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The Odyssey (Puffin Classics) Paperback – December 1, 1997
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“[Fitzgerald’s Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer’s art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase.” –The Yale Review
“[In] Robert Fitzgerald’s translation . . . there is no anxious straining after mighty effects, but rather a constant readiness for what the occasion demands, a kind of Odyssean adequacy to the task in hand, and this line-by-line vigilance builds up into a completely credible imagined world.”
–from the Introduction by Seamus Heaney
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This version maintains all of the basic "key" elements to the Homeric epic, but omits the "Book" markers, lines, etc., in order to create accessibility for an audience not primed for a classic epic. I read this with my daughter, and the format made it much more natural for us to get through as a true story rather than as a historical or cultural study.
McCaughrean, while pulling out the most important stories (the cyclops, Scylla and Charybdis, etc), creates her own poetic language in the prose form. We often stopped to appreciate the vivid verbs and descriptions that she weaves into the narrative.
Reading an epic with a second-grader comes with its own perils-- Homer absolutely includes things that might be unfamiliar to a young audience. There were absolutely places where I had to provide simple explanations or skirt subjects I didn't yet want to discuss, but they were not in-your-face or graphic in any way... Considering the nature of the story (war, monsters, love, loss, etc.)
While this is certainly not Homer, it deserves merit on its own as a recreation of the story that is accessible to a much wider audience... Many of whom may not sit down with a VERY SERIOUS TRANSLATION.
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This version provides an accessible and exciting version of the ancient poem for kids. My kids love hearing and reading this version.Published on February 21, 2013 by Henry Stukenborg
I bought this to read to my six year old grandson, from the promotion on Amazon I thought it would have some illustrations to help make it interesting. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by annapetroica