Sharing a good High School booktalk from Kent Maikranz.
Geras, A. (2001). Troy. New York, NY: Harcourt, Inc..
you ever heard the saying, "There are two sides to every story"? This
has not been true for the classical, historical story of the Trojan War
until now. In Troy, a historical fiction novel by Adele Geras,
we are told of the infamous 10 year long battle and siege of the
city-state of Troy by the Greeks. The difference, we see the story from
the perspective of two sisters, Marpessa and Xanthe, from inside the
walls of the legendary stronghold. Instead of hearing about heroes and
super-human feats, we see the bitter side of war. Marpessa is the
personal attendant for the underlying cause of the war, Helen, and
Xanthe is a nurse in the Blood Room where wounded Trojan soldiers from
battle are given care. As with the Illiad, this rendition
covers the final days of the war. You have heard the Greek's side of the
story, now read the account from the Trojan's point of view. Then you
can decide for yourself who the true heroes were.