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A new modern reprint of a 1950 classic by Homer.


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A new modern reprint of a 1950 classic by Homer.

30 review for The Illiad

  1. 4 out of 5

    Huwseph

    gay as fuck

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Yeah, like it's very easy to see how this is one of the cornerstones of Western literature. The thing fuckin slaps, it's just a slog to read. I also found it funny? Which I was surprised by. I didn't expect to be as invested as I was reading this and actually I learned a lot more from it than I was expecting too. Did I enjoy reading 200 plus pages of quite gory war imagery? No. Did I enjoy reading about how the Gods were consistently fucking about and causing chaos left, right and centre? Yes. I Yeah, like it's very easy to see how this is one of the cornerstones of Western literature. The thing fuckin slaps, it's just a slog to read. I also found it funny? Which I was surprised by. I didn't expect to be as invested as I was reading this and actually I learned a lot more from it than I was expecting too. Did I enjoy reading 200 plus pages of quite gory war imagery? No. Did I enjoy reading about how the Gods were consistently fucking about and causing chaos left, right and centre? Yes. I also liked the humanness of the Illiad, which is kind of weird for a text that is so obviously old and so obviously plays with tropes such as immortality and magic and Gods. When characters died, they were truly grieved and death, though they often seemed to charge right at it, wasn't taken lightly or easily. It was a slog at points but it also truly slaps.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deshaun

    The Iliad is an ancient Greek classic about the war between Greek city states and the city of Troy. The story begins with myths of the Greek gods starting the war over a golden apple. Three Goddesses all want the apple and they decide to let a mortal named Hector decide who gets the apple. Aphrodite promises him Helen of Troy if he picks her and he agrees. Helen was a princess of a different kingdom though and when she disappeared to troy it sparked the start of the Trojan war. The war introduce The Iliad is an ancient Greek classic about the war between Greek city states and the city of Troy. The story begins with myths of the Greek gods starting the war over a golden apple. Three Goddesses all want the apple and they decide to let a mortal named Hector decide who gets the apple. Aphrodite promises him Helen of Troy if he picks her and he agrees. Helen was a princess of a different kingdom though and when she disappeared to troy it sparked the start of the Trojan war. The war introduced many characters including Odysseus, Agamemnon, Achilles, Paris and a lot of other soldiers and gods. The war ends with the Trojan defeat after the Greeks famously come up with the idea to feign retreat and leave a giant wooden horse, secretly filled with Greek soldiers as an offering. Once the horse was inside the city the soldiers opened the gates and destroyed Troy. I enjoyed this classic because it was mainly just a series a different fights as each side tried to defeat each other. I enjoyed how the book incorporated the myths of Greek gods into this tale about a real war. It blended the culture of ancient Greece with the history of the area. Achilles and Odysseus were my favorite characters because the Iliad is set up as prequel for Odysseus' main story, the Odyssey. I enjoyed Achilles because he was set up as this divine fighter that could win the war for the Greeks but was brought down human emotions such as grief and hate.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Havalah Peirce

    Oof... This book was a chore. It might be one of the longest and most difficult pieces I've ever read. >.< But hey, what's college for if not forcing you to read books you'll never read otherwise-- and at super speed? XD I'm glad to be able to say I've read The Iliad, but I probably won't be reading it again. Oof... This book was a chore. It might be one of the longest and most difficult pieces I've ever read. >.< But hey, what's college for if not forcing you to read books you'll never read otherwise-- and at super speed? XD I'm glad to be able to say I've read The Iliad, but I probably won't be reading it again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    Very gay but brought me to tears. God that was the most boring book I have ever read. Could have been shorter. Like a solid 100 pages shorter.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shem Doupé

    More unique kills than final destination.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Meng

    3.5 / 5. Overall, I enjoyed the Illiad, a centuries-old epic that weaves salient themes of pride and fate into a story that was pretty exciting to read. I did find certain sections a bit boring to read through due to as excess of repetitive battle scenes and long dialogues, but that was to be expected given the context of the story and the poetic nature of the book. I particularly enjoyed the build up to Achilles' entrance into the war; Although the build up seemed to last almost the whole book, 3.5 / 5. Overall, I enjoyed the Illiad, a centuries-old epic that weaves salient themes of pride and fate into a story that was pretty exciting to read. I did find certain sections a bit boring to read through due to as excess of repetitive battle scenes and long dialogues, but that was to be expected given the context of the story and the poetic nature of the book. I particularly enjoyed the build up to Achilles' entrance into the war; Although the build up seemed to last almost the whole book, it was definitely worth reading through because Achilles is extremely overpowered and merciless to begin with, so the events culminating to his much awaited entrance made his rage and actions much more meaningful and understandable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    Amazing book. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ant

