ISBN 9780307475244,Ransom

Ransom

Author:

David Malouf

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Vintage Books USA

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ISBN 9780307475244
Publisher

Vintage Books USA

ISBN-13

ISBN 9780307475244

ISBN-10 0307475247
Binding

Hard Back

Number of Pages 240 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

English literature: fiction texts

In his first novel in more than a decade, award-winning author David Malouf reimagines the pivotal narrative of Homer’sIliad 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.
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.


Praise for David Malouf and  Ransom 
 Impressive    That this tender novel lingers so long and hauntingly in the mind is a testament both to Malouf's poetry and to his reverence for the endless power of myth. 
    The New York Times Book Review 
 An eloquent and deeply moving tale of war, kingship, fatherhood, our common mortal lot, and   not incidentally   the enduring power of a good story    Every sentence sings. 
    Dallas Morning News 
 Subtle and extremely moving    Highly inventive     Ransom  is a rich meditation on literary genre    Embroidered with imaginative details that often reanimate familiar elements of the epic    Like Euripides, Malouf has scrutinized the vast fabric of Homer's story, looking for open spaces in the weave to insert his own design. 
    The New Yorker 
 Thrillingly profound    Malouf's prose feels timeless   lyric and direct in ways that recall the source material yet seem wholly contemporary. 
    San Francisco Chronicle 
 The 'matter of Troy' has provided the world with timeless examples of heroism, nobility, cleverness and tragic destiny. In  Ransom, Malouf adds to this great tradition     Ransom returns again and again to the fundamental human need for story and storytelling. 
    The Washington Post 
 Malouf is at once powerful and tender. 
    Los Angeles Times 
 A writer with great imaginative powers and a gift for acute psychological characterization. 
    Boston Globe 
 Malouf may fairly be called Australia's greatest novelist, and the reasons why are all here, in an economical package   the penetration of his mind into hearts and motivations; the limpid, lucid prose; the bracing immediacy of the story, the art of his artlessness. A simple tale, cobbled from a few lines of an ancient text, but Malouf brings Achilles and Priam and the wagon driver to turbulent life    A remarkable feat. 
    The Oregonian 
 Exquisite    Lovely and moving    Malouf doesn't exploit Homer's  Iliad ; he fully respects its majesty and at the same time fulfills his own deep need to link the distant past to the terrors of the present.  Ransom is a joy to read. 
    Providence Journal   Bulletin 
 Vivid    Priam's character [has] a warmth and immediacy that reflects Malouf's skill for animating historical figures. 
    The Wall Street Journal 
 Remarkable    Highly evocative    That [Malouf] is able to cut such an epic tale down to size (and in the process make it his own) is truly a testament to his gift as a novelist. 
    Sacramento Book Review 
 [A] lithe, graceful and deeply moving tale    These pages of  Ransom are nothing short of magical. Malouf's prose is delicate, marvellously alert to the natural world and endowed with a quality that has one name only: wisdom. 
    The Sydney Morning Herald 
 [Malouf is] a storyteller of achievement, for whom simple things gracefully become totems for deeper thought. 
    Philadelphia Inquirer 
 Lyrical, witty, gentle, this is above all a story of transformation    Immensely moving. 
    The Independent  (London) 
 Though Malouf's sparingly deployed details, vigorous language, and sly wit humanize these tragic heroes, the story is unmistakably epic and certainly the stuff of legend. 
 
    Publishers Weekly
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