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The Odyssey (edition 1999)

by Robert Fagles, Homer, Bernard Knox

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Title:The Odyssey
Authors:Robert Fagles
Other authors:Homer, Bernard Knox
Info:Penguin Classics (1999), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 560 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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The Odyssey by Homer

  1. 272
    The Iliad by Homer (caflores)
  2. 232
    The Aeneid by Virgil (caflores)
  3. 162
    The King Must Die by Mary Renault (alalba)
  4. 126
    Ulysses by James Joyce (chrisharpe)
  5. 60
    Homer's Daughter by Robert Graves (MarcusBrutus)
    MarcusBrutus: Robert Graves took the story of "The Odyssey's" authorship and expounds on the theory that it was written by a woman. This is a novel based on that idea.
  6. 62
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Gawain Poet (chrisharpe)
  7. 52
    The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel by Nikos Kazantzakis (lilithcat)
    lilithcat: Only Greece's greatest modern writer would have the nerve and ability to send Odysseus back on his journeying.
  8. 10
    Voyages and Discoveries: Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques & Discoveries of the English Nation by Richard Hakluyt (KayCliff)
  9. 32
    The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson (chrisharpe)
  10. 00
    Antigone / Oedipus at Colonus / Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (chwiggy)
  11. 77
    Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (BookWallah)
    BookWallah: Odysseus & Shackleton both had travails getting home from their epic voyages. Differences in their stories: The former’s took 17 years, lost all his men, & was told as epic poetry. The latter’s took 16 months, saved all his men, & is told as gripping biography.… (more)
  12. 33
    The Lost Books of The Odyssey: A Novel by Zachary Mason (slickdpdx)
  13. 37
    The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (Jitsusama)
    Jitsusama: An ancient classic revolving around Greek Myth. A great help to better understand the mythology of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
  14. 410
    Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorized Biography of T.E. Lawrence by Jeremy Wilson (KayCliff)
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I won't say too much about the actual story. Everyone already knows that stuff from freshman English and general knowledge of myths and literary tropes. It has monsters and heroes and true love and coming of age and an awesome scene with a trick arrow shot and 3 guys against the world. Give it a try if you haven't looked at it since you were 15.

I'm not sure I had ever read the whole Odyssey before. In any case, I now have heard the whole thing performed by Ian McKellen. I suppose Homer on audio book is about as close as I'll get to the original, unless someone can point me to someone who does the audio book in ancient Greek... McKellen's narration was great, but I bought the book to listen to while driving, and it put me to sleep. The story was really quite exciting, even if it did drag on a little when Odysseus was planning his suitor revenge. I guess we skipped that part in 9th grade English. But Gandalf's voice seemed to be more suited for bedtime stories than distracting me from traffic jams. I know what I'll be listening to when I can't get to sleep though.

The translation, by Robert Fagles, was excellent. There were some places where I was like "that seems really colloquial" but then I was glad because it really was easy to understand. I would use this translation if I ever needed to read Homer for some reason. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
Easy to read translation, the text itself does not take that long to read. The intro is full of good info but is a slog. I read this for weeks 1-4 of the coursera class Greek and Roman Mythology, which is why it took me so long to get through. The course is great, and I am gad to have read this complete poem—I believe I read a huge excerpt in a high school English class (eons ago).

It is a little weird to finally read something you actually know a lot about. ( )
  Dreesie | Oct 31, 2016 |
There are certainly some great episodes in the Odyssey, but after the incredible intensity of the Iliad, I found it somewhat tedious, and it took me a long time to finish. I liked Lombardo's translation of the Iliad very much, so I assume the fault is not his. ( )
1 vote datrappert | Oct 17, 2016 |
Wonderful classic adventure. Everyone should read at least once! ( )
  ceciliachard | Oct 17, 2016 |
I read Robert Fagles' translation. It is stellar. ( )
  bookofmoons | Sep 1, 2016 |
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Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.
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The Odyssey is the epic poem about the great adventurer Odysseus. After the great fall of Troy, Odysseus has some difficulties finding his way back to Ithaca. He encounters sirens, giants and many other mythical creatures and it takes him 10 years to find his way home. I enjoyed this book because it of the mythology and the adventure that it portrays and I think it is a good read.
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Greek hero of Troy
Takes long time getting back home
Having  adventures.
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Son wants his Paw home;
Paw away on business trip--
Sneaks home for bloodbath.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140268863, Paperback)

Robert Fagles's translation is a jaw-droppingly beautiful rendering of Homer's Odyssey, the most accessible and enthralling epic of classical Greece. Fagles captures the rapid and direct language of the original Greek, while telling the story of Odysseus in lyrics that ring with a clear, energetic voice. The story itself has never seemed more dynamic, the action more compelling, nor the descriptions so brilliant in detail. It is often said that every age demands its own translation of the classics. Fagles's work is a triumph because he has not merely provided a contemporary version of Homer's classic poem, but has located the right language for the timeless character of this great tale. Fagles brings the Odyssey so near, one wonders if the Hollywood adaption can be far behind. This is a terrific book.

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A new translation of the epic poem retells the story of Odysseus's ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.

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