    I was really impressed by the story telling and overall quality of this. I was quite surprised by the gore in the detail of war (although I'm not sure why that would surprise me).I enjoyed the book and learned a little from looking up some of the things that seemed strange to me, for example, the early use of epithets as a writing device. I also found it an interesting from an anthropoligical point of view - the nature of war, pride and bereavement are all studied quite closely. I'm very much loo I was really impressed by the story telling and overall quality of this. I was quite surprised by the gore in the detail of war (although I'm not sure why that would surprise me).I enjoyed the book and learned a little from looking up some of the things that seemed strange to me, for example, the early use of epithets as a writing device. I also found it an interesting from an anthropoligical point of view - the nature of war, pride and bereavement are all studied quite closely. I'm very much looking forward to The Odyssey which I'll be reading shortly. The Illiad only gets 3 stars due to the amount of the story taken up by bit part players to little end other than to record the dead, which is less releavant today than it would have been at the time of writing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tamsyn

    The story was good, but there was too much time spent with things like 'this guy you never heard of killed this guy you won't recognize who was the son of this insignificant guy who killed that guy over there, ect, ect, ect.' The story was good, but there was too much time spent with things like 'this guy you never heard of killed this guy you won't recognize who was the son of this insignificant guy who killed that guy over there, ect, ect, ect.'

  11. 4 out of 5

    Teenenator

    This book is the epitome of toxic masculinity and lack of control of emotions. I am curious what traits people found of Achilles that made him a hero to be modeled after. I think this is an interesting study in history and perhaps in war mentality. And all over a woman.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eric Casey

    Fucking cool as fuck

  13. 5 out of 5

    Madeline Perrault

    I could say the same thing about the Odyssey about this. It is compelling, the mythology is incredible, and everyone should read this once.

  14. 5 out of 5

    William Rumball

    Generally considered the first 'classic', the Illiad excels in drama, characters and themes. Usually subtitled 'the rage of Achilles', Homer uses the setting of the Trojan War to demonstrate the folly of wrath and the greatness of glory. A point for those unfamiliar with the Illiad in particular, this book does not detail crucial Trojan War events such as the kidnap of Helen, the death of Achilles or the fall of Troy, although they are mentioned. Instead focusing on Achilles actions and reaction Generally considered the first 'classic', the Illiad excels in drama, characters and themes. Usually subtitled 'the rage of Achilles', Homer uses the setting of the Trojan War to demonstrate the folly of wrath and the greatness of glory. A point for those unfamiliar with the Illiad in particular, this book does not detail crucial Trojan War events such as the kidnap of Helen, the death of Achilles or the fall of Troy, although they are mentioned. Instead focusing on Achilles actions and reactions to loss in the fighting. Considering the Illiad posses' such thematic unity as opposed to a disjointed mess that a presentation of the entire Trojan war usually shows, it is disappointing that there has never been a faithful adaptation (or at least any noticeable one). One thing you may notice is the incredibly high amount of action (as in significantly higher than most modern action blockbusters). This is unsurprising given that the Illiad is meant to be listened to as dramatic poetry but does make certain parts quite difficult as you spend great periods of time where little happens plot-wise. With this in mind, I would recommend reading this aloud (if you want to go there, do it in a dramatic fashion), as it encapsulates the style of writing much more effectively than silence. Despite a large focus on action, Homer also succeeds in complexity and uniqueness in characterisation with the relentlessly virtuous Hector (which in itself sets up a greater tragedy than Homer's successors ever could), to the detestably effeminate Paris, and of course the complexity of Achilles character (and our reaction to him) is sufficient enough to drive the narrative: his anger and arrogance is dis-likeable but somewhat merited by his military brilliance and concern for his great friends like Patroclus which effectively culminates in a bettersweet ending which matches the overall tone of the Illiad (seeking the good in a fallen world). Overall for being a first of literature, the Illiad genuinely merits a title of great, being both edifying and enjoyable.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Reece McAra

    The Illiad gives an in-depth mystical memoir of the early occurrence of the Trojan war with a complex array of significant beings in Greek Mythology. However, do not be misguided, this is not as much of a tale of mystic wonder and fantasy, it's a detailed account of fictional war and strategy. In my opinion, wherever that holds any significance, this isn't a book for the fiction and fantasy philes. It's a bulky tome with more names to memorise than A Game of Thrones and a detailed catalogue of s The Illiad gives an in-depth mystical memoir of the early occurrence of the Trojan war with a complex array of significant beings in Greek Mythology. However, do not be misguided, this is not as much of a tale of mystic wonder and fantasy, it's a detailed account of fictional war and strategy. In my opinion, wherever that holds any significance, this isn't a book for the fiction and fantasy philes. It's a bulky tome with more names to memorise than A Game of Thrones and a detailed catalogue of several events. Not that, that's a bad thing! I just didn't quite feel as invested as I would have liked to be. It's a hard book to wrap your head around, but I'm very glad I picked it up and gave it a shot. I know when to state that a book is out of my comprehension but in saying so cannot deny the cultural impact this tale has made on the world we see today.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brian Pan

