The Angry Man and the Weaver

Reviewed by: Tony Espinoza

One of the first pieces of a person’s identity that they gain upon their birth is often times their name. It has been asked, “What is in a name?” Yet names have a power and gift that many often take for granted. As Zig Ziglar once said, “I believe it’s important that we use names of endearment that reflect a special feeling for the individual involved.”

In the novel The Angry Man and the Weaver by authors Alexander Mescavage and Eunice Taylor Beauchman, the authors explore an age of brutality of the gods themselves, and an epic tale of two people and their ultimate destinies. Following Odysseus and Penelope, aka Angry Man and the Weaver, the narrative takes place within the age of conflict between Sparta and Troy. With the threat of war looming, the story follows these two protagonists and their journey to one another as each share how they were picked by the gods themselves, their path together and how they eventually found themselves separated by war spurned on by the gods.

This is a fantastic fusion of history, mythology and fantasy. The story did an excellent job of feeling like a modern day prequel of Homers The Odyssey, capturing Odysseus and Penelope’s history together before the start of the Trojan War. What really was fascinating was getting to see the amount of history and research the authors put into this narrative; especially the fact that many of these historical and mythological figures would have held multiple names and titles during the Bronze Age, thus how we get Angry Man and Weaver from the two protagonists. The writing style felt very much like a classic “Epic” would have been written like in that era, and made this a truly engaging read.

This is the perfect read for those who enjoy history, mythology, and especially anything that has to do with the Bronze Age and Greek mythology overall. As a major fan of this historical period and the mythology associated with it, it was refreshing to see a story within this world that felt authentic and real to the original texts that have become so popularized in our modern era.

Authors Alexander Mescavage and Eunice Taylor Beauchman’s The Angry Man and the Weaver is a marvelous, lengthy yet absolutely entertaining read. The reader is instantly transported into this ancient period of time where the way of the warrior ruled all, and the life of a hero and warrior was closely associated with the gods and their will.

Official Review: The Angry Man and the Weaver

[Following is an official review of "The Angry Man and the Weaver" by Alexander Mescavage and Eunice Beauchman.]

4 out of 4 stars

The Angry Man and the Weaver is a historical fiction by Alexander Mescavage and Eunice Beauchman. It was told in alternating narrations of Odysseus and Penelope. This novel has spun an exciting and engaging tale of their destiny, love, and adventure.

Odysseus had a rough life as a child. Unable to feel anything, his parents worried about him. It seemed that he was always angry, and this earned him the name, “The Angry Man”. Fortunately, the Gods heard the constant prayers of his mother, the Queen. With the help the Wise Goddess, he was able to change little by little. From an emotionless child, he grew up to be a fine warrior with a very sharp and cunning mind. His intelligence and wit earned him aliases such as “Fox” and “Talks Like Snowflakes”. One day, he was summoned to The Land of the Palace. Those summoned would compete for the hand of Helen “Sunshine” of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world. He knew a lowly king of a little island would be unfit to marry a spoiled princess. However, he still graced the invitation as a sign of respect. Little did he know that on the same festivity, he will meet her destined partner in life, a woman named “Weaver”.

I commend Mescavage and Beauchman”s’ingenuity for creating such a compelling novel. The modern portrayal of the characters made it enjoyable to read. Moreover, the characters were more multi-dimensional and relatable.  Readers could grasp the reason behind the characters’ actions. The novel was also rich in character development. For example, Angry Man’s shrewdness was developed well with the guidance of the Wise Goddess. Angry Man showed plenty of improvement. From a child who enjoyed killing and torture, he became a respectable king.

In the book, Mescavage and Taylor changed the characters’ Greek names to their Bronze Age equivalent. Some characters also had many names. For instance, Helen’s name became “Sunshine”. When she married, her name changed to “Virtuous”. The authors gave a word of caution about this change in the introductory part of the book. It was confusing at first, but as the story went on, I got used to it

Overall, I give The Angry Man and the Weaver 4 out of 4 stars. This book is a good match for readers who are interested in Greek Mythology. Readers who want to enjoy the heart-warming tale of Penelope and Odysseus’ love story would enjoy this book as well.

The Angry Man and the Weaver by Alexander Mescavage and Eunice Beauchman

4 out of 4 stars

This modern-day re-imagining of the tales from the Odyssey creates an atmospheric narrative that is both risqué and realistic. We follow characters  modeled after their classic counterparts, as they struggle through life, searching for love, power, and revenge. The authors have clearly studied the original texts thoroughly, pulling out the best parts of each story and weaving them intricately into this new take. Readers who are interested in Greek gods, but have a taste for surprising stories that dole out bites of suspense are sure to find this book an entertaining one.

By taking powerful plot points from the Bronze Age and melding certain ideologies to today’s society, Mescavage and Beauchman have crafted a one-of-a-kind tale that stands alone, even though it is modeled after previous works. The characters are both shocking and sympathetic; causing the reader to want to follow along the complicated journeys the authors put them on. With godlike humans and self serving gods, this book is the perfect blend of originality, combining the old with the new

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