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The Odyssey Paperback – October 7, 2008


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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; Reprint edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556437285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556437281
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,997,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A second-generation Black Mountain poet, Charles Stein has spent almost fifty years writing and translating poetry. Often associated with Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, and others, he is also the author of Persephone Unveiled. He lives in Barrytown, NY.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Don Byrd on October 14, 2008
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Until now, even the best available translations of The Odyssey were musty. The last several translations were dead on arrival--already tired and distant. They were reminders that no one now quite gets what poetry is, and we read Homer because, among poetic celebrities, being famous for being famous, Homer is the most famous. Of course, we have no idea what Homeric verse was or what a Homeric performance would have sounded like. I think Homer may have sounded like Blind Lemon Jefferson and the early blues singers. Stein gives us a Homer that is surely as like the real Homer as any of our other translations (probably not very like), and he gives us poetry that might reawaken many ears to what poetry really is. It needs to be read allowed. It feels good in your mouth. In content and style, it is a million miles from rap, but attentive readers should find it invigorating as rap sometimes is.
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BOOK SIP: 5 *s. KEY SOUND POET, top student of Olson, and gifted classics scholar C. STEIN gets Homer right. amzn.to/16WpzUg
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