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The 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 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 ...
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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.

A retelling of Homer's epic that describes the wanderings of Odysseus after the fall of Troy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582876443
  • Publisher: North Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Large Print Ser.
  • Pages: 528

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2003

    The Origin of the Adventure Genre

    This is the Adventure story which all others since have been based on. It is a hard read for most people, especially the layman. But the story was meant to be heard after all. I certainly recomend audiobook format for those new to the Greek or Epic format.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2002

    The Odyssey

    You shouldn't buy this book if you're not interested in Greek Mythology. To anyone who enjoys Greek Mythology this is a good and interesting book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2002

    OH MY GOSH!

    this book was utterly dull. it was so boring i fell asleep every time i read the thing. i pity anyone who has to read it. yes it is a classic peace and that is the only reason it is still on the shelf. that and horrible lit. teachers assign it for summer reading. this happens to be the reason i have to read it. peace of advice buy it on tape!

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