The Fall of Troy
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
This is the tale of Heinrich Obermann (a fictionalized version of Heinrich Schliemann, the actual archaeologist who discovered the ruins of Troy in eastern Turkey). When the story begins, the wildly enthusiastic Obermann has just procured himself a bright, young wife from a prominent Greek family. Instead o...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
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
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
Obermann has his mission, an overbearing, all-consuming obsession that drives him...more
Also, I think the title should b...more
Obermann is based on Schliemann. Quirky, however I wasn't that keen on any of the characters.
1* The Lambs of London
3* The Fall of Troy
3* The House of Dr Dee
2* The Plato Papers
4* Wilkie Collins
Found this one browsing the "A" section of adult fiction in the library.
Lots of references to mythology, Homer, etc. so fun in that sense. The last 50 pages or so are totally worth the investment of the first 150 - had no idea where it was going to go!
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
At just past 200 pages, this was an extremely short, enjoyable read.
Beautiful language, wonderful scenery and details. If you are going to read this, read it for the last forty pages or so! It's amazing.
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