The Fall Of Troy
But Obermann's past turns out to be full of skeletons and when a young American arrives to question the archeologist's methods and dies of a my ...more
Truth informed solely by belief…
Mythology as foundation for worldview…
DAMN...this is crazy, unique, and beautiful story.
19th century archaeology may frame this novel, and the ruins of the ancient city of Troy may color it, but those elements don’t begin to describe this book. This work is a sonnet honoring headstrong, unrestrained human passion and the seductive obsession of personal truth over objective facts. That, plus a lush, lyrical stroll through the pages ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It felt like flying, may be because I practically read it in the course of two medium-length flights.
As there are many good reviews of this book, I will not extend myself too much.
Ackroyd is a master teller. He polishes the fascination that his amateur archeologist Heinrich Obermann (a.k.a. Henrich Schliemann) feels for anything Homeric to a degree of brilliance that it naturally reflects back from Obermann himself. Those people living around him, or visi ...more
The purs ...more
The story itself is more suspense and quiet threat than action, really. The dialogue is odd, rather stiff, because Peter Ackroyd seems to make a pretty good attempt at repr ...more
This really should have been a good read for me as, superficially at least, the book ticked a lot of boxes for me:
Fictional retelling of real historical figures? Check.
Interesting premise? Check.
Historical setting? Check.
My problem(s)? I hated the characters (and yes I know Obermann is suppossed to be a ...more
Not very impressed by The Fall Of Troy. The central character of Heinrich Obermann is the only one who is fleshed out and he is a very unlikeable selfish fantasist, bent on completely destroying a valuable archaeological site in his desperation to make the site fit the demands of his imagination. All the supporting characters are two-dimensional and poorly created so it is difficult to understand their actions an ...more
Heinrich Schliemann discovered Troy, that much I knew. I had always assumed him to be some dusty nineteenth-century German professor, treading in the footsteps of the illustrious Goethe. But no. As I now see from Wikipedia, he was a wealthy amateur, opportunist, and rogue. He was German born, yes, but worked mostly in Russia and America, where he became an American citizen; he was a polylinguist, speaking fourteen languages at the time of his death. He made his first million, pos ...more
Obermann has his mission, an overbearing, all-consuming obsession that drives him ...more
The prolific Brit Peter Ackroyd has built his reputation on eclectic, wide-ranging projects that include a dozen novels (such as The Lambs of London, HHHH Sept/Oct 2006) and biographies of Shakespeare, William Blake, Chaucer, and the city of London, among others. The Fall of Troy is a meditation on the siren song of history and a compact, disarming (if ultimately dark) character sketch that explores the limits of belief. The author displays his wit and polymathic interests here, though he cuts t...more
Also, I think the title should b ...more
Ackroyd's version of Schliemann, called Heinrich Obermann, is both a force of nature and an irascible fraud, utterly determined to make his name whatever he finds in his excavations, ready to fabricate artifa ...more
The characte ...more
Brilliant dialog and characterizations by writer Peter Ackroyd flesh out Heinrich Obermann, a fictionalized Homer Scholar and celebrated German archaeologist archeologist of Troy and his new bride, Sofia. This is a fun and light summer read. The audiobook is narrated by ...more
Ackroyd's one of my favorite writers. In this book he draws heavily on the rather melodramatic writing style of the era he writes about. Some of the tropes reminded me of the Bronte sisters' works. Lots of history, mystery and ...more
Peter Ackroyd's mother worked in the personnel department of an engineering firm, his father having left the family home when Ackroyd was a baby. He was reading newspapers by the age of 5 and, at 9, wrote a play about Guy Fawkes. Reputedly, he first realized he was gay at the age ...more