Reviews for Iliad


AudioFile Reviews 2012 January
Whatever one thinks of Mitchell's new--and controversial--translation of Homer's epic poem of love and war, it begs to be read aloud. Listeners may choose not to wade through the lengthy introduction, read by Mitchell himself, which contains lots of helpful background information about ancient Greek society but unnecessary recitation of long swaths of the poetry. Those who do will be rewarded by Alfred Molina's rich tones and robust narrative style when the original poetry begins in Book One with "The rage of Achilles--sing it now, goddess, sing through me." Impeccable pacing and subtle inflections, along with plenty of vocal punch for the battle scenes and confrontational dialogue, make the sometimes coarse vernacular feel appropriate to what Mitchell calls the "spirit of the text." Let's hope we get to hear Molina finish the story for us in THE ODYSSEY. S.G. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine

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Library Journal Reviews 2012 September #1
Mitchell, who has translated seminal books from many different cultures, turns his attention to the Greek epic. Although the story is abridged in places, Mitchell's poetry is evocative and modern, making the text accessible to new listeners. He introduces the production over the course of several discs, and while clearly passionate about his subject, he is not a polished speaker. However, when Alfred Molina begins narrating the actual translation, listeners will be enthralled. Molina has a remarkable sense of timing and voices the characters with great authority and verve. He is forceful and ironic and beautifully conveys the tragedy of this classic tale of the Trojan War. VERDICT There are enough modern translations of Homer's work to meet a variety of tastes, but this recording probably should be in every library. ["This version joins that of Fagles for readers who want a good reading version of The Iliad," read the review of the Free Press hc, LJ 1/12.--Ed.]--B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara P.L., Goleta Branch, CA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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