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The Odyssey (Graphic Classics)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  5,736 ratings  ·  206 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...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Candlewick (first published January 1st 2010)
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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...more
Kurt
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...more
Sesana
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.
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...more
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...more
Joan
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
Justin
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...more
Sarah
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...more
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...more
Jen
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...more
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...more
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...more
Danielle
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
Review:
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...more
Kellee
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
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
Gabeg
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
Cassandra
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.
Kayla
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
Henry
Odysseus would like nothing more than to get home to his family after the great siege of Troy, but instead he offends the sea god Poseidon, who curses him to 10 years of being lost at sea, attacked by monsters, and tricked by sorcerers. Gareth Hinds brings the great story back to life in lifelike drawings and fluent writing. i thought that this book would be good for anyone who enjoys vivid pictures and fantastic writing.
Cary Litee
A timeless classic. I had to read this book for my English class while back.
This translation keeps enough of the Hellenic touch to remind you that this is another culture & to teach you about it.
Odysseus faces many obstacles, on account of Poseidon's anger, including an encounter with Cyclops, Circe, and the Sirens, and a journey to Hades' Underworld. I enjoyed it! It's the story of the Greek hero, Odysseus, after the Trojan War. On the start of his voyage home, he provokes Poseidon, god of...more
Mason
I think that people should read this book because it provides a good foundation that you can build upon as you learn and read more about the Odyssey. I wonder about how long it took to discover the interpretation that she used to write this book. I was surprised about how detailed the pictures were and how much they helped me understand the story. Just last year me and some friends were returning from a fishing trip when our motor on the boat stopped, in the middle of the lake. The lake was so b...more
Justin Ferrell
Graphic Novel, 2010

This is a graphic novel version of the epic poem The Odyssey. Odysseus left Ithaca to fight with the rest of Greece in the Trojan War. After defeating the Trojans, the Greeks return home, but Odysseus becomes stranded at sea for upsetting Poseidon. While he is away, many suitors assume he is dead and come to court his wife. They eat his food and live in his home while his wife stalls waiting for Odysseus's return. Athena decides to then intervene to save Odysseus and return hi...more
Julie
Makes this ancient story seem very human. From memory, the adventures are what I remember. After reading this book, it is the emotions that come to mind. Despair, treachery, courage, honor, hubris, stupidity, determination all shine through Hind's faces and actions.
Dominic
Of course it is Homer's exceptionally gripping story itself that made this graphic novel retelling so hard to put down, but Hinds has created such a vibrant and faithful recreation of the original epic poem that still captures the story's energy and themes. I've read other graphic novel versions of classics throughout my teacher education, but this one is a summarized version that still feels pulsing with life and metaphor--just as Homer's text is still so alive and breathing and relevant.

I love...more
Barb
Sep 07, 2011 Barb added it
My 10 year old loves this book. He and his friends have passed it amongst themselves.
Krainbow
Dec 23, 2013 Krainbow rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Greek Mythology fans
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Odyssey, a graphic novel remake of the original Odyssey by Homer. It’s set in ancient Greece with its main character, Odysseus, trying to get back to his home, Ithaca.
The start of an Epic quest. Odysseus went to fight in the battle of Troy and had not returned. His son had decided he must find his father. While that was happening in Ithaca, Odysseus was trying to make his way home. He reached () and asked King Alonoocus to bring him home. You realize Odysseus’s troubles when he starts telli...more
Jake Manu
This is about Oddyseus after the war of troy, struggling to get back to his homeland. this is good because we are watching the war of troy in Social Studies, and its good to see what happens afterwards.

I decided to read this because I am heavily interested in Greek Mythology, so this is right up my alley. its about how Oddyseus tries to get home but cannot because the gods are cursing his voyage, making him go to bad magical islands like Circe's island, the sirens, Scylla, and Poseidon generall...more
Danielle
Odysseus is stranded. A captive of the beautiful and yet enslaving Calypso, he longs for his home and family. What Odysseus is unaware of is the hoard of men seeking after his riches and longing to take away his kingdom. