The Odyssey

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Adegi Graphics LLC, 2000 - 345 pages
1607 Reviews
The most popular epic of Western culture springs to life in Allen Mandelbaum's magnificent translation. Homer's masterpiece tells the story of Odysseus, the ideal Greek hero, as he travels home to Ithaca after the Trojan War?a journey of ten years and countless thrilling adventures. Rich in Greek folklore and myth, featuring gods and goddesses, monsters and sorceresses, "The Odyssey" has enchanted listeners around the world for thousands of years. Mandelbaum's robust, romantic, lyrical translation has an openness and immediacy unsurpassed by any other. Read aloud, it is a wonderful way to experience this enduring classic.

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The story itself and poetic writing was enjoyable. - Goodreads
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The finest introduction to the Odyssey. - Goodreads
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Had a great plot and outstanding themes. - Goodreads
The pictures are vivid and the story is wonderful. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Benjamin - Goodreads

I already knew the basic plot points of this great story, but the details really brought it to life! Why hasn't someone made this into a movie yet? I'm going to ignore "O Brother, Where Art Thou ... Read full review

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User Review  - Camille Dent - Goodreads

the Odyssey is a fantastic epic, and the Fagles translation makes it easy to understand and flows very well! There were a few modern phrases and idioms such as "scott free" and "cramping my style ... Read full review

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Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

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