The Ameriad: The Untold Founding of America By the Survivors of Troy is a satirical comedy told in the style of a Greek Epic.
The comedy, in my opinion, was fantastic; produced mainly by the inclusion of modern speech and ideas while writing a very authentic sounding epic tale of Greek wars, heroes, and gods. The effect was reminiscent of classic comedy dialogue such as Monty Python and in some instances Mel Brooks.
Conceptually speaking, this book should have been somewhat difficult to pull off. However, the author’s combination of impeccable writing skill and the use of some truly imaginative symbolism…not to mention the copious amount of dry wit, helped to create a story that was enjoyable without being preachy.
There were a few points in the story where I struggled because it seemed to drag a bit, mainly in the first third of the book. I think that it was mainly due to the structure; there seemed to be a significant amount of interest around ‘The Pillars’ that I didn’t grasp at the time. The symbolism was a little vague and it was only after reading further into the journey of Amerius that I had the Aha moment where I then understood what The Pillars represented.
In all honesty, I must admit that I don’t typically read satires, but the writing and humor in The Ameriad, is truly top notch and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the Monty Python comedy style.
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a non-reciprocal review.**