Sep 13, 09
Read in September, 2009
I have mixed feelings about this book. A novelized version of Schliemann and the excavation of Troy and more centrally of his young wife Sophia much of the background is true but essential elements of the plot are not. Since Ackroyd doesn't even call his character Schliemann but Obermann it is hard to argue that it should remain true to fact. Maybe it should be viewed as an alternate story that might have been. Well-written except that the character of Obermann was so egotistical and obnoxious it was a bit painful and felt no sorrow when he got his just desserts.