Helen of Troy awakes just before dawn to the sound of air raid sirens.
Olympos, Dan Simmons
This is science fiction, from my husband’s bookshelf; I’ve been searching his collection for something new to read. The opening line got me in and I continued reading the rest of the page. That was enough. I’m not a sci-fi kind of girl. But when I told him I’d chosen this book, he looked away, chuckled quietly and said, “Ah yes, that was a good one.”
If I haven’t read any novels by Dan Simmons, I can still make a connection through a great article about translation which he wrote and which I read and which was helpful to me when I was a translation student.