By Margaret Laurence
The unconventional follows schoolteacher Rachel Cameron via a summer time affair and its results on her lifestyles. even if Rachel is in her 30's, the publication serves to record a moment youth as she involves realize herself because the grownup to her getting older mom.
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Was it concludcd that Homer did not write the rest of the cycle as well. , perhaps no more than tw o gen erations after the composition of the Odyssey. The sharpness of his critique thus testifies to both the enormous popular appeal of the poems anil the rapidity of their acccptancc. Bards and Heroes 29 disappeared, except for a few verses in anthologies or quota tions. Conceivably the bards who finally shaped the Iliad and Odyssey did so in writing. However, the diffusion of the two poems was oral.
It is even conceivable that the war was fought over a woman. ” 19 But a ten-year war, or a war of any smaller number of years, is out of the question. “Would that I were in the prime of youth and my might as steadfast as when a quarrel broke out between us and the Eleans over a cattle raid. . Exceedingly abun dant was then the booty wc drove out of the plain together, fifty herds of cattle, as many flocks of sheep, as many droves of swine, as many wide herds of goats, and a hundred and fifty bays, all mares.
Even if we were to accept the ancient explanation for the disappearance of the city, that it was so thoroughly demolished by the victors that “there is no certain trace of walls” 1N— which would involve us in new difficulties with Schliemann and his successors, who found traces of walls •— it is hard to discover a parallel for the mysterious failure of the people themselves to leave any traces. On the Greek side there is a high correlation between the important place names given in the Iliad and the centers of the so-called Mycenaean civilization rediscovered by modern archaeologists, although the poverty of the finds in Odysseus’ Ithaca is a notable exception.
A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence