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The Odyssey of Homer (Oxford)

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This is the exciting story of Odysseus's epic journey home. After the fall of Troy, Odysseus sets sail for his island kingdom of Ithaca, not knowing that his voyage will take all of ten years. Along the way, he is to face many dangers, including the one-eyed giant Polyphemus, Circe's enchanted island, and the sirens who lure sailors to their death. He even journeys down in ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 17th 1991)
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Lauren
Nov 14, 2013 Lauren rated it liked it
Hm. On the one hand, it's not really fair to judge ancient stories by modern standards. But on the other hand, it actually is kinda fair, dammit. Odysseus, our hero, is essentially a giant gary-stu that everyone is in love with, and if you don't like him you can just fuck right off (quickly, or you will probably end up dead, just fyi). He can do no wrong, his son can do no wrong, his poor wife that is stuck in her house for 20 years thanks to shitty ancient greek patriarchal society (and because ...more
Adrià  Sant'anna
No me leí exactamente esta adaptación pero como no he encontrado la misma pues pongo esta que se asemeja bastante en el número de páginas.
Recuerdo que me gustó bastante porque en esa época estaba muy viciado a God of War y cualquier cosa que estuviera relacionado con la mitología griega me fascinaba.
Heather
As usual, Oxford children's editions prove their superiority. The writing is at a high enough level to stretch upper elementary readers and immerse them in wondrous words, but it is also clear enough for them to understand. Very little is omitted from the story of Odysseus as Homer presents it. My one quibble is that the order of Homer's narrative has been rearranged to approximate a more chronological order, so the first half of the book is packed with Odysseus' adventures (told in omniscient n ...more
Hector Ramirez
Oct 11, 2013 Hector Ramirez rated it it was amazing
The Odyssey by Homer is an exciting story that tells about Odysseus and his endless journey trying to reach home.

The book starts at the end of the Trojan war. The victorious Greeks begin their journey back home but one of those Greeks (Odysseus) is not so lucky. After ripping Polyphemus' eye, he prays to Poseidon to make sure Odysseus never returns home and if he does some how everyone won't know who he is. After many obstacles, he returns home only to find that nobody knows who he is. With th
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Rachel Worley
Oct 16, 2012 Rachel Worley rated it really liked it
I couldn't find the exact version of The Odyssey that I read (I read the version translated by Richard Lattimore). This is one of my favorite books of Ancient history... very interesting. This book had me wondereing what would happen to Odysseus next and I couldn't wait to read that part where he was reunited with his wife and son. My expectations were more than fulfilled... it had a very exciting and dramatic ending. I definitely want to re-read this one.
Hector
Jan 24, 2012 Hector rated it really liked it
I thought that the book has to be one of my favorites. Odysseus is one of those few Greek heroes who managed to still be alive after almost being destroyed by Poseidon. The back had a lot of action from the beginning to the end. I like how Odysseus kills the suitors at the end of story.
Kaykay
Jul 21, 2008 Kaykay rated it really liked it
This is a great retold version! Beautifully written!!! :-)
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Barbara Leonie Picard was born in Surrey, England, and lives now in Sussex. Her first book was published in 1949, and was followed by over twenty more, all of which received praise for the mature and thought-provoking fare they offered young readers. She is well-known for her re-tellings of Homer, Gilgamesh, and ancient myths for young readers.
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