The Odyssey

The Odyssey

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Odysseus--soldier, sailor, trickster, and everyman--is one of the most recognizable characters in world literature. His arduous, ten-year journey home after the Trojan War, the subject of Homer's Odyssey, is the most accessible tale to survive from ancient Greece, and its impact is still felt today across many different cultures. This lively free verse translation, from one of today's leading Homeric scholars, preserves the clarity and simplicity of the original while conveying Odysseus' adventures in a modern style. By avoiding the technical formality of earlier translations, and the colloquial and sometimes exaggerated effects of recent attempts, Barry B. Powell's translation deftly captures the most essential truths of this vital text. Due to his thorough familiarity with the world of Homer and Homeric language, Powell's introduction provides rich historical and literary perspectives on the poem. This volume also includes illustrations from classical artwork, detailed maps, explanatory notes, a timeline, and a glossary. Modern and pleasing to the ear while accurately reflecting the meaning of the original, this Odyssey is a superlative translation for twenty-first-century readers.
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780199360314
0199360316
9780199925896
0199925895
9780199925889
0199925887
Branch Call Number: 883 H7529OP 2014
Characteristics: xxv, 459 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Powell, Barry B. - Translator

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Kris_Kringle
Oct 05, 2017

This classic poem will not disappoint! I encourage readers to read it for pleasure and not for school. It is more enjoyable then the Iliad. Fully deserves 4.5 stars!!!

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TheSandoz
Sep 06, 2017

This book is awesome! For everyone from age 7 to 85. A great family read.

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Calvacade
May 30, 2017

A classic- the original " road story ".

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Erika_W
May 30, 2017

This (the Martin Hammond translation) is a great translation that's EASY to read, unlike some others I have tried. You can enjoy this epic much more if you actually understand what's going on without having to read each line 3 times over.
Thank you, Mr. Hammond!

Odysseus faces many challenges when traveling back home after fighting in the Trojan war for 10 years. This is one of my favorites because I always loved reading about the monstrous creatures of Greek Mythology and this book consisted of some of my favorites such as sirens and the Cyclops.

Michelle

One of my favorites because I love reading about the monstrous creatures of Greek mythology and this book consisted of some of my favorites such as the sirens and the cyclops

-Michelle; Teen Volunteer

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Ethan_Annis
Jul 13, 2016

Homer’s Odyssey is one of the greatest masterpieces ever written. It chronicles the voyages of Odysseus as he makes his way home after the Trojan War. Meanwhile his home has been overrun by suitors for his faithful wife. Not only is the Odyssey a great story, it is also foundational to understand many other great works of literature. Of the translations I’ve read (Fitzgerald, Mandelbaum and parts of Pope and Dryden) Fagels’ is by far my favorite. The introduction by Bernard Knox is also superb.

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tj_is_cool
Jul 14, 2014

Written in a slow and tedious style.

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MSbulldog
Jul 02, 2014

I prefer the robert Fagles translation if given a choice.

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obsidianlily
Jun 29, 2014

Fagles' translation attempts to reflect the contemporary vernacular the original Greek was written in, rather than seeking to elevate it to a more formal, "epic" tone. The effort is appreciated, but he does tone down a great deal of the more disturbing elements, and the "vernacular" can get downright "folksy".

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Erika_W
May 30, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lots of scary stuff happens in The Odyssey -- it's a Greek epic poem after all...

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Erika_W
May 30, 2017

Sexual Content: The Odyssey has sexual content!

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Erika_W
May 30, 2017

Violence: The Odyssey has violence! (Especially chapter 22, when the suiters are killed, is very gruesome!)

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Erika_W
May 30, 2017

Coarse Language: The suiters call mean insults to other people etc.

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Kadie2 Aug 17, 2012

great adventure.

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12sonas
Aug 16, 2012

Leaving the war in Troy, Odysseus travels through many adventures on the sea as he tries to get home against Poseidon's will.

wooknight Apr 27, 2011

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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Erika_W
May 30, 2017

Erika_W thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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obsidianlily
Jun 29, 2014

obsidianlily thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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