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The Iliad and The Odyssey (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Pretty fair read - Make sure you know what you're reading.

First, if you're not familiar with these kinds of texts, you may be rather put off. The writing style is not remotely similar to a book you would purchase today. If you know in advance how these types of books were written and passed down, I think you'll agree this on...
First, if you're not familiar with these kinds of texts, you may be rather put off. The writing style is not remotely similar to a book you would purchase today. If you know in advance how these types of books were written and passed down, I think you'll agree this one was well done. I still have some greek literature from college, and while I wasn't bored, I am not a fan of the poetry style of writing which is so prevalent in this era. I like poems; I like novels; I rarely like them mixed.

The fact that this is written as prose and not poetry was immensely more satisfying that my college books. I have yet to finish The Iliad (have you seen the size of this book?), but The Odyssey was a pleasant read. I was not dramatically thrilled, nor was I on the edge of the seat, but I still wanted to know - Would Odysseus make it home? Would the suitors get theirs? Of course most readers know the outcome before they even open the book, but the read itsself made it worth waiting until the end to find out. I wanted to actually see Odysseus make it home, and I waited impatiently for the suitors to get their comeuppance. It moves at it's own leisurely pace, and isn't for those who like break-neck speed in their novels. I like those too; but this is for a different type of read.

The leather hardcover edition was excellently priced, making it almost a crime to pass up. It is an excellent addition to a home library, and a great gift for someone whom you know would appreciate this volume in their own.

All in all, a very good read, a great price, and a great recommendation for your library or a friend's.

posted by Rowena_Ravenclaw on July 11, 2009

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

NO POETRY

I was so excited upon hearing that B&N had this in their beautiful leather-bound, $20 series. So I put it on hold right away and took it home with me. It is wrapped in plastic, so I couldn't have seen the inside anyways. Upon opening however, I was dismayed to find abso...
I was so excited upon hearing that B&N had this in their beautiful leather-bound, $20 series. So I put it on hold right away and took it home with me. It is wrapped in plastic, so I couldn't have seen the inside anyways. Upon opening however, I was dismayed to find absolutely no poetry at all, which was what I was so eagerly expecting, especially as addition to the beautiful manner of binding and physical form that it's held in. What's the point of a classic, decked out in beauty and leather-bound, if the insides look and read like a plain, any other book? What if they took the poetry from Shakespeare?! I believe the Iliad is an epic of such that deserves to stay true to the form that preserves it's emotive power. The insides of this version are pretty drab and boring. No stanzas, no exclamation marks, no variation, just blocks of text throughout. The dialogue is indistinguishable from the rest of the text except by the quote marks. And because of the format, (which I'm pretty sure necessitated no work at all) and the translation, no words stand out when I glance at any page. No sentence captures my eye and at once draws me in. What a pity.

If you are looking for the true to form poetry stanzas and dialogue, you'll have to find another copy.

posted by 15470888 on September 6, 2012

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