Reviews for Iliad

Library Journal Reviews 2012 September #1
Mitchell, who has translated seminal books from many different cultures, turns his attention to the Greek epic. Although the story is abridged in places, Mitchell's poetry is evocative and modern, making the text accessible to new listeners. He introduces the production over the course of several discs, and while clearly passionate about his subject, he is not a polished speaker. However, when Alfred Molina begins narrating the actual translation, listeners will be enthralled. Molina has a remarkable sense of timing and voices the characters with great authority and verve. He is forceful and ironic and beautifully conveys the tragedy of this classic tale of the Trojan War. VERDICT There are enough modern translations of Homer's work to meet a variety of tastes, but this recording probably should be in every library. ["This version joins that of Fagles for readers who want a good reading version of The Iliad," read the review of the Free Press hc, LJ 1/12.--Ed.]--B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara P.L., Goleta Branch, CA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.