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The Odyssey

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'Muse, tell me of a man: a man of much resource, who was made to wander far and long, after he had sacked the sacred city of Troy. Many were the men whose lands he saw and came to know their thinking: many too the miseries at sea, which he suffered in his heart, as he sought to win his own life and the safety of his companions.' Recounting the epic journey home of Odysseus ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 367 pages
Published 1987 by Penguin Books (first published -800)
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Alexander I would think most translations of The Odyssey challenging for a 6th grader. However there are a number of good versions done for this age group,…moreI would think most translations of The Odyssey challenging for a 6th grader. However there are a number of good versions done for this age group, notably "The Wanderings of Odysseus" by Rosemary Sutcliffe. Her version captures The Odyssey very well, and having read that a 6th grader might be ready for the real thing (at least in English).(less)

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So my first “non-school related" experience with Homer’s classic tale, and my most powerful impression, beyond the overall splendor of the story, was...HOLY SHIT SNACKS these Greeks were a violent bunch. Case in point:
...they hauled him out through the doorway into the court,
lopped his nose and ears with a ruthless knife,
tore his genitals out for the dogs to eat raw
and in manic fury hacked off hands and feet.
then once they’d washed their own hands and feet
they went inside again to join ody
"Okay, so here's what happened. I went out after work with the guys, we went to a perfectly nice bar, this chick was hitting on me but I totally brushed her off. Anyway we ended up getting pretty wrecked, and we might have smoked something in the bathroom, I'm not totally clear on that part, and then this gigantic one-eyed bouncer kicked us out so we somehow ended up at a strip club. The guys were total pigs but not me, seriously, that's not glitter on my neck. And then we totally drove right by ...more

I have read The Odyssey three times. The first was not really a read but more of a listen in the true oral tradition. During embroidery class one of us, young girls on the verge of entering the teens, would read a passage while the rest were all busy with our eyes and fingers, our needles and threads. All learning to be future Penelopes: crafty with their crafts, cultivated, patient and loyal. And all wives.

The second read was already as an adult. That time I let myself be led by the adventures
Renato Magalhães Rocha
It's impossible not to smile when you start reading such a classic and, after only the first few pages, you realize and completely understand why it's regarded as one of the most important works in literature. I'm always a little anxious when I tackle such important and renowned books for being afraid of not comprehending or loving them - War and Peace and Don Quixote, for example - as they seem to deserve. Not that I'm obligated to like them, but I always feel such buzz comes for a reason and I ...more
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السلام عليكم أيها المحاربون !
السلام ! السلام !
قبل أن تجري دماؤكم أنهارًا

********** ********** **********

الأوديسة طغى فيها روح الأنثوية الرقيقة العذبة ، مستمدة من
" بنلوب " زوجة أوديسيوس و من " منيرڤا " ربة الحكمة و
حارسة أوديسيوس

تبدأ الملحمة بنهاية حصار طروادة وبدء عودة المحاربين
إلى بيوتهم، لكن بسبب غضب إله البحر بوسيدون على
أوليس ، تمتلئ رحلته بالمشاكل التي يضعها في طريقه
بوسيدون أو بسبب تهور بحارته . يبقى في رحلته مدة
عشر سنوات يواجه خلالها الكثير من المخاطر، وطوال
هذه الفترة تبقى زوجت
Riku Sayuj

I started this as I was told it is essential reading if I ever want to give a shot at reading Ulysses. I was a bit apprehensive and spent a long time deciding on which translation to choose. Finally it was Stephen's review that convinced me to go for the Robert Fagles' version. I have no way of judging how good a decision that was.

This translation, by Robert Fagles, is of the Greek text edited by David Monro and Thomas Allen, first published in 1908 by the Oxford University Press. This two-volum
Glenn Russell
Nov 27, 2015 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ever since I first read Homer’s Odyssey and the adventures of Odysseus back in my school days, three of his adventures have fired my imagination: The Lotus Eaters, The Cyclops and the Sirens, most especially the Sirens. I just did revisit these sections of this Greek epic and my imagination was set aflame yet again. How much, you ask? I’d like to share this microfiction of mine published a number of years ago:

The Sirens

This happened back in those days when I was a member of an experimental perfo
Roy Lotz
To this day, the most interesting research project that I’ve ever done was the very first. It was on the Homeric Question.

I was a sophomore in college—a student with (unfortunate) literary ambitions who had just decided to major in anthropology. By this point, I had at least tacitly decided that I wanted to be a professor. In my future lay the vast and unexplored ocean of academia. What was the safest vessel to travel into that forbidden wine-dark sea? Research.

I signed up for a reading project
Aug 23, 2016 Pink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do you start with a book such as this? An epic tale that has been around for almost three thousand years. I have no idea. What I do know is that I read it and loved it. I had little foreknowledge of the story and I haven't looked into the meanings or history too deeply. Instead I've tried to appreciate the story on it's own merits, getting swept away like Odysseus on the sea. There were quiet contemplative events and dramatic battles, personal struggles and wider societal issues. Gods and ...more
Aug 12, 2015 [P] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
My parents split when I was very young. The arrangement they made between them was that my brother and I would spend the weekends with our father, but would live, during the week, with my mother. One winter, when I was ten years old, it started to snow heavily and gave no indication of stopping any time soon. It was a Sunday morning and my brother and I were due to leave dad’s and return to what, for us, was home. The snow, however, had other ideas.

