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Il diario segreto di Elena di Troia

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,077 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
La principessa Elena, nata nel palazzo del re spartano Tindaro, è frutto del ventre di sua madre Leda e del divino Zeus. Condannata a crescere tra le voci che la dipingono come la figlia di una donna senza onore, Elena è costretta a scontare la malia del suo volto subendo l'odio implacabile della sorella Clitemnestra, il desiderio infido degli uomini di Sparta e la pericol ...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published 2007 by Newton Compton (first published October 4th 2005)
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I was pumped up for this novel, a chance to see the Trojan War from Helen’s point of view. What did she believe really happened? Was she abducted or did she go willingly? Was she happy being the most beautiful woman in the world or was that a curse for her? Did she love any of these men, and if so which one and why? What does one do when the gods themselves conspire against you? What I got was some implausible answers and a bit of a disappointment.

One of the difficulties of this
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit to originally being very interested in this book because of the idea that Helen of Troy would tell us the tale from her perspective. One very rarely sees the story of Troy's fall from Helen's perspective. Of course, Elyot took liberties as many fiction writers do but for the most part stuck to the story portrayed in The Illiad only from Helen's perspective.

As the book starts, Helen has decided to writer her memoirs for her daughter Hermione. It is clear that Hermione doesn't care for her
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story of Helen has been around at least since Homer wrote the "Iliad". There's a reason this story has persisted for thousands of years: it's juicy, and it's about all those big issues in life like war, hate, love, and beauty. It's also a required reading for some of us in one point of our lives. As we all know, Helen's beauty caused its fair share of problems in her day. Her beautiful face did cause a war after all. But is her beauty her fault? Can we blame an entire war on just one lovely ...more
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
One of the things that any seasoned lover of historical fiction knows is that the history of a tale holds just as much importance as the way the story itself is told. In Amanda Elyot’s book “The Memoirs of Helen of Troy”, we get an engaging tale right from the start. We also get a lot of history- some events we know about, and others are new to us. While this era of history is not my specialty, Elyot informs us of her research at the end, and lets us know that where there are questions on accura ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was not to my taste! Sometimes too melodramatic, sometimes saccharine and much too filled with sex scenes, badly written at that. It was too much of a departure from the Trojan War story for me. I think people would be much better off reading the original Iliad and Odyssey. Helen made herself the center of the world; self-absorbed and bragging how SHE influenced the main incidents of the war--e.g., only through her submitting to Achilles was Priam able to recover Hector's body; SHE in ...more
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Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an amazing take on the motives of the Trojan War from an almost feminist perspective. The author unravels the origins of the Olympian gods, Greek myths and legends and how the men sought to undermine and demoralize women in every aspect of Greek society from religion to politics to family life. It also was a story of how love is everchanging and always brings both pain and wisdom. It was an amazing, unforgettable read. I cried for Helen and every woman who fought before me who has ...more
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The first half can accurately be called memoir (even in the fictional sense). The second half is another thing entirely, made of extremely boring battle scenes and play-by-play narrated by Helen. I can get 100 percent more reading pleasure from reading The Iliad and The Odyssey.
Apr 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was this supposed to be ironic? A justification from a self-satisfied Helen of Troy, who bills herself as "pragmatic" while accepting herself as semi-divine and immortal, and who uses "fate" as an excuse to deny herself nothing, despite the consequences. Yuck.
May 29, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I had absolutely nothing else to read, this book would be fine. But I have other books on my stack, and their library due date is too quickly approaching, so I didn't even bother to finish this one.
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η ιστορία της ωραίας Ελένης μέσα από ένα άλλο πρίσμα, μέσα από τη δική της ματιά.
Jul 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book. It cost me more than a month of reading time!
Jun 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sucks. Might as well read Wikipedia or Cliff Notes.
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
OH....this book was infinitely A M A Z I N G. I loved, from beginning to end. I felt like I was there, inside the story, from beginning to end. Good good book.
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“After all is said and done, we are what people consider us to be.”

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I fell in love with Greek Mythology ever since my college professor of Classical Studies spent a semester comparing passages from The Iliad with parts of the Bible. You can imagine what something like that does to an impressionable young woman brought up in a Catholic household. It was so provocative, so irreverent, almost blasphemous… I was hooked! After that semester in college, I’ve been drawn to reading all the books relat
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An interesting topic that was somewhat well done? Some parts felt highly fleshed out and let you live it along with Helen, and others felt rushed. Like Ohwellwarisoverlet’sgohomeandpretenditneverhappened. You just spent over 10 years with Paris, and go back to Menelaus, the man you hated for so long, like it was nothing? Forget the deaths of not one, not two, but multiple children? Crying for five minutes and forgetting it doesn’t cover the death of a SINGLE child, let alone multiple children. ...more
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very similar to Margaret George's Helen of Troy, but didn't assume one knew the story ahead of time. Good for someone who didn't know the story before, because there were tons of explanations about Greek myths connected the Iliad, which were informative and fun for my inner classicist. When I read Margaret George's book, I wasn't all that familiar with the story, so I was somewhat confused.

