After ten years the Trojan War is at a deadlock. Both sides are exhausted, and Odysseus, cleverest of men, wants more than anything to return to Ithaka and his wife and son and orange grove. He aches for home, but not without a certain fear that he will return a stranger to the son he hasn’t seen in ten years. When Agamemnon, King of the Greeks, asks Odysseus to devise a scheme to settle the conflict once and for all, Odysseus comes up with the idea of the great horse. No Trojan, he thinks, can resist a magnificent horse. Yet many think the idea mad. The comic and iconoclastic Odysseus will have more than his ingenuity tested before he can set sail for home. This deeply imagined and exquisitely written novel details the last days of the Trojan War. Told from Odysseus’ perspective, it fleshes out the myth and mystery of one of the greatest stories in the Western canon.
“A recent resurgence of popular interest in The Iliad, Homer’s epic poem about the Trojan War, has led many writers to try their hand at retelling some portion of the story. Buday may not be the first, but he is definitely one of the best.”—Historical Novel Society
A “brilliant reimagining of the Iliad.”—Globe and Mail
“The genius of Dragonflies—local writer Grant Buday’s take on the Trojan Horse—is that Buday imbues Homer’s epic with an essential humanity usually lacking in the strictest adaptations.”—Jim Oaten, Sub Terrain