Reviews starting with the most recent
‘Short Story: The Curse of Troy by Luciana Cavallaro Carrie Slager The Mad Reviewer plus on Amazon, Goodreads and Smashwords
‘Helen’s story, from the woman herself; enjoyable short’ by Scott Whitmore on Amazon and Goodreads & interview with author Luciana Cavallaro by Scott Whitmore
Review by Choc Chilli on Smashwords
‘A good historical read’ by Elleran1969 on Amazon
‘Really enjoyed this’ by Anne on Amazon
The Curse of Troy
Anne Marie Webster, Author Just Deserts and Jack the Lad and other stories
Helen tells her story from a historical point of view. When she grants the interview to the historian/story teller the events in Troy are already far away in the distance.
Helen’s recounting of events sets the record straight on the subject of Helen’s involvement with Paris and the consequent loss of lives and property, an accusation that has clung to Helen’s name throughout mythology. Although the false myth creates a fantastically believable love story, according to Helen’s recounting there was very little truth in the tale; and that is just what it was: a fairytale to titillate audiences.
Told retrospectively to a charmed, enamoured young man, even now after all this time Helen’s charm still works, it is a sober tale of a beautiful woman wronged. From a feminist point of view male hubris is at the foundation of Helen’s troubles and all the women in her time. Her bitterness over her father’s use of Zeus’ name to aggrandise the name and reputation of his family; the rape by Theseus and consequent robbing of freedom; the usurping of her power by her brother-in-law Agamemnon, the weak character of her husband Menelaus. All these factors explain why Helen’s life-story had to be warped by the men in her life, since it is the story of a victim and not a brutal femme fatale.
The author has told a story worthy of a full novel with a well-accomplished suspension of suspense. It leaves the reader wishing for more.
(You can find Anne Marie’s work on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords)