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The Odyssey (Graphic Classics)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  5,928 ratings  ·  252 reviews
With bold imagery and an ear tuned to the music of Homer’s epic poem, Gareth Hinds reinterprets the ancient classic as it’s never been told before.

"Gareth Hinds brings THE ODYSSEY to life in a masterful blend of art and storytelling. Vivid and exciting, this graphic novel is a worthy new interpretation of Homer’s epic."
—Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson & the O
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Candlewick (first published January 1st 2010)
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Cait Grace
I always find mythology endlessly interesting and this is no exception! I liked this story a lot. It did take me a while to warm up. At the beginning I just wasn't really caring and all the Greek names confused me. BUT. Like I said, mythology is cool and I always learn better with pictures. I knew most of Odyssey's story vaguely, but now I feel like I have a better grasp on it. (Although I read the author's note and he said he took a lot of creative liberties, but whatever. It's all Greek to me. ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Gareth Hinds undertakes the task of adapting The Odyssey, the tale of Odysseus's long journey home after the Trojan War, into graphic novel format.

I wish this had been around when I was wading through The Odyssey in high school (and maybe college? I can't remember). I don't know what translation we read, but we needed a translation of it. I think most of us had only vague ideas about what was going on, and we probably only figured those out after the teacher spoon-fed them to us.

The Odyssey is p
I have never really been interested in reading graphic novels. They just seem like a bit of a cop out -- a lazy, unimaginative substitute to real reading. But when I saw this book at my small city library I suddenly had to re-evaluate my thinking.

I had attempted reading The Iliad a few years ago with high hopes of reading it and then The Odyssey shortly thereafter, but after a dozen or so pages of real difficulty I gave it up. But I really did want to learn and understand the story. So, a few ye
As far as the text goes, it's a pretty good adaptation of The Odyssey. Hinds hit all of the highlights, and some of the less well-remembered details. The writing is easily readable, but still feels like ancient Greece, which is a nice trick. It also looks like ancient Greece, at least to me. That said, the art is not of a uniform quality throughout. Mostly, it's very good, but there are some panels that just look rushed. It's possible that I just might not be a big fan of Hinds's style.
I read this on Jenny Paulsen's recommendation as an entry text for teaching Fitzgerald's translation. She suggested my ninth-graders read this first, then select a book (chapter) to read in the Fitzgerald. I'm excited about how accessible this graphic novel is, and yet how true to the original it adheres. I've asked my administrator for a classroom set. Wish me luck.
I've never read the original version of The Odyssey, but I very much enjoyed this. Loved the watercolor. It's inspiring me to seek out some more graphic novels. Anyone have any suggestions?

Read this for my Journey Narratives class.
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
The art was gorgeous but I found myself really having to push myself to finish reading it. I could see this as being used successfully in teaching a course to teens about the Odyssey and also as a gift for big fans of the story, but I can't really see teens just picking this up.

(As a side note, in terms of forcing myself to finish it, I always get worked up over stories where the man gets to traipse around having adventures - including shacking up with various ladies - while the wife has to sit
Mike Fiore
"The Odyssey", originally an Epic poem by the Ancient Greek writer and poet Homer, tells the tale of the war hero Odysseus and his struggles to return home from Ithaca from the great Trojan War. Along the way, Odysseus's son Telemachus attempts to track down information on his father's whereabouts and drive the suitors hounding his mother for marriage out of their home. It seems as though Gareth Hinds used the original Epic poem as the inspiration for the graphic novel rather than one of the man ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist.

A stunning, scholarly reinterpretation of Homer's Odyssey. Hinds has used as background material his favourite translations, then putting them aside used more prosaic translations to help him reinterpret Homer into the graphic novel format where text needs to be more sparse to meet with illustration in telling the story. I have read many, many retellings of Homer in story format. I love the
Nov 19, 2012 Joan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in literature
I am no fan of graphic novels but this one was exceptional! It is a retelling of the famous story by Homer. Warning: this is not written down for youth, nor is the violence reduced from the original amount. Hinds assumes you are familiar with the literature or at least of the era it was first recited. He does define a few terms at the end in an author's note. He also very interestingly tells you which are his favorite versions of Homer and explains why he drew on a number of literary sources for ...more
I was sent a free copy of this to review, and I'm not one to turn down free comic books. This one is hefty, and I have to admit that I didn't finish it. However, that didn't have anything to do with the quality of the work. It's just that I've read the Odyssey before, and I wasn't really in the mood to read it again.

