The Odyssey

The Odyssey

The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey through life. "It recounts the story of Odysseus' return to Ithaca from the Trojan war and tells how, championed by Athene and hounded by the wrathful sea-god Poseidon, Odysseus encounters the ferocious Cyclops, escapes Scylla and Charybdis and yields temporarily to the lures of Circe and Calypso before he The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey through life. "It recounts the story of Odyss...

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Title:The Odyssey
Author:Homer
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Genres:Classics
ISBN:Ὀδύσσεια
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:541 pages pages

The Odyssey Reviews

  • J.G. Keely
    Jul 27, 2009
    It's funny how many people feel intimidated by this book. Sure, it's thousands of years old, and certainly Greek culture has some peculiarities, but the book is remarkably, sometimes surprisingly modern, and most translations show the straightforward simplicity of the story. Perhaps...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Apr 28, 2008
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  • Ken
    Jun 29, 2015
    I shelved this as "classic newly-read" only because I don't think I ever read a full version in verse. Parts in prose. And B-movies starring either Kirk Douglas or Anthony Quinn or Charlton Heston as the toga-clad avenger. Like butter, this translation of Fagles'. Loved how smooth i...
  • Everyman
    May 22, 2009
    The Odyssey is, well, the Odyssey. Beyond being a tremendously exciting read, it is a foundational work in Western literature. It is a glorious story of love and war, gods and humans, adventure in and around the Mediterranean (and, some argue, out to the West Indies). On the surfac...
  • Stephen
    Aug 25, 2008
    So my first ?non-school related" experience with Homer?s classic tale, and my most powerful impression, beyond the overall splendor of the story, was...HOLY SHIT SNACKS these Greeks were a violent bunch. Case in point: ...they hauled him out through the doorway into the court, l...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Sep 23, 2011
    I started this as I was told it is essential reading if I ever want to give a shot at reading Ulysses. I was a bit apprehensive and spent a long time deciding on which translation to choose. Finally it was Stephen's review that convinced me to go for the Robert Fagles' version. I hav...
  • Trish
    Feb 25, 2018
    The first line in Emily Wilson?s new translation of the Odyssey, the first by a woman scholar, is ?Tell me about a complicated man.? In an article by Wyatt Mason in the NYT late last year, Wilson tells us ?I could?ve said, ?Tell me about a straying husband.? And that?s...
  • Alex
    Jan 12, 2010
    "Okay, so here's what happened. I went out after work with the guys, we went to a perfectly nice bar, this chick was hitting on me but I totally brushed her off. Anyway we ended up getting pretty wrecked, and we might have smoked something in the bathroom, I'm not totally clear on that...
  • Kalliope
    Apr 16, 2010
    I have read The Odyssey three times. The first was not really a read but more of a listen in the true oral tradition. During embroidery class one of us, young girls on the verge of entering the teens, would read a passage while the rest were all busy with our eyes and fingers, ...
  • Tristan
    Aug 31, 2017
    Like a bolt of lightning striking a tree, The Iliad of Homer set my cranium alight when its sheer incantatory power first washed over me. It's an astonishing work, brutal and violent, while at the same time deeply affecting, brimming with incisive insights into human nature. Odys...
  • Emer
    Jan 15, 2018
    Last year I read Homer's The Iliad and loved the storyline but I was left with a sense that there was something missing from my reading experience. At times the Iliad bored me with its clunky writing style and, at the time, I concluded that this was down to the translation that read. ...
  • Jan-Maat
    Jun 12, 2011
    Second review introductory I think, oh muse, that Odysseus and me go back to the first year of Junior School, when I was, let me see, eleven minus four years old, anyway it was long ago and far away then, we still had the half penny a tiny coin of hardy bronze. We had a project at sc...
  • Kris
    Nov 03, 2017
    See article in The New York Times Magazine Section, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/ma... The Paris Review has excerpts: https://www.theparisreview.org/poetry... ...
  • Owlseyes
    Aug 26, 2011
