The Ameriad: The Untold Founding of America By the Survivors of Troy by Duane Gundrum
“The effect was reminiscent of classic comedy dialogue such as Monty Python and in some instances Mel Brooks.” –an early review
An hilarious, gripping epic told in the style that reminds us of what might happen if Monty Python ever emerged with the comedy of Douglas Adams, aside from difficulties involving feeding and figuring out which family to go home to after work every day….
The Greeks has their Iliad and Odyssey, the Romans had their Aeneid, and the British had their Britannia and those continuously changing King Arthur stories, starring wannabe Shakespearean actors slumming it until something better came along. But America got nothing. Until now. Finally, an epic has emerged, from the lost annals of time (whatever that means…just go with it…it sounds scholarly), that tells the true story of America’s foundation.
The Ameriad tells the story of the Trojan warrior Amereaus, who has been chosen by the gods to found a new land somewhere across the Great Sea (capitalized because it’s that great a sea). Running away from his domineering wife Democrita, Amereaus travails the many forgotten lands of yesterday to battle new gods and new evils (because the old ones were boring), leading to a new land previously occupied by other people until Amereaus kicks them out. For the glory of a new land that will one day be called Amereausland (placeholder until a better name comes along).
So join Amereaus, his much smarter assistant Lyddius, and a cast of many others (because it’s a novel and just having two characters would have been really boring), including a translator of the epic who really should have never quit his day job but just so happened to be in the right place at the right time to become the greatest translator of all time (Editor’s Note: Please do not let this guy write any more of his own back copy!).
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“A light read, does not disappoint”
Five Star Review on Amazon By C.N. Faust
Being a shameless fan of classic civilizations as well as Greek Mythology in general, I found “The Ameriad” to be a delight. The parallels to mythology are cleverly drawn and the structure itself pays homage to the traditional Greek epic. (It even opens with an invocation to the Muses!) Some of the humor is a bit ham-fisted for me. Some areas are too obviously “meant” to be funny. On the whole I found “The Ameriad” to be a nice, light read and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of mythology.
I received a free copy of this book and was in no way obligated to give a positive review.
About the Author
Possibly the greatest translator to ever live, Duane Gundrum can speak 35 words of at least two different languages fluently. When sober, he can walk a straight line and not fall down once. Well, once, but he still thinks he was tripped. Always fascinated by the Greek Trojans, he wonders why they couldn’t have gone with a different name instead of stealing USC’s mascot for their own. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but don’t tell anyone. You know that whole restraining order thing….
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