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Ficulties of this book for me was that Elyot couldn t seem to make up her own mind about how Helen felt or what was happening She wavered between describing the gods as something created in the image of a man and something all powerful that directed the lives of men Imaginary or real You have to decide they are one or the other and you definitely have to make your main character believe or disbelieve Helen seems to believe when it is convenient OK I know some modern Day Christians I Could Christians I could that about but it matters if you are billing this character as the illegitimate daughter of ZeusThere is the same ambivalence about Helen s feelings for her husband Menelaus He is given almost a split personality which veers to too evil in his evil moments and inexplicable in his softer ones It is no easy task to take a well known personage such as Helen of Troy and Make Them Seem New While At The Same Time Being them seem new while at the same time being with the history I have seen it done but Elyot misses the mark for meFinally Helen is seen to adore her children but also to desert them almost thoughtlessly You really cannot have both Her reasons for her actions were almost always explained with sex but sex only explains some of the urges in life and those are generally fleeting I like to think that a mother s love might trump her desires If her desires are her driving force then she must be painted as a negligible mother You can t have everything both ways In short this book that should have everything love hate war ealousy immortality and history has nothing I will stick with Homer and Virgil This novel was not to my taste Sometimes too melodramatic sometimes saccharine and much too filled with sex scenes badly written at that It was too much of a departure from the Trojan War story for me I think people would be much better off reading the original Iliad and Odyssey Helen made herself the center of the world self absorbed and bragging how SHE influenced the main incidents of the war eg only through her submitting to Achilles was Priam able to recover Hector s body SHE influenced the Achilles heel incidentOnly for those who are interested in all retellings of Helen s story no matter how far fetched If I had absolutely nothing else to read this book would be fine But I have other books on my stack and their library due date is The story Of Helen Has Been Around At Least Helen has been around at least Homer wrote the Iliad Her beauty caused its fair share of problems in her day Her beautiful face did cause a war after all But is her beauty her fault Can we blame an entire war on Neimhaim (Neimhaim, just one lovely face Have mythology history art and literature really been fair to her I wanted a retelling that will make Helen real and to an extent relatable I admit it s my fault for expecting too much from The Memoirs of Helen of Troy I might have enjoyed Amanda Elyot s novel if she had scrapped the trappings of historical accuracy andust played it to the steamy romance she was pretending not to write I felt like it s trying to be smart but inconsistencies inaccuracies and anachronisms abound in this book I ll spare you the details it s easier to count the few things right than to enumerate the multitude of mistakes I actually wouldn t have minded at all if Helen is a compelling character but this version would never have inspired even a fist fight let alone a warHere Helen is a conceited airhead who tells you how beautiful she is about once every three pages in case you forget When she isn t trumpeting her charms she s wallowing in self pity Everyone is ealous of her her family is mean to her the Trojan women don t like her cry me a river In spite of the feminist trappings she has no life of her own. Idnapped by Theseus king of Athens in a gambit to replenish his kingdomâs coffers she was relieved to get away from the place where she had been so unhappyHelen fell in love with the much older Theseus and to his surprise he returned the feelings But soon Helen was forced to return to Sparta and was hastily married off to the tepid Menelaus for the sake of an advantageous political alliance After years of marriage the spirited passionate Helen was not the do.

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I admit to originally being very interested in this book because of the idea that Helen of Troy would tell us the tale from her perspective One very rarely sees the story of Troy s fall from Helen s perspective Of course Elyot took liberties as many fiction writers do but for the most part stuck to the story portrayed in
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Illiad only from s perspectiveAs the book starts Helen has decided to writer her memoirs for her daughter Hermione It is clear that Hermione doesn t care for her mother because of her abandonment of her husband Menelaus and her children which includes Hermione when she fled to Troy with Paris Helen then proceeds to tell us what life was like as a child with a sister like Clytemnestra who according to Helen was ealous and vicious towards herWe also learn of Clytemnestra s first marriage and then her fate of becoming Agamemnon s wife after HE KILLS HER HUSBAND AND CHILDREN IT CONTINUES TO kills her husband and children It continues to a tragic story up until the end when a much lighter spin is put on the relationship between Menelaus and HelenI have always been interested in The Odyssey and The Illiad and other tellings of mythology so this was a book I felt sure I would take too However I felt that Elyot s telling of Helen s tale at times boring In getting detail semi accurate she often described things that were less important to the story than the actual events being portrayed While normally this would be praise I felt all details of the surrounding area wasn t always necessary as at times it had been told to us priorI ve also never had great sympathy for Paris and despite Helen s seeming love for Paris Elyot made it evident that Paris wasn t nearly the man his brother Hector was all the while portraying him as slightly stronger than I think the Paris of mythology is supposed to beOverall the story wasn t bad but I wouldn t say it was the best tale The most interesting aspect is that Helen is wouldn t say it was the best tale The most interesting aspect is that Helen is to be the one