In the tumultuous aftermath of the Trojan War, a young man battles to save his home and his inheritance. Setting out to find his father, he ends up discovering himself.
Telemachus's journey takes him across the landscape of bronze-age Greece in the aftermath of the great Trojan war. Veterans hide out in the hills. Chieftains, scarred by war, hoard their treasure in luxurious palaces. Ithaca re-tells Homer’s famous poem, The Odyssey, from the point of view of Odysseus’ resourceful and troubled son, describing Odysseus’s extraordinary voyage from Troy to the gates of hell, and Telemachus’s own journey from boyhood to the desperate struggle that wins back his home … and his father.
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About the Author
Patrick Dillon is a writer and award-winning architect. He is the author of 7 books, including Truth, Lies, Gin: The Much-Lamented Death of Madam Geneva, and The Last Revolution. Patrick Dillon has been fascinated by Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey since studying it at school, and has traveled extensively in Greece. He lives in London with his family, dividing his time between writing and architecture.
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Ithaca: A Novel of Homer's Odyssey based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This book review will be short and sweet. Not because I didn't like the story or because it's been done before. It's because when it comes to mythology and the stories of Odysseus and his son Telemachus, I can't be angry or cruel. I've always been a lover of Greek tellings, but this one is more than adventure. It was all about how a young boy became a man, without his father there to show him. Telemachus wanted to defend his mother, Penelope from those seeking to marry her, he he but also wanted to know if his father was still alive, after the whole Troy incident. He wasn't a brute just curious. He was a boy needing his father. He needed to believe his father was still alive and so he headed out to find him. The story was more of an emotional trial than an actual adventure. It's great if you want to go to your next college course on mythology, but it was no Jason and the Argonauts or The Battle of Thermopylae. It's just character building, honestly. Not bad but not good for me, the reader. I gave the book a decent rating, but not one I'd say, "Oh man- you have to read this!" Cheers! *http://www.areneehunt.com Ithaca Patrick Dillon Pegasus Books July 5, 2016
I'm a sucker for Greek mythology. Seriously, for someone who has no desire to study it extensively and make a career out of it, I know more than the average person. I have all the classical writings of Greek philosophers (though I've yet to read them because the set I own is so old I'm terrified I'll ruin the books). Whenever I see anything representing the mythology I eagerly wait to see if I can be that annoying person who points out the inaccuracies of the portrayal. So when I saw this beauty pop up, complete with the homage to Greek culture with that classically designed cover, I was hooked. I wanted it, badly. I was very very lucky to get a copy and I am so happy I did. Because this is the perfect kind of book to get someone disinterested in history and mythology interested in it. It's language is simple and the plot is easy to follow. The author didn't throw too many names out too soon, so there was no confusion (the ancient Greeks had way too many "Eu" starting names. Glad that's not popular anymore.) More importantly, it tells Odysseus's story in such a way that seems much more believable. Not a man who encountered all sorts of monsters and goddesses. Merely a young man who wasn't ready to come home and then found out just how much he missed it. It's the story of the man who ran out on his wife and then realized what a terrible mistake it was. It's less dazzling, sure. But what I loved is that the author took an epic and made it more human and closer to home. Telemachus's story is a fairly uneventful one, at least at first. Yet it's still fascinating and tainted with all the bloodsport you expect from a Grecian story. I loved every minute of it.
I received an eArc of this book from NetGalley. I gave this three stars for one reason and one reason only, for me there wasn’t enough. I really wanted more, especially from the relationship between Telemachus and Odysseus. I felt that there wasn’t enough development in their relationship. I loved how Telemachus, on his journey to find his father, really grew up and developed as a character. I also loved how Telemachus, in a sense was able to get to know his father from the stories that he was told from those who knew his father. Despite the three star rating, I did enjoy this book.
(There may be spoilers) " Nothing saps courage like uncertainty, and from what I hear of affairs in Ithaca, you will need all your courage" This is the story that started it all, that has stood the test of time. It's where we may hear the myth of the Trojan Horse; a tale of a man who took almost 20 years to return home. It is the story of war and rememberance. At its heart it is the story of the man who returned from war with battle scars, a wounded soul, and the love of a woman who never gave up. The author isquick to thank his classics teacher in the acknowledgements as the one who taught him that The Odyssey is as much about Telemachus as it is about Odysseus, his father. Here is a boy brought up as in a widows' household. No one offers to teach him how to survive, how to fight. No one gives him the courage to defend his mother Penelope outright. These "suitors" want what they want. They know the "man of the house" is but a "soft" boy they treat as a plaything. Then, their plaything screws up his courage, "grows a pair", and goes off to find his father, or at least to find out what the heck happened, and it dawns on the "suitors" that this plaything of theirs might just rived where others have failed. Telemachus and his crew follow Oddysseus' route. He learns that some of what his father is is true, with others he learns the myth might hide someone he really doesn't know. Meanwhile, Odysseus washes up on shore, so badly beaten by his journey to be unrecognizable. Still spinning tales to hide his identity he finally feels he can be honest enough to get back to Ithaca and figure what to do next. No one believes it is him. This is some ol' geezer, not the mythic man. And the baby he's never seen is a grown man who takes pity on the fearful soul.And together they figure out a way to live "ever after". I unabashidly tell everyone The Oddysey is my favorite book of all time. IMHO, it is a tale of war seeking peace. A book such as Patrick Dillion's Ithaca can open this story to new readers. This is a book to read, and reread, in any form you can find it( I own several versions). Its a true joy.