Ransom by David Malouf – Book Review

This is a retelling of part of the Iliad – the tale of King Priam who wants to get the body of his son Hector back from his killer, Achilles. Achilles, wild with grief for his lover, Patroclus who was killed by Hector, refuses to hand the body over, and Priam’s decides that he will dress as a peasant and deliver his fortune to Achilles in the hope of getting his son back.

I really struggled with the start of this book having a lot of issues with the names and the way the story was put together. But I persisted, and I’m so glad I did. I particularly liked the way the relationship between Priam and the cart driver, Somax, and the way each gets a glimpse into the other’s class.