Blood. Guts. Pride. Rage.
The ancient clash of armies outside the walls of Troy is a cornerstone of Western literature. In The Rage of Achilles, Terence Hawkins brilliantly reimagines that titanic encounter. His stunningly original telling captures the brutality of the battlefield, the glory and the gore, in language that never relents. Raw and compelling, The Rage of Achilles tells the story of Achilles, a monstrous hero, by turns vain and selfish, cruel and noble; of Paris, weak and consumed by lust for his stolen bride; of Agamemnon, driven nearly to insanity by the voices of the gods; and of Trojans and Achaeans, warriors and peasants, caught up in the conflict, their families torn apart by a decade-long war. The Rage of Achilles is an exhilarating story that has captured the imaginations of readers for thousands of years restored to immediacy.
"[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' 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"
-----In Chicago Center for Literature and Photography's Year's Best Experimental and Cutting-Edge
"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"
Not for the faint of heart, 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. --The Historical Novel Review, 11/2/2009
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