Category Archives: development of the novel

High Fidelity

Whilst reading Victor Hugo’s highly acclaimed 1862 novel Les Miserables, it occurred to me that it was not very much like the film version I had seen starring Russel Crowe, Ann Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. There was much about the … Continue reading

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Achilles in The Iliad

This is a second post on The Iliad by Homer, focusing on the central character, Achilles. In the world as it was described by Homer, Greek men took their position in society from the concepts of honour and shame. These … Continue reading

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The Iliad – Homer

I am reading the Penguin Classic edition translated by E.V. Rieu and revised by Peter Jones, first published in 2003. References in the style (n.nn) are to (book.page) number. The story of The Iliad is set in the tenth year … Continue reading

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The Epic of Gilgamesh

This is the first in a series tracing the development of the modern novel. The Epic of Gilgamesh is, perhaps, the oldest surviving example of literature. It is, as its name suggests, an epic story of a man named Gilgamesh … Continue reading

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