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Ilium

By Lea Carpenter

8.5/10
(8.5/10)

220 pages

What’s it about?

The unnamed narrator is 21-years-old and alone when she meets Marcus at a party.  He is thirty years her senior but they begin a relationship that will lead her into his world.  She is deemed to be the perfect person to help in a covert operation.  Will she go along?

What did it make me think about?

War. “War endures by design.  The history of war is a history of romance and mission, of malice slapping the wrist of good intent.  The history of war is a history of action, reaction, repeats.  War is tragedy, and tragedy, Aristotle knew, is a game of subtraction, a game of loss.”

Should I read it?

I really enjoyed this slim novel.  It is less of a page-turner than most spy novels, but the characters more than make up for it.  It reminded me a little of one of my favorites this year- Absolution by Alice McDermott.  Both novels were very thought provoking.

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“Annabel’s gift was that she knew people who knew people. Annabel was at ease in the ‘real’ world of office visits to McKinsey or Goldman Sachs, places where people still wore suits and had casual pretensions of ‘legitimate’ power.”

What’s it about?

The unnamed narrator is 21-years-old and alone when she meets Marcus at a party.  He is thirty years her senior but they begin a relationship that will lead her into his world.  She is deemed to be the perfect person to help in a covert operation.  Will she go along?

What did it make me think about?

War. “War endures by design.  The history of war is a history of romance and mission, of malice slapping the wrist of good intent.  The history of war is a history of action, reaction, repeats.  War is tragedy, and tragedy, Aristotle knew, is a game of subtraction, a game of loss.”

Should I read it?

I really enjoyed this slim novel.  It is less of a page-turner than most spy novels, but the characters more than make up for it.  It reminded me a little of one of my favorites this year- Absolution by Alice McDermott.  Both novels were very thought provoking.

Quote-

“Annabel’s gift was that she knew people who knew people. Annabel was at ease in the ‘real’ world of office visits to McKinsey or Goldman Sachs, places where people still wore suits and had casual pretensions of ‘legitimate’ power.”

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