Dateline: Troy

by Paul Fleischman, Gwen Frankfeldt, and Glenn Morrow

Thirty-three sound bite passages rework The Iliad while opposite pages contain... read more

Thirty-three sound bite passages rework The Iliad while opposite pages contain collages composed of newspaper fragments. The clippings report 20th century warfare, murders, terrorist acts, celebrity scandals, human rights abuses, corruption, sexism, abandonment--and more. Detailed photo credits document the graphics. Fleischman runs a risk by demonstrating his remarkable versatility as a writer in this particular manner. Neither classics enthusiasts nor Homer himself would appreciate this truncated retelling. Fleischman contends that previous listeners and readers of The Iliad have found "real human nature" in it. He reminds readers of Dateline: Troy that "Envy-maddened Ajax, lovestruck Paris, crafty Odysseus, and all the others...live among us today. Though their tale comes from the distant Bronze Age, it's as current as this morning's headlines. The Trojan War is still being fought. Simply open a newspaper." Simply open this book. (Ages 10-16)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1996

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