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 points, its skill to enhance its readers by way of offering the spectacle of the evolution of a wrong warrior ate up by way of harmful anger to a valid hero who transcends his narcissism and grandiosity and reaches out to others and by means of doing so heals his personal aching soul within the process.”
Golden, utilising correspondence and private touch with Joseph Heller, himself, argues convincingly in Achilles and Yossarian that Homer’s The Iliad exerted a profound impression over Heller as he wrote his glossy vintage, Catch-22. A Kirkus evaluation acclaims Achilles and Yossarian in those phrases: “Golden combines extraordinary erudition with a pointy severe eye and a lucid prose kind that laymen will locate available and interesting. the result's an unique and persuasive paintings of literary scholarship that unearths even more than mere conflict tales in those classics.”
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