other tools to help readers understand all the action and drama of Homer's epic.
Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: HC
# Pages: 272
Price: $27.99
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Action & Adventure
Entry ID: 2199023

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