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The Odyssey (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback – September 17, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0393964059 ISBN-10: 0393964051 Edition: Second Edition
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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek

About the Author

Albert Cook is Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and Classics at Brown University, where he has taught since 1978. Author, poet, and playwright, he is the author of the critical studies The Classic Line: A Study of Epic Poetry, Myth and Language, and Soundings: On Shakespeare, Modern Poetry, Plato, and Other Subjects; the poetry collections Adapt the Living, Modulars, and Delayed Answers; and the plays The Death of Trotsky and Recall. His articles and poetry have appeared in scores of periodicals.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Second Edition edition (September 17, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393964051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393964059
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Big Dave on November 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm not going to review Homer -- Homer gets ten stars. If you haven't read Homer, you're not an educated person.
If I had to rate the additional material in this edition on its own merits, I'd have to give it something less than five stars. Four, probably. The glossary is useful, and the "Backgrounds" (a brief excerpt each from Kirk and Nilsson and then snippets from various archaic authors commenting on Homer) are worthwhile and sometimes amusing. But the "map of probable locations for legendary places mentioned in The Odyssey", for instance, is silly. And the essays in the "Criticism" section seem randomly-themed and of hit and miss quality.
But the additional material is all just icing on a very good cake. Cook's translation is readable and delightful. He carefully maintains the repetitions and line units of the original, so a reader of the English translation can get some sense of what the Greek feels like. Well worth reading.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew E. Carver on May 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I studied & read Odyssey for a year. After poring through the various translations, my sense of the quality of this edition, in terms of translation, is sufficient, in terms of poetry, is severely deficient, and nearly grotesque butchery in a few sequences of great importance. If you would like more attention to poetry and content together, I would recommend Lattimore, or much much, better, the lesser known but comparatively magnificent Rodney Merrill's version, on Michigan University Press (sadly, I believe only the hardcover is available on Amazon, but the paperback will surely be available direct from the MUP).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Amorose on May 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Albert Cook's is the only verse translation of the Odyssey to rival Lattimore's: slightly less literal, but also more readable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By drohan00 on September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
The first verse translation of the Odyssey I ever read. I like it. I prefer the Fagles, and liked the Fitzgerald the best, but this one was cheap when I first wanted to read the Odyssey. Indeed, this translation offers all the reader needs in a verse translation, in a modern sort of form, that does not conflict too much with the story being told.

Personally, I like other translations much better, but I cannot forget the soft spot in my heart for this budget priced edition.
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