The additions of the old earth mother religion being overtaken by the new Olympian religion made some sens
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a slut for mythology and was excited by the prospect of a retelling of the Trojan War from the POV of the infamous Helen of Troy. The story worked when it came to weaving together the multiple narratives into one coherent story and the prose flows well. But I couldn't fully embrace this book because everyone was so damn unlikable. The author clearly wanted the reader to love Helen but she was so vain and arrogant, I found it impossible to give a damn about her. (Seriously, she refers to hers ...more
Jean Marie
This would have been a better read had I read it before Margaret George's Helen of Troy. Elyot's version seems to be more a cliff notes version of George's version of events while lacking the ability to make the reader either admire Helen or connect with her on an emotional level in the way George was able to do.

Aside from its length and my automatic comparison to a similar novel, this was a very solid take on the infamous Helen. It's well written, moves at a good clip and the characters are we
Sue Myers
Historical fiction about Helen of Troy; I need to look up the historical account of her life. Before this book all I really knew was that she was "stolen" by Paris and taken to Troy and the quote, "the face that launched 1000 ships." A fairly entertaining read, although one always knows what is coming-the Trojan Horse. Helen had many children according to this book. I want to find out how she died since all through the book she described herself as a "demigod" and only Zeus who was her father co ...more
Sara G
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun retelling of the Iliad from Helen's POV. The book is written in the form of a memoir to explain Helen's life to her daughter, Hermione, who was left behind when Helen ran off with Paris. The author depicts her as a reasonably strong woman (for the times) and she essentially questions fate and the role of the gods in human life, as intelligent people would have likely done at the time. She's fully aware that the Trojan War was not about her and that she was just a scapegoat, so it ...more
Madonna Analla
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book! I enjoyed it so much because all the stories I've read about the Trojan war were from the perspective of the men who were fighting it and I never heard much about Helen and how she felt about the war or what happened from her view. This was that missing piece. It gave a great perspective on what happened leading up to that famous war. It told the very human stories of love and loss and situations that people get themselves into even today and how those situations wer ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trojan-war
While I was pleased that Elyot chose to take a different aspect with her novel (choosing to include Hermoine's existence and several other aspects of the myth that are often left out of pop culture) I was disappointed in the overall arc of the story. Helen was a less than sympathetic character. I feel as though this book, which spanned forty years, did not flesh out the character as well as could have been in a large piece of work and/or series/trilogy.
Jul 01, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were many parts of this that were so familiar, yet it was a new read. It is the story of Helen of Troy like I have never read before. I wasn't as find of the ending as I was of most of the story. It's not that I didn't like the ending, but rather it seemed as though the author was racing to finish. It lacked the same attention to detail as the first two-thirds of the book. All in all, it was a good story.
2008- Best book I've read about Troy in quite a while. Helen is portrayed much more sympathetically than in other books I've read. The only thing I disliked was it took a while for the action to start and the ending was a bit dragged out. And a family tree would have greatly helped me keep the character's relationships straight!
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Besides learning about Helen of Troy years ago in school, this was the first book I've ever read about her. The way that it was written made you relate to Helen and made her seem reachable. You will understand more of the woman behind the name than just see her as the cause of the famous Trojan War.
Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always thought Helen of Troy's life would be boring (who cares about a vain beauty queen and the idiot men who warred over her - talk about giving women a bad rap), but Amanda Elyot surprised me. I really enjoyed the twists Elyot put on the story, the politics, and believe it or not - a happy ending (now that took some doing!)
Aug 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: helen-of-troy
the sex scenes in this were so bad they made me scream. out loud. (in the house of MY MOTHER, who ran down the stairs and asked if i was okay, at which point i had to explain the whole "strawberry-tipped nipples" debacle, thanks NONE mandy elyot)
Tony L
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was give the book by a good friend, who also is a reader, whose opinion, I admire, so I was pleased to receive it, I found it easy to get into, and then I slowly found it, getting better, and better, and by the time I finished it , I was well into it, so a good read, ,
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