To go home we had to catch two buses. The first
I first read extracts of the Odyssey in junior high and high school and some years later purchased the highly acclaimed Fitzgerald translation. It is a masterpiece that brings out the strengths of this iconic story of the voyage of Ulysses from the fall of Troy back to his native Ithaca and his beloved and besieged Penelope. The story is highly readable and full of adventure and misadventure, monsters and heroes and ultimately a triumphant voyage home. Yes, it is very masculine in perspective so ...more
Nov 06, 2009 Everyman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Odyssey is, well, the Odyssey. Beyond being a tremendously exciting read, it is a foundational work in Western literature.

It is a glorious story of love and war, gods and humans, adventure in and around the Mediterranean (and, some argue, out to the West Indies). On the surface simply the story of Odysseus's adventures after the fall of Troy, it is a rich tapestry of places, characters, and creatures which have entered into the basic language of Western literature.

For academic study of the
Oct 26, 2016 Owlseyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ὀδύσσεια dreamers
Recommended to Owlseyes by: OlympusGODS
Shelves: greek-lit

"So Pallas spake, and breathed into his frame
Strength irresistible."

Why so powerful a narrative?

- is it the mythological world?
this tête-a-tête way of living
gods and men?

...the voyages?

the longing for Home ...?
J.G. Keely
Aug 18, 2009 J.G. Keely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's funny how many people feel intimidated by this book. Sure, it's thousands of years old, and certainly Greek culture has some peculiarities, but the book is remarkably, sometimes surprisingly modern, and most translations show the straightforward simplicity of the story.

Perhaps like The Seventh Seal, The Odyssey has gotten a reputation for being difficult because it has been embraced by intellectuals and worse, wanna-be intellectuals. But like Bergman's classic film, The Odyssey is focused o
Vit Babenco
Jul 31, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It is generally understood that a modern-day book may honorably be based upon an older one, especially since, as Dr. Johnson observed, no man likes owing anything to his contemporaries. The repeated but irrelevant points of congruence between Joyce's Ulysses and Homer's Odyssey continue to attract (though I shall never understand why) the dazzled admiration of critics,” – The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim by Jorge Luis Borges.
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is don
Jan 14, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is good stuff, and it was good to fill in the blanks between the scattered books I had already read and the ideas of the narrative that I picked up from the cultural consciousness. I think I like it more than The Iliad even though it's noticeably less gay.
Oh no, I didn’t! Did I just give Homer’s Odyssey 3 stars?! (Well, 3.5 really) What gall! Who the hell do I think I am?! Believe me, I am as shocked as you are. I thought I would end up liking this much more than its twin The Iliad, but the opposite turned out to be the case. Don’t get me wrong, Homer’s a great writer…he’s got a real future in the industry! (I kid, I kid) But seriously, while the Odyssey certainly contains more down to earth concerns than the vast epic of blood, guts and glory th ...more
May 02, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

My knowledge of classical literature and mythology is sadly lacking. The main reason I decided to tackle The Odyssey is because I want to read Ulysses and I gather that a passing acquaintance with this work will make that experience more meaningful.

Listening to Ian McKellen reading the Robert Fagles' translation made me regret my lack of education in the classics. I have no way of assessing the merits of Fagles' work, but I would love be to be able to read this epic poem in the language in whic
Nelson Zagalo
Ler um livro com mais de 2700 anos e sentir prazer genuíno com a sua leitura é por si só admirável, e leva-me a constatar de imediato que: o seu criador era alguém extremamente dotado na arte narrativa; e que existe uma estrutura base no modo como contamos histórias que se tem mantido bastante estável ao longo dos últimos milénios.

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“Odisseia” e “Ilíada” são comumente reconhecidos como os poemas épicos, ou histórias completas, mais antigos
Dec 17, 2011 Madeline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Before buying a copy of this (Richard Lattimore's translation, fyi) in a secondhand bookstore, I had a passing familiarity with The Odyssey. My introduction to the story, as was the case with a lot of classic literature, was provided by the PBS show Wishbone (you have not lived until you've seen a Jack Russell terrier in a toga firing an arrow through twelve axe heads, trust me on this). Then in high school, one of my English classes read some selections from the poem - I remember reading the Cy ...more
Jan 23, 2009 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a marvelous poem. Everyone knows that. It has survived centuries - milennia. Now, thanks to Robert Fagles's brilliant and vivid translation, no reader should ever feel overwhelmed or literarily (word?) excluded by the Odyssey. While reading it, I learned that a) Greek men weep constantly, b) Greek hospitality is awesome and one receives many presents, c) Odysseus and Penelope's son Telemachus is pretty constantly an ass to his mother.