portraying the story and even through her time with Paris it is evident in this story that her true love was Theseus Of course this seems to be a liberty taken on Elyot s part though admittedly one of the enjoyable aspects of the storyIf you re truly a fan of mythological tails this might be a good one to add to your reading material but I doubt it if for the light reader As Linda Lael Miller said this book is luminously intelligent beautifully written a delightful blend of magic and mythos This book has ensnared me the moment i began with the prologue Seriously this book is good Cool classic englishD It can capture the attention of teenager like me and adults with a love for myths and legends a little action and a mighty lot of love for romance This book encompasses al my favourite features a book can have For me i like books that are set in fictitious worldstho this one s not fakejustwellnot here in the present world with a little romance sprinkled in If you re like me you ll love this phenomenon of a book To me Was this supposed to be ironic A ustification from a self satisfied Helen of Troy who bills herself as pragmatic while accepting herself as semi divine and immortal and who uses fate as an excuse to deny herself nothing despite the conseuences Yuck 25 rounded downI was pumped up for this novel a chance to see the Trojan War from Helen s point of view What did she believe really happened Was she abducted or did she go willingly Was she happy being the most beautiful woman in the world or was that a curse for her Did she love any of these men and if so which one and why What does one do when the gods themselves conspire against you What I got was some implausible answers and a bit of a disappointmentOne of the dif. Historyâs Greatest BeautyTells the Story of Her LifeGossips began whispering about Princess Helen from the moment of her birth A daughter of the royal house of Sparta she was not the progeny of King Tyndareus they murmured but of Zeus king of the gods Her mother ueen Leda a powerful priestess was branded an adulteress with tragic conseuences As Helen grew to adulthood her beauty was so breathtaking it overshadowed that of every woman in Sparta When she was The Memoirs of Helen of TroyAnd is totally passive and dependent on men for all her although the men are interchangeable to Her many children are only names and she seems unaware of them Elyot has actually shaped the events of her character s life so that everything really is all about her view spoiler She is the mother of Iphigenia the poignant moment between Hector and his son happened because of her while his wife is cast in the sideline she ransoms Hector she is the one who learns about Achilles vulnerability and reveals it to Paris she is one of the people who signal the Greek fleet on Troy s last night she s ust all around amazing I want to strangle her hide spoiler One of the things that any seasoned lover of historical fiction knows is that the history of a tale holds ust as much importance as the way the story itself is told In Amanda Elyot s book The Memoirs of Helen of Troy we get an engaging tale right from the start We also get a lot of history some events we know about and others are new to us While this era of history is not my specialty Elyot informs us of her research at the end and lets us know that where there are uestions on accuracy she went with the most widely accepted version of events This adds a perspective to the end of the book so that we can also decide to read into the history ourselves although a source list isnot providedThe story is told in first person by Helen of Troy they are the memoirs of her life written to her daughter Hermione who she was never close to While the tale is superficially about the great loves of Helen s life and her great beauty that many believed even started a war it is at its heart a uestion of whether our actions are pre destined or if we have free will and choice Was Helen destined to act as she did leaving her children and arranged marriage tofollow her heart or was as her lover Paris Alexandros claimed she destined to fall in love with himIn fact destiny was central to this time period people in ancient times believed in multiple gods and Zeus was the supreme god ruling from Mount Olympus There were seers and prophesies and Helen even alludes to the politics this can bring about by saying some prophesies could even be purchased Indeed her knowledge of politics surpasses that of most women of the time having been schooled by Theseus and she sticks to her assertion that while she is claimed to be the most beautiful woman in the world wars are most certainly not waged over a lone woman there is always an ulterior motiveBy the end of the novel we come to know Helen of Troy and Elyot s ideas for the motivations behind her actions I would have liked to see of Helen s interaction with her children and love for them since at the end it s a lesson meant for Hermione Nevertheless it is an interesting tale of love and hate and revenge and held me captive much as Helen was until the end This book was an amazing take on the motives of the Trojan War from an almost feminist perspective The author unravels the origins of the Olympian gods Greek myths and legends and how the men sought to undermine and demoralize women in every aspect of Greek society from religion to politics to family life It also was a story of how love is everchanging and always brings both pain and wisdom It was an amazing unforgettable read I cried for Helen And Every Woman Who every woman who before me who has fought for the rights I enjoy so carefreely today The first half can accurately be called memoir even in the fictional sense The second half is another thing entirely made of extremely boring battle scenes and play by play narrated by Helen I can get 100 percent reading pleasure from reading The Iliad and The Odyssey. Cile wife King Menelaus desired and when she fell in love with another manâParis Alexandros the prodigal son of King Priam of TroyâHelen unwittingly set the stage for the ultimate conflict a war that would destroy nearly all she held dearIn this lush compelling novel of passion and loss Helen of Troy a true survivor tells the truth about her life her lovers and the Trojan War This is the memoir that she has writtenâher legendary beauty still undimmed by ag.

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