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War Music: A Version of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer's Iliad (1997)

de Christopher Logue

Séries: Logue's Homer (Omnibus 1-3)

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This text contains the first three volumes of Christopher Logue's recomposition of Homer's Iliad - Kings, The Husbands and War Music.
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 Ancient History: Christopher Logue's War Music11 por ler / 11CarltonC, Novembro 2015

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Ditto review of the new edition; but good to see the earlier form. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
It turns out that there is, perhaps, such a thing as translation. Logue's control of English verse and deep understanding of Homeric structures, that is, how theme is expressed through form (repeating epithets, but not using the Greek epithets themselves; repeated scenes but not stock hexameters; theophanies that bring the Olympians to life; gore) produces a compelling "account", as he calls it, of parts of Homer's epic. He is ruthless like the blind bard, his iambs are almost silky, he lights up thousand-years-gone traditions with an incandescence that modern readers can see by.

I've long loved Richard Lattimore's translation (yes, yes Fagles and Hughes, too) but they seem to be more trans-scribers of the words, more like taking a picture of the text that ends up being developed in English. Logue, though, Logue finds the heart of Homer and shoves it into your chest. Truly an accomplishment. Onward to All Day Permanent Red and Cold Calls.

Plenty of people have quoted passages from the work, so I'll refrain. You must rush out to get your hands on a copy. Go! ( )
  MaryJeanPhillips | Jun 22, 2022 |
dazzling, the work of someone who takes what he wants from the very altar. And eats it. It's great. ( )
  AnnKlefstad | Feb 4, 2022 |
"Who says prayer does no good?*", but Buyer Beware.
Review of the Blackstone Publishing audiobook edition (Nov 2019) of the Faber & Faber hardcover "War Music: An Account of Homer's Iliad" (Nov 2015)

It is great to cheer for an audio edition of Christopher Logue's (23 November 1926 – 2 December 2011) magnum opus modernist version of The Iliad which brings the new poem back to the oral tradition of its inspiration. It is not so great that despite Audible's promo advertising, which states that it includes "previously unpublished material," the audiobook actually does not include the 2015's hardcover's Appendix "Great Men Falling a Long Way" which were the 30 pages of unpublished work that could be reconstructed after Logue's passing. Nor does it include the 4 page Editor's Note that explains the unpublished material. The poem as recorded ends with the final line of Pax, Logue's account of Book 19 of The Iliad:
Someone has left a spear stuck in the sand.

which is still a good valedictory image of forlorn desolation to end on.

So this audio edition of War Music includes the narrated versions of:
1. "Kings: An Account of Books 1 and 2 of Homer's Iliad" (2001)
2. "The Husbands: An Account of Books III and IV of Homer's Iliad" (2001)
3. "All Day Permanent Red: An Account of the First Battle Scenes of Homer's Iliad" (2003) (Books 5 and 6 of Homer)
4. "Cold Calls: War Music Continued" (2005) (Books 7 to 9 of Homer)
5. "War Music: An Account of Books 16** to 19 of Homer's Iliad" (1981)
and it is missing the fragments which, if completed, would have been the proposed volume 6 Great Men Falling a Long Way which theoretically would have filled in the missing gaps with Logue's versions of Homer's Books 10-15 and Books 20-24.

The performance by veteran narrator Simon Vance was excellent throughout.

* A line from All Day Permanent Red (2004).
** The 1981 edition collects earlier published smaller volumes such as "Patrocleia of Homer" (1963), GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm) and Pax. ( )
  alanteder | Nov 24, 2019 |
This is a must read for any Homer lover. This takes everything that is great about Homer and modernizes and recreates a musical, poetic work of art. It is not only a must read, it is a must re-read! Enjoy! ( )
  amylofgreen | Apr 1, 2015 |
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