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The Odyssey (AmazonClassics Edition) Paperback – June 27, 2017
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Homer is believed to have been born sometime between the twelfth and eighth centuries BC. While the works of the Greek poet have had a significant influence on Western culture and literature, very little is known about the blind bard from Ionia. Some scholars allege that the epics The Iliad and The Odyssey were actually composed by groups of storytellers who worked in the oral tradition.
Regardless, the epics assigned to Homer have become the chief sources for world mythology, our understanding of early human society, and tales of life in ancient Greece.
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This was the first book I have purchased on the kindle app, or even on amazon! Well not first book I have purchased on amazon but it is the first digital book I have purchased. I have just begun reading the book and I love the convince. I recently just downloaded the app onto both my ipad and my iphone and I think it is perfect for on the go, especially when I am sitting on a 12 hour plane ride and 2 hour train ride.
I love how I can easily access this book even without wifi, Sure, it does not have the satisfying thrill of flipping thru pages and it does not have that rewarding feel when I see how far I've read, but the convenience factor really does help justify some of those causes. I own a copy of the Odyssey that I probably had to read in high school but it has been long forgotten and way under appreciated,
Pope's translation of this seems decent, I am about one hundred pages or so in and have not noticed any problems. I have always loved Greek mythology and I have a background in European medieval and renaissance history so I find Pope's translation tolerable. I do not recommend this for someone who is looking for a joy read because it is definitely a piece that takes a lot of reading comprehension. Pope also puts in the Roman equivalent names into translation, that is a little bonus for someone like me who knows almost nothing of roman mythology. It will most likely take me quite some time to finish this novel but I am happy that I will not be misplacing it any time soon.
If you're not familiar with writing from 18th century, then you may struggle a bit with The Odyssey. However, if it is on your Must-Read list there are many resources available to help you understand the piece and gain a lot of insight from the writing. I highly encourage anyone who has wanted to check some of "The Classics" off their reading list to give this book a shot!
*I purchased this product at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest review, and that is EXACTLY what this is - my HONEST opinion.
I've often heard people refer to this one of the best books of all times. I can only assume that this particular book is not a review of the writing itself because how can one possibly review the works oh someone like Homer and more of a review on the translation of this book. As someone who is not partial to Greek works, this one was something a little different. I don't mine this work being translated into verse but it makes it slightly broken up and just a little bit more difficult to read. Still a wonderful read and most of the wording doesn't seem to be lost in this translation.
If I could suggest anything, I would also include the original text in this book just in case it's something that people might want to compare with each other.
I received this product at a discount or for free in order to write an honest, unbiased review. If this was helpful to you, please say so. thank you!
One thing I gotta say is as a geek who barely likes to read this is perfect to have. Its one of those books that having it as an audio book which is what i usually prefer does not do it justice. Its worth reading it. This always has been and always will be one of my favorite epics.
It is a fantasy, worthy of Ray Harryhausen's best efforts. You've got one-eyed giants, monsters with tentacles, a sorceress turning men into animals, and all manner of gods inserting themselves into the action.
It is a study of human nature. Defeat, triumph, frustration, love, loyalty, cunning, and revenge. Personally, I found the slaying of the suitors and the cleansing of the house to be deeply moving. Rather than respect Penelope's loyalty to Odysseus, they not merely kept on bothering her, they started eating up her and Odysseus' wealth, pressuring her to feed them per custom, when they were parked there for a nefarious purpose. Odysseus' son is also a good character, trying to do what is right despite the numbers arrayed against him.
A classic, for good reason.
Edward M. Van Court