In short, I was expecting this to be an abridged, flashy take on Homer's material, like many "graphic novel classics" tend to be. However, this is a remarkably faithful adaptation of
Oct 03, 2012 Sarah added it
The Odyssey a Graphic Novel
By Gareth Hinds and based on Homer’s epic poem
Graphic Novel
249 pages

This graphic novel version of The Odyssey is the famous tale of Odysseus and his long journey home after the Trojan War. He is faced with many mysterious creatures such as the Cyclops who eats many of his men, Circe the queen who turns her victims into animals, and Scylla the six-headed monster. After years of being lost at sea and stranded on islands, he is finally able to go home, but only to find a
Tim Vandenberg
Sing to me, O Muse, of Hinds' great adaptation of The Odyssey!

A Marvelous Work!

Faithful to the original. Impressively researched, visually, historically, & linguistically. Congratulations to the author/artist Gareth Hinds for contributing to the high-quality literary legacy of one of the greatest & most important stories in the history of the world. And most importantly, Hinds does not edit or compromise, letting the ancient story speak for itself in its raw, Ancient Greece form. No MPAA
I'm always on the lookout for graphic novel adaptations of classics. Actually, I'm really just always on the lookout for good graphic novels - adaptation or otherwise. But when I look ahead to the very real possibility of having to teach a work like The Odyssey in the not-too-distant future, I quake in fear. How on earth can I make this relevant to a classroom full of kids - most of whom have no desire to study literature?!

Would a book like this help? Maybe. I like that it would give kids a worl
Daniel R
In this masterpiece, the Odyssey is brought to life with incredible illustrations, adding an indelible mark on the classic that has already shaped the world.
The story takes place directly after the Trojan War, and Odysseus, the King of Ithaca must get home after fighting for ten years. On his journey back, Odysseus faces many obstacles testing his perseverance, wits, and his crews loyalty. As he makes enemies of gods and gets marooned on phantom islands, Odysseus has to make the most of his skil
Julie Cotton
This retelling of The Odyssey is perfect for those who either want a quick refresher course on the story (like me) or those who aren't quite ready to commit to Homer's lengthy verse. I was surprised how detailed Hinds kept it, and in a literary kind of way too. I kept my Greek Mythology Dictionary close to help me remember details about some of the background characters, but one could easily get by without it. Aside for the semi-creepy drawings of the women, I really enjoyed the artwork.
Lars Guthrie
I’ve read Gareth Hinds’s ‘Beowulf’ and ‘King Lear.’ Both fantastic examples of what can be done with the graphic novel form. With ‘The Odyssey,’ however, Hinds has really outdone himself.

