By Leon Golden
In one in every of his past books, Understanding the Iliad, Golden illuminated the relevance of The Iliad for contemporary readers. The Bryn Mawr Classical Review praised Understanding the Iliad since it, “achieves what it units out to complete: to supply an interpretation of the Iliad that emphasizes its didactic points, its skill to enhance its readers via offering the spectacle of the evolution of a fallacious warrior fed on by means of damaging anger to a sound hero who transcends his narcissism and grandiosity and reaches out to others and through doing so heals his personal aching soul within the process.”
Golden, utilizing correspondence and private touch with Joseph Heller, himself, argues convincingly in Achilles and Yossarian that Homer’s The Iliad exerted a profound impression over Heller as he wrote his sleek vintage, Catch-22. A Kirkus overview acclaims Achilles and Yossarian in those phrases: “Golden combines notable erudition with a pointy severe eye and a lucid prose sort that laymen will locate available and interesting. the result's an unique and persuasive paintings of literary scholarship that unearths even more than mere battle tales in those classics.”
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