Waiting for Odysseus

Waiting for Odysseus

by Clemence McLaren

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Four women.
Four stories.
One man's journey.

Odysseus. His epic tale has been told countless times, but rarely is it heard through the voices of the women who loved and served him. Penelope, Circe, Athena, Eurycleia: Theirs are the silent voices, the voices of longing, waiting, strength. They are the women who moved him and motivated him. And now they shed new light on his age-old journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689867057
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 02/24/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 588,618
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Clemence McLaren writes:

"When I was a sixth grader, I used to read The Odyssey with a flashlight after I'd been sent to bed. I was both fascinated and frustrated when the women characters left their endless weaving to make brief, intriguing appearances in the men's hall. I always wanted to know how they felt about what was happening, but that was almost never revealed. Did Helen enjoy having the world's most beautiful face? Did Penelope blame her for launching the great war? And why did Circe keep changing men into pigs? I suppose I began retelling these stories to answer my own questions. When I became a teacher, I told my stories to my students, always embroidering on the characters' personalities.

"My fascination for Greece began with that early reading, and I grew up to live out my dreams for six years (on and off) in a tiny Greek village named Mylos, where we had a cottage between the one-room schoolhouse and the bakery.

"I now live in Hawaii, where I'm again studying the language and the legends, amazed at the parallels with Greek mythology. There's a Hawaiian Helen of Troy (named Hina), and a Polynesian equivalent to the Trojan horse (a wooden shark god, engineered to conceal enemy warriors). I'm still telling stories to my students, sharing my own passion for the classics and also teaching them to look more deeply for the silenced voices."

Clemence McLaren has also written Inside the Walls of Troy and Dance for the Land.

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Waiting for Odysseus 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Calypso. He washed up on Ogygia where she lives.
EmilyD More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. The writing was catchy and easy to follow, so it will only take you a couple hours or so to read this. It was interesting to see Odysseus' story told from all different points of view. To me, the most interesting part of the book was the portion told from the goddess Athena's point of view. This book wasn't completely mythologically accurate, but at least the author said she changed some things in the afterword. Esther M. Friesner, for example, completely botches up Greek myths in her books Nobody's Princess and Nobody's Prize (but she is still a very good writer). And believe it or not, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is also pretty mythologically inaccurate. So the point is, don't base your knowledge of Greek myths on YA fiction. My only criticism of this book is that McLaren kind of brushed over the actual Trojan War. I think it would have been really interesting to read about and was disappointed that the author skipped it. But, that could have to do with the fact that this is based on The Odyssey rather than The Iliad. Overall, this was a great book, and if you liked it I recommend Aphrodite's Blessings and Inside the Walls of Troy, also by this author.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is awesome! dont let anyone tell you otherwise! its romantic and adventurous..just the right combination for a fantastic book. i love to read so i know a good book when i see and read a book. READ IT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 9th grade student from Delaware MIlitary Academy and i was assigned as a summer reading projectto read this book. I myself could not stand it and thought that it was completly intolerable i would not recocmend this book to anybody beacause it was absolutly dreadful
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dimarie Garcia,TCHS,Class of 2008.Waiting For Odysseus by Clemence McLaren was incredibly written.This tragic but yet uplifting romatic tale was told through the eyes of the women Odysseus encountered. The story was filled with action,passion and even comedy. I personally have never been interested in Greek Mythology but I can honestly say I've read the book 3 times and enjoyed the story each time.I recommend this novel to any deep thinkers of any age, any one who truely wants to reveal the importance of family,love, and self awarness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waiting for Odysseus is one of the only greek novel written in the eyes of the women who lived through the greek period. As Clemence McLaren stated, 'I always wanted to know how the women felt about what was happening, but that was almost never revealed.' I believe Waiting for Odysseus was an excellent book which everyone should read.