The Odyssey (Rouse translation)

The Odyssey (Rouse translation)

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The Greatest Tale of All Time

…is what scholars have called Homer's Odyssey, in addition to "the first novel," "the first expression of the mind in literary form," and "the best story ever written." Whether fans of suspense, fantasy, or human drama, readers of all ages thrill to Homer's vibrant picture of Odysseus on his decadelong journey as he

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The Greatest Tale of All Time

…is what scholars have called Homer's Odyssey, in addition to "the first novel," "the first expression of the mind in literary form," and "the best story ever written." Whether fans of suspense, fantasy, or human drama, readers of all ages thrill to Homer's vibrant picture of Odysseus on his decadelong journey as he meets the lotus-eaters, cunningly flees the Cyclops, angers his gods, resists the sexy Sirens, narrowly escapes Scylla and Charybdis, averts his eyes from Medusa, docks in exotic cities—all the while longing to return to his wife and son.

Adventure on the high seas, legendary romance, tests of endurance, betrayal, heroism—this epic has all these and more, imagined by the most famous bard of all time. But, as Aristotle pointed out, "his greatness was that he himself was nowhere to be found in his story. His characters were everywhere." Blind and possibly illiterate, Homer has still, according to John Dryden, "in loftiness of thought surpass'd" any storyteller since 900 BCE.

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“[Robert Fitzgerald’s translation is] a masterpiece . . . An Odyssey worthy of the original.” –The Nation

“[Fitzgerald’s Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer’s art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase.” –The Yale Review

“[In] Robert Fitzgerald’s translation . . . there is no anxious straining after mighty effects, but rather a constant readiness for what the occasion demands, a kind of Odyssean adequacy to the task in hand, and this line-by-line vigilance builds up into a completely credible imagined world.”
–from the Introduction by Seamus Heaney

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451628053
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/1946
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1050L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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"The best translation of Homer that I have ever read is by W.H.D. Rouse."

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