The Iliad and The Odyssey (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Iliad and The Odyssey (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

Hardcover(Bonded Leather)


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ISBN-13: 9781435110434
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 08/18/2008
Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Edition description: Bonded Leather
Pages: 752
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.75(d)

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The poet we know as Homer may have been merely the vague personification of a school of epic poets. If an actual person, he probably lived during the first half of the eighth century B.C. He may have dictated his poems to a literature associate or written them down himself.

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics The Iliad and The Odyssey (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 135 reviews.
Rowena_Ravenclaw More than 1 year ago
First, if you're not familiar with these kinds of texts, you may be rather put off. The writing style is not remotely similar to a book you would purchase today. If you know in advance how these types of books were written and passed down, I think you'll agree this one was well done. I still have some greek literature from college, and while I wasn't bored, I am not a fan of the poetry style of writing which is so prevalent in this era. I like poems; I like novels; I rarely like them mixed. The fact that this is written as prose and not poetry was immensely more satisfying that my college books. I have yet to finish The Iliad (have you seen the size of this book?), but The Odyssey was a pleasant read. I was not dramatically thrilled, nor was I on the edge of the seat, but I still wanted to know - Would Odysseus make it home? Would the suitors get theirs? Of course most readers know the outcome before they even open the book, but the read itsself made it worth waiting until the end to find out. I wanted to actually see Odysseus make it home, and I waited impatiently for the suitors to get their comeuppance. It moves at it's own leisurely pace, and isn't for those who like break-neck speed in their novels. I like those too; but this is for a different type of read. The leather hardcover edition was excellently priced, making it almost a crime to pass up. It is an excellent addition to a home library, and a great gift for someone whom you know would appreciate this volume in their own. All in all, a very good read, a great price, and a great recommendation for your library or a friend's.
Treasure_Reader More than 1 year ago
Rarely do you see these classic pieces of literature rendered with such sophisticated elegance and beauty, faithfully honoring and respecting the equally unique, creative literary material loved by generations of readers. I have been enjoying them all, and eagerly look forward to each new addition to the series. Hopefully, the publisher (who appears to be unreachable) will keep releasing more of these fine collected works, including such classic writers as Baum, Milne, Kipling, Twain, London, Melville, Hemingway, Stoker, Shelley, as well as other poets like Virgil, Longfellow, Keats, Eliot, Hawthorne, and Blake. Time will tell, but hope is alive. Get on board with these fantastic masterpieces of literature, and be swept away in worlds of imagination!
claraone More than 1 year ago
I have bought and read this book a few times. I just love this story. I love the mithology, the gods getting involved with the people, the true and tried characters, so unforgettable. This edition is so gorgeous I could not pass it up. The modern english translation makes it very easy and enjoyable to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I saw this edition of Homers Epics I knew I had to have it. I read The Odyssey & They Iliad in high school & absolutely fell in love. If you like your epics to be left in poetry format, this book is not for you, since it's written as prose. I enjoy them either way, & will continue to re-read my favorite epics. The cover is absolutely beautiful, a rich blue with contrasting gold accents. I look forward to seeing the rest of B&N leatherbound classics on my shelves.
Eli_Stovall More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this book. Only thing I don't like about this one is that The Odyssey starts out with the captivity of Odysseus by Calypso. Would have liked it from the start (right after the siege of Troy and the Trojan Horse). Otherwise, a good read.
crystalCA More than 1 year ago
Of course the story is it for a gift for my husband as we are creating a library of our favorites. I know there was some reviews about the poor binding....but it looks fabulous!!!!!!
wendlz23 More than 1 year ago
homer was a well versed writer. His book comes to life. If you like stories and greek myths this is where to start. It is poetry style writing and he is one of the oldest writers of greek myths. THis is where others get their stories, so i prefer to read these before other stories. the book is beautifully bound and the font is a decent size. its worth the buy.
PapaAnka More than 1 year ago
A forever classic. Great morality lots of egos, and how they played out on a world stage. Talk about the "Good the Bad and the Ugly" it is all here. Action, adventure, etc..
rjcjmom More than 1 year ago
Terrific modern version of a true classic! Only gripe is the way the cover was done. It is very detailed and quite pretty, but the blue color is a bit intense for my eyes and the contrasting circle picure on the front board is a bit jarring by comparison. Very minor gripe for a very great book.
cagebox More than 1 year ago
This is a nice prose traslation, but i bought this mainly for the quality of the book. I really like the edition and it is great to have them both in one beautiful leather bound book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is easily one of the best books I've ever bought. I was incredibly sad when I saw that they don't print this one any more. This edition has a beautiful illustrated map in the front cover, giving the reader a great idea of where the action happens. Nice, easy to read font, and a beautiful outside cover. Much more beautiful that the new one that Barnes and Noble is selling. I hope they start printing this one again! *wink, wink, Barnes and Noble*
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Unfortunately this version of The Iliad and The Odyssey are not in verse, they're written in Prose -- Which detracts greatly from how the story flows.  If Barnes and Noble decided to reprint the book with in Verse (or using a Fagle's translation) I would give it 6/5 stars.  It's a real shame, because the book is absolutely gorgeous, but if you want to read these works, I'd highly recommend reading it in Verse. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm glad I hit the 'preview' button; I expected the version of The Iliad and The Odyssey in the Barnes & Noble Classics collection to be in verse, not prose. I prefer my epics in verse, thank you. And finding out that the Odyssey isn't the full version while reading the reviews disappoints me greatly as well. I would have expected better from one of the top book stores in the country. On the other hand, the book is gorgeous, and the stories themselves are always worth a read. What I dislike is the poor choice of translations that Barnes & Noble made.
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BarbsZ More than 1 year ago
I have never read Homer and I couldn't put this book down. As as an avid fan of Greek mythology, I wasn't disappointed. This book is great value and for those collecting the Leatherbound Classics, this book is sure to please. This edition would make a great gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited upon hearing that B&N had this in their beautiful leather-bound, $20 series. So I put it on hold right away and took it home with me. It is wrapped in plastic, so I couldn't have seen the inside anyways. Upon opening however, I was dismayed to find absolutely no poetry at all, which was what I was so eagerly expecting, especially as addition to the beautiful manner of binding and physical form that it's held in. What's the point of a classic, decked out in beauty and leather-bound, if the insides look and read like a plain, any other book? What if they took the poetry from Shakespeare?! I believe the Iliad is an epic of such that deserves to stay true to the form that preserves it's emotive power. The insides of this version are pretty drab and boring. No stanzas, no exclamation marks, no variation, just blocks of text throughout. The dialogue is indistinguishable from the rest of the text except by the quote marks. And because of the format, (which I'm pretty sure necessitated no work at all) and the translation, no words stand out when I glance at any page. No sentence captures my eye and at once draws me in. What a pity. If you are looking for the true to form poetry stanzas and dialogue, you'll have to find another copy.
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