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But classicists, beware: This Iliad has something of a '90s sensibility, from the cover art (a photograph of the D-Day Normandy landing) to Achilles' Rambo-like diction. It might well outrage the purists, but for those who remember their musty high-school reading of Homer's great epic with a barely suppressed yawn, Lombardo's energetic translation is just the version to change their minds. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The character development in the story really helps you get attached and the action scenes keep you on the edge of your seat.
For high schoolers, though, I would recommend reading one of the other translators first, as the first time one reads Homer, it should be for the story.
I have read several versions of the Iliad (both poetic and prose) and this version translated by Robert Fagles is the best I've read.
My husband enjoyed reading this book after our return from Troy. For the 21st century reader, however, it's very long and repetitive. He didn't read the entire saga.Published 7 days ago by Jae Brown
I'm reading this edition alongside my daughter who has to read Lattimore's translation for a class. Every time she gets hung up on a passage, this edition helps her understanding. Read morePublished 10 days ago by amtmcm
Don't let the two-stars fool you... I purchased this for my daughter and she hates epic poetry. I'm sure it was a good book. :-)Published 10 days ago by J. J. Hanna
The translation has a good balance between retaining the grandeur of the story and presenting the people and their conversations in keeping with who they were (rough, proud,... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mark from Seattle
Exactly what I needed. Cover was a different color, but the text of course the same. Once you've read the Lattimore translation, nothing else compares! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Peter D. Ford, III
I was very happy in condition book came in. I am not happy about the fact I have to read this book for educational purposes.Published 18 days ago by Asia Hart
I began my reading of this classic story with considerable misgivings about my ability to follow its plot, but Fagle's translation makes it extremely accessible. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Janie