    "So Pallas spake, and breathed into his frame Strength irresistible." Why so powerful a narrative? - is it the mythological world? this tte-a-tte way of living between gods and men? ...the voyages? the longing for Home ...? ...
  • James
    Aug 07, 2016
    Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to The Odyssey, published around 800 BC and written by Homer. I was tasked with reading this epic work as part of an Advanced Placement English course in between my junior and senior years of high school. I loved literature back then as much as I do no...
  • Fernando
    Apr 13, 2016
    "Volver, con la frente marchita, las nieves del tiempo platearon mi sien. Sentir, que es un soplo la vida, que veinte aos no es nada, que febril la mirada, errante en las sombras, te busca y te nombra. Vivir, con el alma aferrada, a un dulce recuerdo que lloro otra vez." Concuerdo...
  • Ana
    Mar 01, 2017
    Oh Odysseus, how I love thee.. But, bro, you need to get a grip. ...
  • Charlotte May
    Dec 19, 2016
    Quite possibly one of my favourite books! It was this novel that ignited my love for Greek and Roman mythology and antiquity - leading me to choose a degree in Classical Civilisations. I always look back on The Odyssey with fondness - I love all the monsters he faces and the gods who...
  • Roy Lotz
    May 30, 2013
    To this day, the most interesting research project that I?ve ever done was the very first. It was on the Homeric Question. I was a sophomore in college?a student with (unfortunate) literary ambitions who had just decided to major in anthropology. By this point, I had at least ta...
  • Pink
    Mar 04, 2014
    Where do you start with a book such as this? An epic tale that has been around for almost three thousand years. I have no idea. What I do know is that I read it and loved it. I had little foreknowledge of the story and I haven't looked into the meanings or history too deeply. Instead I...
  • Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
    Jun 29, 2017
    *Originally rated 4.5 stars, but after rereading it multiple times and also having the chance to study it at university and still being endlessly fascinated by the story rather than growing bored by it, I'm bumping it up to the full 5 stars! ...
  • Vit Babenco
    Jan 12, 2016
    ?It is generally understood that a modern-day book may honorably be based upon an older one, especially since, as Dr. Johnson observed, no man likes owing anything to his contemporaries. The repeated but irrelevant points of congruence between Joyce's Ulysses and Homer's Odyssey cont...
  • Glenn Russell
    Nov 27, 2015
    Ever since I first read Homer?s epic describing the adventures of Odysseus back in my school days, three of those adventures fired my imagination: The Lotus Eaters, The Cyclops and the Sirens, most especially the Sirens. I just did revisit these sections of this Greek epic and my...
  • Renato Magalhães Rocha
    Apr 29, 2014
    It's impossible not to smile when you start reading such a classic and, after only the first few pages, you realize and completely understand why it's regarded as one of the most important works in literature. I'm always a little anxious when I tackle such important and renowned books ...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Jul 23, 2016
    Odysseus is the ultimate anti-hero, and that's probably why - as much as he annoys me at times with his antics - I'll always prefer him to Achilles. Sure, one can't deny how unreliable and prejudiced he is as a narrator - just look at how he twists the reality when describing the Cyc...
  • [P]
    Aug 03, 2015
    My parents split when I was very young. The arrangement they made between them was that my brother and I would spend the weekends with our father, but would live, during the week, with my mother. One winter, when I was ten years old, it started to snow heavily and gave no indication of...
  • Το Άσχημο Ρύζι Καρολίνα
    Feb 11, 2018
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  • Kevin Ansbro
    Jan 25, 2018
    "I?m not normally a praying man, but if you?re up there, please save me, Superman!" ?Homer (Simpson) Following James Joyce?s lead, I used Homer?s heroic story as inspiration and research for a novel-in-progress. But how can I, a mere mortal, do justice to the most famo...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Jul 16, 2016
    I first read extracts of the Odyssey in junior high and high school and some years later purchased the highly acclaimed Fitzgerald translation. It is a masterpiece that brings out the strengths of this iconic story of the voyage of Ulysses from the fall of Troy back to his native Ithac...
  • Michael
    Mar 13, 2017
    The Fagles translation is brilliant. ...