The Iliad
The Iliad

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Annotation: Retells, in graphic novel format, Homer's epic tale of the war between Greece and the city of Troy, focusing on Achilles' quarrel with Agamemnon.
Catalog Number: #175014
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 246 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-9663-3 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-3747-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-9663-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-3747-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018961357
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Hinds presents a faithful adaptation of Homer's Iliad as the latest addition to his series of graphic novel adaptations of classics. Chronicling the events that took place in the tenth year of the Trojan War, the conflict fought between the Achaeans and the Trojans, Hinds' adaptation sincerely portrays the melancholy nature of war, including its effect on those involved, and includes plenty of detail about the battles between the rival armies. There are copious characters, including heroes, rulers, gods, and goddesses, most of whom can be difficult to keep track of, despite Hinds' best efforts to differentiate them with unique helmets and shields. (The front matter includes a key to the main characters and their individual armor.) The text is dense and rich in imagery, with the occasional footnote added for clarity. Hinds' illustrations are realistically detailed, though moreso in the characters than the setting, giving the book as a whole an atmospheric feel. Fans of mythology will enjoy this book, of course, but fans of epic fantasy will favor it, as well.
Horn Book
Hinds (The Odyssey) offers another ambitious and compelling comics adaptation of a Homerian epic. In the tenth year of the Trojan War, Greek leaders Achilles and King Agamemnon seek to conquer Troy while Zeus and other gods and goddesses prove to be fickle and meddlesome war agents. Arresting pencil, watercolor, and digital illustrations propel readers, shifting from neat panels during peacetime to angular layouts during physical and emotional strife. Bib.
Word Count: 24,025
Reading Level: 5.9
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.9 / points: 4.0 / quiz: 506572 / grade: Middle Grades+
Lexile: GN910L

Teacher's Guide: Iliad Teacher's Guide

In a companion volume to his award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey, the incomparable graphic novelist Gareth Hinds masterfully adapts Homer’s classic wartime epic.

More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer's legendary account of this nine-year ordeal, is considered the greatest war story of all time and one of the most important works of Western literature. In this stunning graphic novel adaptation — a thoroughly researched and artfully rendered masterwork — renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds captures all the grim glory of Homer's epic. Dynamic illustrations take readers directly to the plains of Troy, into the battle itself, and lay bare the complex emotions of the men, women, and gods whose struggles fueled the war and determined its outcome. This companion volume to Hinds’s award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey features notes, maps, a cast of characters, and other tools to help readers understand all the action and drama of Homer's epic.

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