He’s outdone himself in size—‘The Odyssey’ is 250 pages long—and scope—it includes all of the elemental parts of Homer’s epic. And he hasn’t left out any of the excitement and drama that figure in his other works. If anything, those aspects are intensified. Hinds’s spectacular artwork, rich color, and superior
Name: Danielle Autumn Shur
Hinds, G. (2010). The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Genre: Adventure (Graphic Novel)
Format: Print (Book)
Selection Process: WorldCat
Homer’s epic poem is retold in a modern format. The Trojan War has been long over and all of its victors have returned home Odysseus. Men from surrounding lands have overtaken Odysseus’s home in hopes that his abandoned wife, Penelope, will choose one of them to marry. Telemachus, Odysseus’s son sets out
Okay, confession time. I have a bachelor's degree in English Literature and I have never read The Odyssey in entirety. (In different classes I have been assigned the book and read different part equaling the whole book, but it has always been so overwhelming as a single book that I have never sat down and read it in its entirety.) I've always had problems with books (and movies) in older versions of the English language. I struggle with Shakespeare. I struggle with Chaucer. And I struggled with ...more
Stephanie Beaver
Gareth Hinds breathes new life into Homer’s epic story of Odysseus’ prolonged journey homeward from the Trojan War in a format that reaches out to non-traditional readers of the classics. Coupled with an abbreviated text that remains true to Homer’s original, Hinds’ art reflects the mood and energy of the story. He has a knack for expression, brilliantly conveying the emotions of his characters as they feel loss, anger, hopelessness, desperation, determination, and joy. Reluctant readers and lov ...more
Hannah Loves
After studying Ancient Greece for 7 months, I read the odyssey. It was Maybe the best book I ever read!!
Devon Jones
This book is a masterpiece written by the Greek storyteller Homer. People who love Homer's epics and want to experience this large story in a new way of graphic art you should read this book.I gave this book 5 complete stars because as an artist and a love of Greek mythology this satisfied my interests and I know it will satisfy others like me.I would love to show others about this book and other marvelous epics by Homer but, this one is one of my many favorites by this author.that is why i gave ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Judah added it
Have you ever overcome something, and felt so good about it? Have you ever tried to relate to someone about hardship and sacrifice? Well, you're in luck, because Homers Odyssey, interpreted by Gareth Hinds, is a breathtaking book about perservearence. The book is a graphic novel, but more, it's a mythilogical book about the ancient Greeks. The story follows a family of three through their struggles of grief, sorrow, and perservearence. Odyssey, the father, and also the king of Ithaca, was coming ...more
The original Odyssey was written by Homer but the version I read was a graphic novel adapted by Gareth Hinds. The Odyssey is about Odysseus and his journey home from Troy. On his way home he encounters an island and he and his men stop there to ask for food and provisions on the island they go inside a cave and there is food there but no one around. Odysseus and his men eat some of the food and wait there. Later on they figured out that the owner of the cave is a giant cyclops named Polyphemus. ...more
Jj Swagger
Is Greek myth your thing? Do you like to see heroes battle it out with cyclopses? You're in luck, this is the book for you!
Odysseus leaves his home to fight a war in Troy. Upon winning, he does not pay respect to the gods who helped him fight and survive with the brilliant tactics of the wooden horse. The gods are angered and send him terrible seas. He comes to many strange island from lotus eaters to cyclopses. He wish only to return to his wife who is terribly angry with the amount of suito
Logan Mead
I think this was a great read, one of the best I have read in a long time, I could not put it down until I finished it 4 hours later! Some would choose this book because it is almost like a quick summery in a way, however it is not as easy as it looks, the real challenge is the words. The words used in this book are very advanced and old, I found myself having to look up many of the words in the Dictionary, almost like something you would see in a very old Bible translation. If you look past all ...more
This was a good retelling of one of my favorite stories. Gareth Hinds is a talented artist although some of his artwork was a little too graphic for my taste. I had a hard time keeping track of character names throughout the novel, since characters are introduced only by others speaking thier names which got a little confusing. Other than those issues, Hinds provides a good balance of art and dialogue, making for a successful graphic novel.
The Odyssey is about a son trying to find his father in the world of ancient and mythical gods everywhere. The rumor is that the father has been imprisoned for company by a god. But eventually this conflict is eventually solved like many other in this story this book is about a painful journey this man goes through to be united with his family. There is all kinds of conflicts in this book like evil monsters, gods, bad guys and etc. Once the son finds his father there is a problem brought to thei ...more
I tried reading the Odyssey, shortly before reading Gareth Hinds version and found myself not really getting into it. This graphic novel has allowed me to immerse myself in the story of the Odyssey, the visuals really helped me to understand, making it easier to get past the language. Not to mention the artwork in this graphic novel is absolutely stunning. I very much appreciate the hand drawn, or painterly quality. The artwork and the way the story is condensed really contribute to a cinematic ...more
Diana Gaspar
To say this book was sleep-depriving-page-turning-sitting-on-edge-exciting would be to lie. The Odyssey was a rather interesting read. I am glad, however, I read the graphic novel as opposed to a paperback version because the illustrations was what kept me from disliking the book.
What made the most frustrated was Odysseus and his ego. The story itself was very interesting, from battling the cyclopes to escaping Circe and her bewitching prison. All of the wits and strategy used to escape every ob
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Gareth Hinds is the creator of several acclaimed graphic novels based on classics. About THE ODYSSEY, he says, "It was incredibly exciting to work with this material. Gods, monsters, flawed heroes, battles, and all the best and worst of human nature, set against an ancient Mediterranean backdrop. It’s a dream project."

Gareth Hinds lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.
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