"The Odyssey" is one of the earliest works of European literature, second only to "The Iliad". These two great epic poems, the astonishing first fruits of Greek civilisation, have together determined much of the course of Western literary culture and imagination. "The Odyssey" tells of the long and painful return of Odysseus from the Trojan War to ...
"The Odyssey" is one of the earliest works of European literature, second only to "The Iliad". These two great epic poems, the astonishing first fruits of Greek civilisation, have together determined much of the course of Western literary culture and imagination. "The Odyssey" tells of the long and painful return of Odysseus from the Trojan War to his homeland of Ithaka, his wife Penelope, and his son Telemachos. Even after he finally returns, there are enemies to be fought in his house. The action of the poem covers a huge canvas, ranging widely over time and place, exploring the known and the unknown worlds, involving magic and monsters, gods and ghosts, dangers defied: throughout there runs a strong and eloquent insistence on the humanity of man and the ultimate triumph of good over evil. This new translation by Martin Hammond complements his translation of "The Iliad". It aims to capture as closely as possible both the simplicity and the intensity of Homer's epic.
The Odyssey is the saga of the Greek hero Odysseus and his return voyage from the Trojan War. Having been away from home for many years Odysseus faces many challenges and adventures on his return journey to Ithaca. These include facing the one eyed giant called the Cyclops, the sorceress Circe, a visit to Hades, the Sirens, and the monsters Charybdis and Scylla. Upon his arrival home Odysseus defeats the suitors of his wife Penelope. The plain English prose translation by W. H. D. Rouse is the subject of this review and is highly readable. This epic story of adventure is one of the must read classics of world literature. Highly recommended.
Nov 7, 2013
it smelled like someone had been smoking on it for years. I had to cover my nose everytime I opened the book
May 31, 2012
Not a favorite
Too hard to understand. Try No Fear on Spark Notes for translation.
Feb 3, 2011
Bought it for school-ONLY
Great product! Just not what I would choose to read if given a choice. The reader is fine, just not that into Homer 8b...
Sep 3, 2010
I would listen to Jacobi read the phone book
How fabulous to listen to this well done recording. Even though the stories are so familiar, this was really gripping, and I plan on revisiting this audiobook with regularity.
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