Book Beginnings: War Music by Christopher Logue

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The weekly post goes up every Thursday and bloggers can add their links all week.

My current book is War Music: An Account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homers Iliad by the poet Christopher Logue. This is a reread. I first read this book in 2017.

I did not realize last time I read this that besides this volume (which I have checked out from the library) that there are two more books, All Day Permanent Red and Cold Calls. There is also a collected edition.

From the introduction:
Since Logue does not call his work a translation of Homer but an account of him, some think he is just offering his own Trojan story, as Chaucer and Shakespeare did in their poems. But Logue is striving to reach the essence of Homer, the things most easily jettisoned if one is inventing a contemporary entertainment…

Logue has all of Simone Weil’s disgust for war. But Weil could not admit the fierce joy in battle, which means that much of Homer was a closed book to her. Logue sees injustice and valor, reality and transcendence, all dancing warily about one another. In Homer’s world, the familiar and the strange look at each other in mutual incomprehension and respect.

The first sentence:
Picture the east Aegean sea by night,
And on a beach aslant its shimmering
Upwards of 50,000 men
Asleep like spoons beside their lethal Fleet.

Published by Beth @ Beth's Bookish Thoughts

This blog is for my thoughts on reading. A couple of my friends on GoodReads have blogs, so eventually I decided to start one myself. I hope to get involved in the book blogging community and become a better reader and writer! I am not accepting copies of new books for review, but I would be interested in new editions or new translations of classic authors. Find me on Upwork (as an editor) in the profile link. From September 2018 to October 2020 I blogged at Blogger.

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