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The Odyssey

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With its inspired counterpointing of Homeric and Caribbean themes, Derek Walcott's new play, commissioned by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, springs from the same imaginative sources as his epic poem Omeros.

Episodes of the story of Odysseus' protracted wanderings from fallen Troy to his island home of Ithaca are pungently interspersed with a commentary by the blind si
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Jun 30, 2010 Jenn rated it really liked it
I liked the twists on the traditional story of the Odyssey, but I especially liked that the bard, Billy Blue, spoke in an island dialect, as did the servants.
Niamh Kelly
Oct 26, 2015 Niamh Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to read this for my Origins & Transformations module at Uni and I really did not like it.
Half the time characters were talking it was like the conversation didn't flow because one character would say one thing then the other would say something that didn't sound like it was of any relevance to what the former said.
Another problem I had was I struggled to imagine it being staged and seeing as this is a play... that's not very good.
Sep 18, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walcott reinvents the Odyssey by breathing Caribbean language into Homer's epic, all the while remaining true to the story itself (at least the high points, as the stage version is dramatically shorter). I love the double meaning implied in lines such as that of Captain Mentes when he says of Odysseus's tricks: "I too saw the wooden horse blocking the stars." There a great declamations like that of Menelaus ("What are men? Children who doubt.") and the Philosopher ("The future happens. No matter ...more
Michael Pennington
Fantastic. I loved the interweaving of the st Lucian vernacular with Homer's mythology.
Asma Fedosia
Oct 09, 2010 Asma Fedosia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story parallels Homer's "Odyssey", the twenty-year, sea-going adventure of the Trojan hero and his reclaiming the kingship of Ithaca from the hundred-plus suitors intent upon it and upon wooing Penelope his wife. In this stage version of the epic, Walcott introduces Caribbean dialogue and plays with double word meanings. Well worth the reading by a Nobel Laureate.
Aug 20, 2011 Stuart rated it it was amazing
I love this adaptation of the ODYSSEY. It is almost complete, it is stunningly beautiful, and having done it myself, it is also very stage-able, with lots of room for actors and directors and designers to move and play.
Oct 19, 2008 meeners rated it it was amazing
Shelves: play, mythology
what can i say? every single line is a thing of utter beauty. every single line.
Apr 01, 2007 elsbeth rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Derek Walcott is amazing--but we all knew that already.
Sep 12, 2007 Pinky rated it really liked it
A beautiful version of the classic in the Caribbean.
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Derek Walcott is a Caribbean poet, playwright, writer and visual artist. Born in Castries, St. Lucia, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment."

His work, which developed independently of the schools of magic realism emerging in both South America and Europe at around the time
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