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ODYSSEY: A MODERN SEQUEL Paperback – September 16, 1985
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This book is incredibly well done. Kazantzakis' use of metaphor is the best that I have ever seen.
If I may say so without risk, I honestly believe that this is actually much better than the original one by Homer. And to top it off it is also quite humorous!
Kazantzakis’ mastery of the ancient poetic form only intensifies my problems. Troubling as I found it, I picked the book up again and skipped to the final third in which Odysseus’ mind and physical reality blend in a quick, deathless, dreamlike montage. Even so, what’s to love? Psychadelia by itself holds little attraction.
To re-read Kazantzakis' masterwork - to carve out time each day with it - is one critical way to stay healthy, in mind and spirit; to remain acutely conscious of our era, and to dream the impossible dream. Kazantzakis did so and his legacy, as revealed in his great Odyssey, remains one of the most challenging, demanding and important works of literature of all time.