Homer's Odyssey

Homer's Odyssey

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In this new translation of the Odyssey, Norbert Albertson has succeeded in crafting a vivid and thoughtful English version of Homer's great work. Both true to the original and resonant in the present day, it is a masterful work of story-telling for readers of our time.

Translator's note:

The Greek Odyssey is one of the supreme achievements of the

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In this new translation of the Odyssey, Norbert Albertson has succeeded in crafting a vivid and thoughtful English version of Homer's great work. Both true to the original and resonant in the present day, it is a masterful work of story-telling for readers of our time.

Translator's note:

The Greek Odyssey is one of the supreme achievements of the human mind and spirit. This book is not that Odyssey, but a translation, which-like all other translations of the Odyssey-like any translation of any work of literature-is a re-creation in a different language of some of the qualities of the original work. So at the very beginning, a translator must ask himself: "Which qualities of this work can I hope to ­re-create?" If you look at a number of translations of the Odyssey, you soon see that each translator has answered that question in his own way, a way that differs-and usually differs greatly-from that of all the others.
In On Translating Homer, Matthew Arnold, the great Victorian poet and critic, famously says that the qualities of Homer are four: he is rapid; he is plain and direct in thought and expression; he is plain and direct in substance; and he is noble.
In this translation I have aimed at the first three, hoping (and partly believing) that, if I succeeded to some degree in those first three, the fourth would take care of itself.

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Editorial Reviews

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:
9781939003041
Publisher:
New Book Partners
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest ancient Greek epic poet. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature. Modern researchers appear to place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC. The formative influence played by the Homeric epics in shaping Greek culture was widely recognized, and Homer was described as the teacher of Greece. Homer's works, which are about fifty percent speeches, provided models in persuasive speaking and writing that were emulated throughout the ancient and medieval Greek worlds. Fragments of Homer account for nearly half of all identifiable Greek literary papyrus finds.
-Wikipedia.com

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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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