The Luck of Troy (Puffin Classics)

by Roger Lancelyn Green

Paperback, 1997






Puffin (1997), Paperback, 208 pages


When Prince Paris of Troy kidnapped Helen and her baby son Nico, the furious Greeks fought for years against his seemingly invincible city. But as Nico reaches his teens, he decides to take a hand in the war himself -- by removing the ancient secret, Troy's "luck", from the temple. This legendary tale of heroism and friendship reaches new levels of excitement.


Original publication date


Physical description

208 p.; 5.25 x 0.5 inches


0140367632 / 9780140367638



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LibraryThing member riverwillow
I loved this story when I was a child and I am fairly certain that it was this book that set me off on my ongoing love affair with Homer and all things Greek. Sadly this book is out of print and it shouldn't be as it is a classic.
LibraryThing member Ludi_Ling
This was a favourite book of my childhood, and 20 years on still makes a good read. Green is an admirable expert in his field and brings all of his knowledge to the fore in this story. But what makes this story amazing is that it is not only accessible to the layman, but also to children and young
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adults. Green makes a convincing narrative from a young boy's point of view, charting his childhood and his journey being thrust unwillingly into adulthood. The politics of war, however far away they may be from a child's mind, were clear even to my own 10 year old mind when I first read this. The characterisations are fantastic and true to their mythological counterparts. Green's style is simple yet elegant.

I highly recommend this book to children and young adults interested in general in reading good fiction, and more specifically in Greek mythology. It is an old book now, but due to its subject matter is not outdated. It brings a whole new, intimate level to the legends of the past. I would even recommend it to adults as a good example of a quick, light, undemanding - yet rewarding - read.
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