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*Starred Review* Employing the five-beat, minimally iambic line he used for his translation of The Iliad (2011), Mitchell retells the first, still greatest adventure story in Western literature with the same clarity, sweep, and force. Those similarities in his translations contradict the two poems’ differences. The Iliad portrays a civilization engaged in its most significant activities; The Odyssey depicts the archetype of the Western civilized individual. Mitchell doesn’t draw that particular distinction but, first thing in the introduction, points out that most Homeric scholars believe one Homer wrote The Iliad, and another Homer, The Odyssey. The second quotes the first often but varies so in “vocabulary, grammar, geographical perspective, theology, and moral values” that it’s unlikely he’s the same poet. Many ordinary readers have found The Odyssey “more modern,” by which they mean more like a contemporary novel—more psychological, more “personal” because of the strong point-of-view characters, Odysseus and his son, Telemachus. The Odyssey is also scarier, a very au courant quality. There are many more violent deaths in The Iliad—there’s a war going on, after all—but nothing as ghoulishly terrifying (and starkly related by Mitchell) as what Polyphemus, the Laestrygonians, and Scylla do to Odysseus’ crew. Stephen King, eat your heart out. --Ray Olson

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“Stephen Mitchell’s faithful translation of the Odyssey has great vigor, and a plain eloquence that is quite free of pedantry. It does not plod. Its narrative drive is so compelling that the reader will find himself speaking the lines aloud, as I did.” (Richard Wilbur, former Poet Laureate of the United States and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry )

“Stephen Mitchell is one of the great translators, and his version of the Odyssey is a masterpiece of clarity, directness and a kind of blunt musicality which catches perfectly the pitch of the true Homeric voice.” (John Banville, author of The Sea )

“This latest incarnation of the Odyssey leaves no doubt that Stephen Mitchell has made a deep connection to the tale’s spiritual power, which he has managed to express with propulsive cadence and in exquisite detail. The bard sings again, this time at the banquet of Mitchell’s ardent labor.” (Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States )

“Yet again, one of today’s gifted, knowing scholars and writers embraces one of the masterpieces of yore, and so doing offers us the Odyssey as a wise and stirring companion for our own personal voyage through time and life’s many stirring, worrying, enabling moments.” (Robert Coles )

A daring new version of the epic poem. (Wall Street Journal)

"Employing the five-beat, minimally iambic line he used for his translation of The Iliad (2011), Mitchell retells the first, still greatest adventure story in Western literature with the same clarity, sweep, and force.There are many more violent deaths in The Iliad—there’s a war going on, after all—but nothing as ghoulishly terrifying (and starkly related by Mitchell) as what Polyphemus, the Laestrygonians, and Scylla do to Odysseus’ crew. Stephen King, eat your heart
out." (Booklist, starred review)

"Re-reading the epic poem The Odyssey with this new translation by Stephen Mitchell is a reminder not only of its significance as an early literary masterpiece of the West but also its beauty as a work of art... It resonates with modern readers as much as it did to our ancestors... Eminently readable, flowing narrative… captures the beauty of the language while rendering the poem accessible to all readers... Mitchell deserves great credit for providing a new translation that will appeal to modern readers and see the Homeric tales thrive amongst the next generation... Mitchell’s translations should be the first port of call to anyone who’s never yet read the Homeric poems but has always meant to." (Entertainment-focus (UK))


Product details

  • File Size: 6697 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BSB2ARQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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