The Mask of Atreus (New York: Berkley-Penguin Group, 2006) is the first novel by A. J. Hartley, the British-born Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (“Bio“). I was interested in how he tied together the Trojan War, World War II, the Soviet Union, and modern-day Georgia. However, I did find the novel rather long and somewhat tedious in places. However, I much appreciated his list of “Source Material” (389-90), and I was delighted to learn that my initial suspicions of one of the characters turned out to be accurate. I’ll read his next novel and hope the plot it tighter.
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