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The Odyssey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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The Odyssey, by Homer, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classicsseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 20th 2004 by Barnes & Noble Classics (first published -700)
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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
Steve Sckenda
Sep 20, 2015 Steve Sckenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Adrift on the Wine-Dark Sea
A Greek warrior sails home after ten year’s fighting the Trojan War. But the brutality is not yet over, and the Olympian thirst for blood has not been slaked. Though Poseidon vows to drown Odysseus, Athena endows him with wisdom needed to find his way to Ithaca where his wife and son, Penelope and Telemachus, await his return and daily look to the wine dark sea for his sails.

The journey home steals a second decade from Odysseus’ life and will require the last measure of his courage and persevera
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

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
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
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
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
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
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.

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
J.G. Keely
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
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
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
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
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
Alice Poon

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
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

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
Miquel Reina
Although the Odyssey can't be understood without the Iliad, in my humble opinion I think these are two entirely different books. The Iliad is a denser, almost historic reading, more focused on events than in characters, whereas the Odyssey is built from a more modern structure, in which there's a main character (Ulysses) with a strong goal: TO GET HOME. The Odyssey is an ideal choice for all adventure and mythology fans and a must read for all those aspiring to become a writer because it's proba ...more
David Lentz
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
Sidharth Vardhan
Much like Achillies in Iliad, Ulysses is to be frequently seen weeping in Odyssey. With Achillies, it was always question of honor, with Ulysses, it is matter of home-sikness. He had all comforts when living with Calypso and yet, much like Dorothy, he too feels that there is no place like home.

I like the episode in Hades the best. The knowledge of the fact that his mother died while he was far away added to his misery but I think there is a poetical element in there too - for don't we deal with

Why so powerful a narrative?

- is it the mythological world? this tête-a-tête way of living between
gods and men?
...the voyages?
the longing for Home ...?
I know, as crazy as it sounds I didn't hate The Odyssey, in fact, at parts, I actually sorta/kinda liked it. I know, crazy. But whatever. Most people know what The Odyssey is about, and if they don't, they will. So, I am not going to waste time explaining it.

For those who have read it, here are my opinions:
Hate Penelope. Period. She is so whiny, and I am probably about to be shunned by the millions of Twilight fans, but she reminds me A LOT of Bella (cringe as fruit flies toward an unsuspecting

“Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns …
driven time and again off course, once he had plundered
the hallowed heights of Troy.”

I wouldn't have picked this up had it not been for my incipient interest in Mythology, and thus found myself enrolled in a MOOC which dealt with mythologies of the Greek and the Roman. To read this epic seemed like a daunting endeavor, but I was greatly surprised to find it so accessible, and save for a few bits here and there, I was fully engrossed and
Mike (the Paladin)
I read this fist ("of course" I suppose I should say) back in my "school days" I must say I "enjoyed" the Iliad more. Hey I was young and got into the battles...

Yeah I was a bit shallow. Still as an adventure story this reads very well. If you haven't read it you might consider it. After all, it's been around since about 800 BC. Pretty good track record.

This is one of the worlds great epic poems/stories, don't miss it.
Many years ago I tried many times to read this seemingly formidable Greek epic paperback (not this copy) published by Penguin translated by Professor E.V. Rieu but in vain, that is, I could focus on a few chapters and left it at that. Probably I didn’t have the right motive, I guessed then, I even thought I wouldn’t ever finish reading this fine, remarkable translation in English, not in the original at all. Therefore, since the middle of last May I’ve decided to read this handsome hardcover cha ...more
Mark Rayner
The Odyssey is a story about a homicidal maniac (Odysseus) who refuses to ask for directions. This tragic flaw, shared by many men, leads his crew to disaster. Some are eaten by monsters, some are eaten by their crew-mates, and some finally get fed up with this cruise from hell (literally at one point), and take a flight home.

Finally, Odysseus returns home, and is shocked, SHOCKED, to discover that after a 20-year absence, his wife is entertaining the possibility of remarrying.

Rosa Ramôa

Lealdade e fidelidade!
Sobre o relacionamento do homem com o cão!
Simples e forte.
Argos era cão de Ulisses que,20 anos depois,regressa a casa.
Ulisses encontra-o deitado,velho e cansado.
Argos reconhece-o imediatamente.
A pouca força apenas lhe permite abanar a cauda.
Não se pode levantar para cumprimentar o seu mestre.
Ulisses passa,comovido,e entra na sala.
Argos morre...
Tinham uma relação sincera que contrastava com o seu relacionamento com a esposa (Penélope).A ausênc
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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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