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Preview — The Lost Books of The Odyssey by Zachary Mason
The Lost Books of The Odyssey
A brilliant and beguiling reimagining of one of our greatest myths by a gifted young writer, Zachary Mason’s brilliant and beguiling debut novel, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, reimagines Homer’s classic story of the hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy. With brilliant prose, terrific imagination, and dazzling literary skill, Mason creates alterna...more
What if Odysseus was a coward, whose actions ultimately resulted in the defeat of both sides, and he spent the next ten years disguised as a bard, telling the tale that became the Odyssey that we know to ...more
how he wrings from the original more and more and more... and yet the w ...more
The book doesn't disappoint, as long as you go in with an open mind. It's a long series of imaginative snapshots of the Odyssey, most from wildly unorthodox perspectives. What makes Odysseus so different from his other heroic peers is that he g ...more
it's not really written as a novel, though, despite the subtitle. it's written as a series of short stories, or meditations, or just beautifully-drawn word pictures. my impression of the book overall is that it's like a year of dreams, all based on the Iliad or the Odyssey; each night, something a little different, remembered in greater or lesser detail.
you get the story of the cyclops; how things might look if Penelope ...more
It is hard not to compare this to Borges, particularly in the more meta-fictional tales (which I, of course, loved). To give you an example, ...more
The book bears more than a passing resemblance to David Eagleman’s Sum, in gimmick as well as in tone. Both Eagleman and Mason are s ...more
When we think of the acceleration of the city space in the wake of the industrial revolution, do we think of silent films? Or radio plays? I would argue Joyce and Woolf expressed the age better than anyone else thr ...more
We’ve all read Homer’s Odyssey, or at least as a culture we’ve been hearing about it for the last several thousand years. Odysseus, the clever, long-suffering hero of the Trojan War, takes ten years to get home to his faithful wife Penelope, having a seemingly endless series of life-threatening and erotic adventures along the way. It’s an epic feast of Freudian symbolism, a middle-aged fantasy of resilient ingenuity and potency, a tale of ident ...more