In his first book, Terence Hawkins imagines an Iliad that really happened. Informed by the brutal realities of Bronze Age warfare and Julian Jaynes' theory of the bicameral mind--now a basis for HBO's Westworld--the novel depicts real men and women struggling in the end of a decade-long war, their gods dwindling into hallucinations and half-heard commands as the modern consciousness is suddenly and painfully born. Emily Hauser, author of For the Most Beautiful, said: "Terence Hawkins' 'The Rage of Achilles' . . . is Greek myth red in tooth and claw. Visceral and to-the-point, it grabs you and doesn't let go." Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Leftovers, called it "a rare thing--a genuinely fresh take on a classic text."
"[Hawkins] provides much new insight on the tale . . . and turns something ancient into a new read, worthy of a second viewing. "The Rage of Achilles" is a fine spin on Homer's classical tale, a highly recommended read." -- Midwest Book Review
"Hawkins' novel explores war with all its smells, terrors, and blood. It is the kind of heart-pumping, edge-of-your-seat book that readers long for and diligently seek." "History and Women," November 2009
"Hawkins' tale moves with the force of a cyclone. . . . It will be impossible not to be entertained and moved by this rendering of the age old story." --Historical Novels Review, February 2011
"This fascinating novel has a really simple concept at its core -- The Iliad as rewritten by Quentin Tarantino"
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"The Rage of Achilles" is that rare thing--a genuinely fresh take on a classic text. Terence Hawkins' modern retelling of "The Iliad" has the paradoxical, invigorating effect of making Homer's epic feel oddly familiar, and of highlighting its deep strangeness at the same time. --Tom Perrotta, author of "Little Children"
In this masterful account by Terence Hawkins, the Trojan War is infused with all the immediacy of a current event. --Richard Selzer, author of "The Doctor Stories"
With prose at once elegant and terse, Hawkins helps us taste the bloody fields of Troy, the sea on which those one thousand Achaeans sailed, and the bitter tinge of what it is to be divine and human alike. The fresh breath of modernity used to propagate this account earns "The Rage of Achilles" a seat next to "The Iliad" as both companion and commentary. --Andrew Bowen, Prick of the Spindle, 2009