By Leon Golden
In one among his past books, Understanding the Iliad, Golden illuminated the relevance of The Iliad for contemporary readers. The Bryn Mawr Classical Review praised Understanding the Iliad since it, “achieves what it units out to complete: to supply an interpretation of the Iliad that emphasizes its didactic features, its skill to enhance its readers through offering the spectacle of the evolution of a wrong warrior ate up by way of damaging anger to a sound hero who transcends his narcissism and grandiosity and reaches out to others and via doing so heals his personal aching soul within the process.”
Golden, employing correspondence and private touch with Joseph Heller, himself, argues convincingly in Achilles and Yossarian that Homer’s The Iliad exerted a profound impact over Heller as he wrote his sleek vintage, Catch-22. A Kirkus overview acclaims Achilles and Yossarian in those phrases: “Golden combines striking erudition with a pointy serious eye and a lucid prose variety that laymen will locate obtainable and fascinating. the result's an unique and persuasive paintings of literary scholarship that reveals even more than mere battle tales in those classics.”
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