As the story winds down and Odysseus returns to Penel
I have no idea how to review this book which has been discussed by millions of others over the past almost 3000 years. So I plan to keep this brief. This was so enjoyable! I found Knox's introduction very helpful and Fagles' translation smooth and very much a pleasure to read. Some of the descriptions were simply beautiful (I'm remembering Calypso"s cave), emotional (the reunions with family), powerful (the battles with the suitors, and eerie (the visit to The Underworld).

I recommend that everyo
Alice Poon
Jul 29, 2016 Alice Poon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics

The version that I read was the Robert Fagles translation and I liked the simplicity and the music of the language. It was like a fantasy story told in the lyrics of a song. I enjoyed both the verse-like form and the roller-coaster narrative, some episodes of which incidentally called to mind similar scenes in the Chinese classical novel Journey to the West (for example, the episode about Nymph Calypso keeping Odysseus a captive is very similar to the scene where a lair of seductive spider spir
Jun 21, 2015 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, mythologies
Note that in what follows all book and line references are to the Fagles translation.

In the classic Star Trek episode “Errand of Mercy” there is a scene toward the end that my readings of The Iliad and The Odyssey brought to mind and prompted the comment made in the Comments earlier, i.e., “the Klingons are ancient Greeks.” The Organians have revealed themselves to be super-evolved, incorporeal beings and have put a stop to the “insane war,” as Ayelborne calls it, the Klingons and the Federation
Aug 29, 2016 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Volver, con la frente marchita, las nieves del tiempo platearon mi sien. Sentir, que es un soplo la vida, que veinte años no es nada, que febril la mirada, errante en las sombras, te busca y te nombra. Vivir, con el alma aferrada, a un dulce recuerdo que lloro otra vez."

Concuerdo totalmente con el periodista y traductor Joan Casas, cuando en el prólogo de esta edición nos dice que si se hubieran reunido temas y canciones para una banda de sonido de este libro, hubiera sido su tema principal "Vo
Apr 27, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Άνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον.."

Αριστουργηματικό έργο,το οποίο διαβαζοντας επιτέλους ολόκληρο μπόρεσα να καταλάβω καλύτερα και να εκτιμήσω!Δεν είναι τυχαίο το ότι αποτέλεσε έμπνευση για τόσα έργα τέχνης,ποιήματα,ταινίες,μουσική..

Αγαπημένη ραψωδία η λ,"Νέκυια",ειδικά ο διάλογος μεταξύ του Οδυσσέα και του Αχιλλέα,που αποτυπώνει την απελπισία του θανάτου:

"Ας τα, Οδυσσέα τρανέ, κι ο θάνατος δεν παίρνει παρηγοριά!
Κάλλιο στη γης να ξενοδούλε
υα ξωμάχος, ρογιασμένος ἢ σε αφέντη που 'χασε τον κλή

The Odyssey is a book that in many ways must be read in conjuncture with Homer's The Iliad. Like that other work of poetry, it is an epic tale of fantasy with great truths for humanity as it stands today. The Iliad is generally considered to be the earlier of the two works (if you accept that Homer was a single individual) due to the fact that this, The Odyssey, contains a story which begins after the events of The Iliad. However, where The Iliad is a story of conflict and tragedy, full of patho
João Fernandes

"Sing, Muse, of the man of twists and turns, driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy"

So begins The Odyssey, Homer's sequel to The Iliad, the song of Odysseus, King of Ithaca, and his desperate attempt to return to his home, to his wife and his son.

It would be unfair and idiotic to try and compare The Odyssey with its predecessor: what one lacks the other more than makes up for. The Odyssey lacks the power and pace of The Iliad, as it is not a war so
David Lentz
Apr 28, 2015 David Lentz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lately, the wandering of my reading has taken me home to Homer, once again. I began by reading “Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller, a novel which I can’t recommend more highly, and from there to “The Iliad” in a translation by Robert Graves. Then I moved onto “The Odyssey” and this time read from the Lattimore translation after having previously studied at length the Fitzgerald translation. Homer proves that the test of time is a valid one: that is, there is a reason that the writing has endur ...more
آخرین سفر اودیسئوس

تصور عمومی این است که پایان سفر "اودیسئوس"، جایی ست که با شادی و خوشحالی به آغوش خانواده اش بر می گردد.
اما این پایان نیست. نه برای اودیسئوس، نه. برای اودیسئوس این تازه آغاز اصلی ترین ماجراست. اودیسئوسی که "کوکلوپس" غول یک چشم را کور کرد، اودیسئوسی که از دهان هیولای دریا "خاروبدیس" بیرون جست، اودیسئوسی که با "پوزئیدون" خدای دریا پنجه در پنجه افکند، اودیسئوسی که یارانش را از هزار مهلکه گذراند، حال باید بنشیند و همسرش "پنه لوپه" را تماشا کند که چطور آرام آرام پارچه می بافد و پسر ج
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In the Western classical tradition, Homer (Greek: Όμηρος) is considered the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.
When he lived is unknown. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time,
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