The Fall of Troy

The Fall of Troy

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
In The Fall of Troy, acclaimed novelist and historian Peter Ackroyd creates a fascinating narrative that follows an archaeologist's obsession with finding the ruins of Troy, depicting the blurred line between truth and deception.Obermann, an acclaimed German scholar, fervently believes that his discovery of the ancient ruins of Troy will prove that the heroes of theIliad, a work he has cherished all his life, actually existed. But Sophia, Obermann's young Greek wife, has her suspicions about his motivations — suspicions that only increase when she finds a cache of artifacts that her husband has hidden, and when a more skeptical archaeologist dies from a mysterious fever. With exquisite detail, Ackroyd again demonstrates his ability to evoke time and place, creating a brilliantly told story of heroes and scoundrels, human aspirations and follies, and the temptation to shape the truth to fit a passionately held belief.

Baker & Taylor
Working on a nineteenth-century excavation of the ancient ruins of Troy, Sophia, the young Greek wife of celebrated German archaeologist Heinrich Obermann, begins to become suspicious about her husband's secrecy about his past, especially when she finds a cache of artifacts that he had hidden away and a skeptical archaeologist visiting the site dies of a mysterious fever. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2008
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780307386496
Characteristics: 212 p. ; 21 cm


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gconte1 Aug 19, 2013

This book is absolutely terrible. I had to read it for school but if you don't have to read it then I strongly suggest that you don't. It has absolutely no action whatsoever and frankly puts me to sleep. I cannot express in words how bad this books is. It uses archaic words for no apparent reason (and yes, I mean archaic even for the setting) and I honestly have no idea how it got published. There were maybe two or three interesting portions, but each one was under four pages. It's basically a story of how a man messes with an excavation site because he is stubborn. There. I just saved you five+ hours of your life. Now go read a different (and better) book!

Jan 06, 2011

For the first two thirds of the book I found this really quite slow and a bit of a struggle to stick with (the only reason I was able to keep going was the fact that it was only a couple of hundred pages long and I felt that I would be giving up too easily if I couldn't finish a book that short). The last third of the book was quite a bit better and more interesting. I intend to read more of Peter Ackroyd's books so I hope that this book is not a sign of things to come or the best of them all.

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