- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (25 January 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307475247
- ISBN-13: 978-0307475244
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 227 g
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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 (starred review)
About the Author
David Malouf--winner of the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Prix Femina Étranger and the Los Angeles Times Book Award--is the author of, among other works, Remembering Babylon, An Imaginary Life and The Conversations at Curlow Creek. He lives in Australia.
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Peccato manchi l'ebook!!
Beautifully written, the story supports what James Campbell describes as the Power Of Myth. The characters in the novel are larger than life figures but with human characteristics. So in that sense the novel is about all of us even in the 21st Century at least 3000 years after the Trojan War.
It's a story about loss and grief, fathers and sons, youth and old age, love and duty. It's relived in some way, every day, everywhere.
It's about brotherly love, living in the moment, understanding your mortality and joy. It's also very sad, describing ultimate and devastating loss.
Piam as King is remote from everyday life. His guide Samos brings him back to earth. Piam decides however to do something himself beyond the role and life the Gods and his position has designated for him. This something is to retrieve his son’s body. Achilles also is trapped in a situation where his love for Patroclus has driven him. The ransom provides a way out for both of them. Both will die soon but al least they had lived. It raises the question of how far we are free to choose the path that our lives take. Both Achilles and Piam are creating stories about themselves that will allow themselves to live on in the minds of men. Piam know he will die soon and his fate will be for his naked body to be dragged into the streets where dogs will tear him apart. Rather than his death being the story he has created a better story of his life. These issues we all can ponder upon.
The Gods or fate or chance, whatever you call it, can affect the world but they don’t change human nature.
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.