Homer's Odyssey

Homer's Odyssey

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By its evocation of a real or imaged heroic age, its contrasts of character and its variety of adventure, above all by its sheer narrative power, the Odyssey has won and preserved its place among the greatest tales in the world. It tells of Odysseus' adventurous wanderings as he returns from the long war at Troy to his home in the Greek island of Ithaca, where his

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By its evocation of a real or imaged heroic age, its contrasts of character and its variety of adventure, above all by its sheer narrative power, the Odyssey has won and preserved its place among the greatest tales in the world. It tells of Odysseus' adventurous wanderings as he returns from the long war at Troy to his home in the Greek island of Ithaca, where his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus have been waiting for him for twenty years. He meets a one-eyed giant, Polyphemus the Cyclops; he visits the underworld; he faces the terrible monsters Scylla and Charybdis; he extricates himself from the charms of Circe and Calypso. After these and numerous other legendary encounters he finally reaches home, where, disguised as a beggar, he begins to plan revenge on the suitors who have for years been besieging Penelope and feasting on his own meat and wine with insolent impunity.

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Chris Sherman
McCaughrean's fine retelling of Odysseus' wanderings is a heroic tale in the truest sense of the word. It captures all the drama and bloodcurdling action of the original work while making the story accessible to young people in language that is still vigorous and expressive. Odysseus is a commanding figure, a bold leader, able to outwit the strongest monsters, yet so weak he cowers in Calypso's chamber. Readers can follow Odysseus' encounters with Circe, the Lotus-eaters, Poseidon, and Calypso, among others, as well as Penelope's difficulties with her suitors back home. Illustrations by Victor Ambrus complement McCaughrean's style perfectly, their bold colors and lively portrayals displaying all the energy of the text. Ambrus' renderings of the monsters are particularly gruesome. A worthy addition to most library collections.
Horn Book
McCaughrean's adaptation of Homer's epic is both faithful to the original and accessible. Odysseus' perilous adventures on his voyage home from the Trojan War -- including encounters with the Cyclops, Circe, and the Sirens -- will captivate the imagination of a new generation of readers. Pen-and-ink drawings filled with motion alternate with vibrantly colored illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492795957
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
11/02/2013
Pages:
170
Sales rank:
522,315
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.36(d)

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Homer's Odyssey 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like so many of the free books available for the Nook, this book is poorly scanned & unreadable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love greek myths . I study it in school and was amased by the story. Me and my best friend john used to talk a lot about it . They were the best times always and forever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Formatting looks fine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book didn't seem to start somewere, but apparently it did because twelve pages into it it I realized that it was acctually the story. There are copy right symbols throughout the whole book, and you can't understand it.
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