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The Odyssey: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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26 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

An Epic of Odysseus' Return

This is an amazing translation; the language is flawless, almost poetic. And, of course, a timless classic. I had to read this book for my English Honors course and expected boredom. However, I was pleasently surprised-- I enjoyed it! It's the story of the Greek hero, O...
This is an amazing translation; the language is flawless, almost poetic. And, of course, a timless classic. I had to read this book for my English Honors course and expected boredom. However, I was pleasently surprised-- I enjoyed it! It's the story of the Greek hero, Odysseus, after the Trojan War. On the start of his voyage home, he provokes Poseidon, god of the sea. Thus, releasing the god's wrath. Odysseus faces many obstacles, on account of Poseidon's anger, including an encounter with Cyclops, Circe, and the Sirens, and a journey to Hades' Underworld. I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates classic literature. Though the language does take time to become accustomed to, the hardest part of this book is the vast amount of characters. I recommend composing a list of all the gods and goddesses in addition to demigods and heroes.

posted by ZebraStripe on March 23, 2010

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9 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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The translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey by Robert Fitzgerald are more enjoyable to read, and are also more reliable and accurate. They are written in prose. If you want poetic versions, you can't beat the translations by Richard Lattimore. My personal favorites...
The translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey by Robert Fitzgerald are more enjoyable to read, and are also more reliable and accurate. They are written in prose. If you want poetic versions, you can't beat the translations by Richard Lattimore. My personal favorites are the Fitzgeralds. I am a lawyer. I studied Greek subjects at U.C. Berkeley under professors Gregory Vlastos and Michael Frede. My favorite writers are Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and Proust.

posted by Anonymous on June 16, 2007

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    This is not complete

    Starts at Book XVII

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2007

    Too hard to understand

    The odyssey is okay but some of the words are too hard to understand.The only reson I read was because I have to for school.

    1 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    Dusteh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    To All (especially the leader)

    All I ask is that you refrain from goddmodding (such as no killing or poking eyes out, unless the other cat wants that to happen,) and attackng the same clan too much. Also, please don't force a win on every battle you fight. If you retreat first, that clearly signifies a loss. (Ahem) Then we will get along great. And just know, I'll be watching. Very closely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Sun

    "Gotcha."

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    Posted November 7, 2013

    Ik

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    review of the odyssey

    The Odyssey was a good story especially when odyssey comes back to his native land to seek revenge against the suitors who where pretty much freeloading from his house while he was gone. however, the wording was too repeative through out the story and it seemed like i was reading the bible with the unusal structures of the sentences. perhaps it's because it was written so long ago and i'm used to the contemporary style of writing. anyways, i would only recommend this book to those who are interesed in literature or poetry and not for an average reader like myself.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2002

    Not my cup of tea

    I don't like The Odyssey because it is spectacularly boring, really old, and rambling. The pages go on and on and on with no apparent meaning. It's the sort of book you can roll your eyes over and not really absorb, you know what I mean?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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