The Odysseyby Mr Samuel Butler
Ten years have passed since the fall of Troy, and the Greek hero Odysseus still has not returned to his kingdom in Ithaca. A large and rowdy mob of suitors who have overrun Odysseus's palace and pillaged his land continue to court his wife, Penelope. She has remained faithful to Odysseus. Prince Telemachus, Odysseus's son, wants desperately to throw them out but does not have the confidence or experience to fight them. One of the suitors, Antinous, plans to assassinate the young prince, eliminating the only opposition to their dominion over the palace.
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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.
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.
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!