The Fall of Troy
The Fall of Troy
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307386496, 212pp.
Publication Date: November 11, 2008
“Engaging, disturbing, intellectually complex.” —The New York Times Book Review“Engaging . . . sly, witty. . . . [A] novel that meditates on literature and idealism and the uses and misuses of both.” —Los Angeles Times“This is Ackroyd’s most exuberant novel for years…”—Daily Mail“Provoking, unsettling, ingenious—and a delight to read.”—Barry Unsworth, The Guardian“Written in clipped, precise, instantly recognizable prose, The Fall of Troy is a novel about opposites—of truth and deception, fact and fiction, history and romance, love and loyalty.…But however you read The Fall of Troy—as a love story and mystery told in Homeric style, or as a deeper meditation on the relationship between reality and imagination—Ackroyd the novelist re-emerges triumphantly from the mud of his excavations.”—The Times“The Fall of Troy is a clever variation on the story of the excavation of the city in the 1850s.…There is another layer, however, to this tale of fakes, falsehood and deception. For Ackroyd is playing throughout his novel with the status of his own narrative as a work of fiction…there are unsettling surprises as the story dances between pure Ackroyd and the fantasies of Schliemann, and a treacherous middle-ground in between.…Peter Ackroyd’s invention trumps even Schliemann’s mendacity.”—Times Literary Supplement“[Ackroyd’s] evocation of the landscape, the weather and the conditions of the Hissarlik dig are brilliant, and his minor characters…are deftly brought to life. Above all, he manages to suggest, in a book which is less slight than it may appear, that men who meddle with the gods do so at their peril.”—Sunday Telegraph“Ingenious…briskly told and vividly realized tale…a gripping novel.”—Daily Express