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The Lost Books of the Odyssey

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    A Curious Introspection

    These stories vary from 'what if' takes, on the speculative events of the Trojan War, to the meandering curiosities and explorations of Odysseus's thoughts and indulgences. If you are a fan of Homer's work -- The Iliad and The Odyssey -- you are certain to enjoy the tales retold, clearly reshaped with a 21st Century sensibility. If you have no understanding of Homer's original tales, much of this will be perceived like so much intellectual self-stimulation. In fact, you may not be amused when you are driven to dictionary in search of various archaic terms.

    The stories are shared in no particular order, but once you are accustomed to the non-linear style, it is fairly easy to immerse oneself in the characters and the well-written articulations of their intricate relationships. Was Athena in love with Odysseus? How did Achilles really die? Was Odysseus naive and in denial about Penelope's faithfulness?

    There is much food for thought here -- which is always a good sign in my opinion -- and the prose is digestible, although some tales may be most appealing to a more sophisticated literary palate. All in all, I did enjoy it. It was a very good read, and it would be a nice choice for book club discussion that included Homer's originals.

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