    One of the worst reads if I am to be honest. I repeat - DO NOT READ THIS FOR PLOT. The story itself is very basic and could be summarized quickly. I picked up this book for the main reason of learning about Homer's characters, as he is oft referenced in Plato's works. The book is simply a collection of fight scenes, interspersed with divine intervention and soldiers who can't get along. Homer however does a splendid job assigning detail to gore and depictions of violence. Definitely enjoyable for One of the worst reads if I am to be honest. I repeat - DO NOT READ THIS FOR PLOT. The story itself is very basic and could be summarized quickly. I picked up this book for the main reason of learning about Homer's characters, as he is oft referenced in Plato's works. The book is simply a collection of fight scenes, interspersed with divine intervention and soldiers who can't get along. Homer however does a splendid job assigning detail to gore and depictions of violence. Definitely enjoyable for the mere pleasure of visuals if you are of that nature. However, the only saving grace of this book is that it serves a backdrop to many characters if you were to read the Odyssey, Aeneid, or any other works the references Greek heroes. --- P.S. Book above is not the version or translation that I read. However, the contents are still more or less the same.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    It's Percy Jackson but with more blood and gore. You know those movies with epic but violent battle scenes? The ones where the battlefield is soaked in blood and the camera moves from one fight to another showing a slice here and a stab there and death everywhere. Half the book feels like watching the battle scenes from those movies. Percy Jackson is what first got me into Greek mythology and I'm still a huge fan. While reading the Iliad, I was caught off guard by how much Rick Riordan took from It's Percy Jackson but with more blood and gore. You know those movies with epic but violent battle scenes? The ones where the battlefield is soaked in blood and the camera moves from one fight to another showing a slice here and a stab there and death everywhere. Half the book feels like watching the battle scenes from those movies. Percy Jackson is what first got me into Greek mythology and I'm still a huge fan. While reading the Iliad, I was caught off guard by how much Rick Riordan took from Homer's stories of the gods and heroes. Concept of mist--stolen. Major plot points--stolen. Gods are powerful fools--stolen. It was insanely cool to recognize the original inspiration behind the Percy Jackson books. And while I would take Percy's POV any day over the Iliad, it's still a worthwhile classic.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Avalokita Bhatta

    The Iliad is enjoyable, it has some beautiful speeches here and there and heartwarming scenes and the Gods are really funny. I suppose it's a bit repetitive, like Homer has to tell you the name of like every guy fighting and when someone dies, he adds extra gore to spice it up a little and then goes on to give them a backstory to enhance the pain, like "his poor dad will never see him again", "he was taken too young" or "his wife and child will forever wait for his return". Overall it was great. The Iliad is enjoyable, it has some beautiful speeches here and there and heartwarming scenes and the Gods are really funny. I suppose it's a bit repetitive, like Homer has to tell you the name of like every guy fighting and when someone dies, he adds extra gore to spice it up a little and then goes on to give them a backstory to enhance the pain, like "his poor dad will never see him again", "he was taken too young" or "his wife and child will forever wait for his return". Overall it was great.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ly Nguyen

    SImilar to the Odyssey, and as a part of the well-known Greek mythology, the Illiad by Homer left an impression on me for the story line, and how Homer built up the protagonists with their characters. The work showcased the heroism in the Ancient Greece with cleverness and wit. With an attractive story line, the Illiad is worth considering a hallmark in Ancient Greek mythology along with the Odyssey. With the Illiad, Homer proved himself a notable author in the Classic literature.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maisha Afia

    As a mythology lover I have to say it's amazing. People are telling about the length of the book but reality is the ancient epic like Illiad, Odyssey, Mahabharata etc all contain pages after pages description of war and I find it's common for many old mythology. As a mythology lover I have to say it's amazing. People are telling about the length of the book but reality is the ancient epic like Illiad, Odyssey, Mahabharata etc all contain pages after pages description of war and I find it's common for many old mythology.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    It's a book which will grow on you as you keep reading it. I found the descriptions of who people were very boring but i think as you keep reading it it calms down a lot in this regard, this, i believe, is because different authors wrote the Illiad. It's a book which will grow on you as you keep reading it. I found the descriptions of who people were very boring but i think as you keep reading it it calms down a lot in this regard, this, i believe, is because different authors wrote the Illiad.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.” ― Homer, The Iliad “Beauty! Terrible Beauty! A deathless Goddess-- so she strikes our eyes!” ― Homer, The Iliad

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed the narrative and it was obviously well written, the names however were hard to keep up with due to sheer amount. I also loved the portrayal of Achilles mourning Patroclus and their whole story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessee

    Intricate storyline with masses of characters interacting on the awe inspiring backdrop of Ancient Greece

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Knipprath

    classic

  26. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I'm annoyed cause this is not the translation I read. The one I read by Rouse made me cry though, and it slapped I'm annoyed cause this is not the translation I read. The one I read by Rouse made me cry though, and it slapped

  27. 5 out of 5

    Blake Cohen

    lowkey sucks ass. all men at this times r j weird pervs and the point of this war was just the gods being mad at eachother.

  28. 4 out of 5

    a

    these niggas dumb as hell

  29. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    for a classic story codified literally thousands of years ago, the Illiad is surprisingly funny and engaging

  30. 5 out of 5

    Blake

    It was a bit dull in parts, but I was interested in the story and I still really liked it in the end.

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