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Andrew Lang (1844-1912) was a prolific Scots man of letters, a poet, novelist, literary critic and contributor to anthropology. He now is best known as the collector of folk and fairy tales. As a journalist, poet, critic and historian, he soon made a reputation as one of the ablest and most versatile writers of the day. Lang was one of the founders of the study of "Psychic ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1882)
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Sam
Apr 19, 2011 Sam rated it liked it
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This is a retelling of the Greek myth of Helen of Troy and her abduction by Paris, which lead to the Trojan War. Lang has created a vivid and emotive version of this well known tale that brings the characters and era to life through the words themselves and the rhythm and speed of the poem itself, as it ebbs and flows depending on the scene described. An enjoyable version of this epic tale which shows Helen to be a stronger character than some have portrayed her.
Caitlin
Aug 10, 2012 Caitlin rated it really liked it
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Lang shares the lyrical tale of the beautiful Helen. Paris is introduced early on in the text, and he is painted in a much more flattering light here than in the works of Homer. The ultimate blame was thrust upon the goddess Aphrodite, as many do strange things while under one of her spells. Easy read but it helps to have a the context.
Mollie
Aug 17, 2011 Mollie rated it it was ok
It was nice to see another adaption of this tale but I kept missing plot points that I knew from previous exposure to the story behind Helen. Still an ok read but nothing mind-blowing.
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Andrew Gabriel Lang was a prolific Scots man of letters. He was a poet, novelist, and literary critic, and a contributor to anthropology. He now is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales.

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