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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
Giants Fall by Edward Eaton is a lusty, delightfully human, and refreshingly quirky romp through the Trojan War just prior to the battle between Paris and Achilles, arranged by the Trojans and the Greeks as a gambit to end the conflict. When a drunken Paris unexpectedly slays Achilles, the ancient Greek world is thrown into chaos as each of the key players scrambles to come to terms with the realities of day-to-day life in a world gone mad. Edward Eaton has crafted his darkly comic modern day epic in the familiar dramatic verse form popular since Homer’s era, giving the piece the feel of an undiscovered classical myth that has been unearthed and translated with impish glee by brilliant graduate students hell-bent on wreaking havoc with the establishment. The resulting fractured epic is poignant, revealing, and, at times, hilarious. Giants Fall is both a glorious send-up of and an insightful commentary on the ancient Greek mindset.
In the Troy of Giants Fall, each of your favorite characters from Iliad Land reveals his or her least heroic traits. Pity parties, penis size posturing, sexual braggadocio, homo-erotic tension, all of the Seven Deadly Sins, rage, revenge, cowardice, drunkenness, and spite are the order of the day, and no one is immune. Giants Fall by Edward Eaton has opened the vault and let some fresh air into the Trojan War, and has blown the dust away to reveal a cast of deeply flawed, refreshingly human characters with regrets and vices a great deal like our own. Giants Fall is a glorious departure from the musty, muscular epics which have for so long been sacrosanct in academic circles. The Trojan War is a whole lot more fun when the key players are real people, just like us. Edward Eaton has brought us a new kind of epic, tailor made for the modern age.