Ransom by David Malouf
Achilles is maddened by grief at the death of his friend Patroclus. From the walls of Troy, King Priam watches as the body of his son, Hector, is dragged behind Achilles' chariot. There must be a way, King Priam thinks, of reclaiming Hector's body, of pitting compromise against heroics, of forcing the hand of fate . . . In Ransom, war and heroics, hubris and humanity, chance and fate, the bonds between soldiers, fathers and sons, are all newly burnished and brilliantly recast for our times.
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