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Homer's Daughter Paperback – August 30, 2005
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The idea itself is quite brilliant. "The Odyssey" has always been called a "women's" epic because except for Odysseus, all other important leading characters are women and the story focuses more on domestic life than on war-like exploits. Thus, imagining Nausicaa as the epic's author is not so outlandish.
That said, "Homer's Daughter" the novel is hugely disappointing. One of the major reasons why it failed to impress me is that the tone of the novel was very impersonal. I was always aware that Robert Graves was telling the story instead of the proper narrator -- Nausicaa. Speaking of Nausicaa, she is extremely unappealing. She seems to be very intelligent and clear-headed but so cold and closed-off that I could not care less about her. All the personal stories failed to impress me because either they were almost cartoonish, like Laodamas and Ctlimene, or plain boring, like Nausicaa and Aethon. The meeting between Odysseus and Nausicaa in "The Odyssey" is one of the best parts in the epic. Especially, when Odysseus says to Nausicaa that best of all, he wishes that she would know harmony in marriage. The meeting between Nausicaa and Aethon in "Homer's Daughter", patterned after Odysseus' and Nausicaa's in "The Odyssey, cannot compare.Read more ›
As an "Odyssey" fan, it was a lot of fun seeing how Graves set up the story as parallel to "The Odyssey"--the sort of situation that could have inspired it. The setting, in actual historic Greece/Mediteranean, not a mythical setting, was well-drawn and interesting. I would recommend this novel as a thought-provoking read for someone who is well-familiar with "The Odyssey".
This is an adventure, but it is also peek into the day to day domestic life of the Ancient Greeks. It gives a voice to women who where considered little more than a womb by the Ancient Greek males - at least in some of the writings that have survived. Graves draws on his vast knowledge of Ancient Greece to bring it to life. The author was criticized for being a historian and writing historical fiction. But as far as I can tell, it would have been a crime for Graves to suppress his excellent ability to weave an engaging tale.
I also recommend Count Belisarius and I, Claudius and Claudius the God. I look forward to reading other books by Robert Graves.
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An interesting re-interprtation of the Odyssey story but the book lacks the depth I was looking for. Read morePublished 16 months ago by A. Yiannakis
In his relatively short novel author presents very interesting approach to the ''Homeric problem''. But in my opinion Homer was an author of both greatest works in the literature.Published on March 31, 2010 by mjare