Thursday, September 19, 2013

Iliad, a contemporary war story

About a quarter way through listening to Stanley Lombardo read his own translation of Homer's Iliad. In our present war culture, no story sounds more relevant, more powerful, more moving. If we learned from literature lessons that changed behavior, war would have disappeared centuries ago. But we haven't. At one point Helen says war is tragic so poets can write about it afterwards. So it is. But this is the mother of all war stories and Lombardo has given this classic a fresh, modern vitality that makes it more powerful than ever.

I'm doing a book a day and this moment has become precious, as spiritually important as church can be for some. I cannot overstate my admiration for this audiobook.

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