The OdysseyeBook - 1996
0786509139 (electronic bk.)
9781101221846 (electronic bk.)
1101221844 (electronic bk.)
From Library Staff
10 to Try is a good excuse to pick up a classic! If you've never read The Odyssey, now is a perfect time to do it with this new, much talked about translation by Emily Wilson.
February 13, 2017
Argos is Odysseus’ dog in “The Odyssey.” He plays a small role in the book, but an important one. When Odysseus returns home to Ithaca after 20 years, Argos is the only one who recognizes him. Now that his master is home, Argos can die in peace. Argos is one of the first dogs ever to be named in ... Read More »
From the critics
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lots of scary stuff happens in The Odyssey -- it's a Greek epic poem after all...
Violence: The Odyssey has violence! (Especially chapter 22, when the suiters are killed, is very gruesome!)
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Leaving the war in Troy, Odysseus travels through many adventures on the sea as he tries to get home against Poseidon's will.
Starts with Odysseus in the clutches of Calypso and interestingly half the story is told in a flashback mode . Probably the first time that the flashback concept was ever used . This is the story of a man who is try to return home from the Trojan war and is unable to get home to his loyal wife and son because the gods constantly set obstacles in his path. One has to wonder if Homer intended to depict his gods as separate entities who were controlling human destinies or were they intended to be metaphorical i.e when Athena makes Odysseus look larger , is that hinting at the fact that Odysseus felt courage surging through his heart and hence looked larger than life or was Athena doing that . It seems that these issues crop up all over the Iliad as well as the Odyssey .
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