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The Odyssey

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(Book - 2006)
The Odyssey
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The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey through life-at once an ageless human story and an individual test of moral endurance.'Wonderfully readable . . . Just the right blend of roughness and sophistication.'- Ted Hughes'A memorable achievement . . . Mr. Fagles has been remarkably successful in finding a style that is of our time and yet times.'- Richard Jenkyns, The New York Times Book Review'I have Robert Fagles to thank for a new and precious gift. He has let me hear the rhapsode work his magic, and held me spellbound in those shadowy hills.'- Peter Green, The New Republic'Robert Fagles is the best living translator of ancient Greek drama, lyric poetry, and epic into modern English, and his translation of The Odyssey is the best work yet.'- Gary Wills, The New Yorker
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780143039952
0143039954
Branch Call Number: 883.01 H766op 2006
Characteristics: 541 p. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Fagles, Robert

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10 years after the end of the Trojan war, Odysseus is adrift at sea, facing mythic dangers beyond measure. Eventually Odysseus returns home and plots the deaths of the violent suitors who are after his wife. (ca. 800 B.C.)

Comment by: multcolib_hillsdale Nov 16, 2012

"The Odyssey is the tale of what happens to a great hero, Odysseus, after the apocalypse of Troy. The poem opens 10 years after the end of the war, when Odysseus is still trying to find his way home to Ithaca. The story shifts back and forth between Odysseus being cast adrift at sea, facing ... Read More »


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"The Odyssey is the tale of what happens to a great hero, Odysseus, after the apocalypse of Troy. The poem opens 10 years after the end of the war, when Odysseus is still trying to find his way home to Ithaca. The story shifts back and forth between Odysseus being cast adrift at sea, facing mythic dangers beyond measure, and the efforts of his wife Penelope and son Telemachus to ward off violent suitors and keep their home together until Odysseus' return. Eventually Odysseus returns home in the guise of a beggar, and plots the deaths of the suitors who are destroying his house. The poem portrays a world very different from that of The Iliad, and a hero, Odysseus, who is very different than Achilles. The Odyssey focuses more on issues of cunning intelligence, justice, endurance, home, and family. It is the perfect counterpart to The Iliad, both reflecting and criticizing the values portrayed in the other poem." Annotation by Professor Walter Englert.

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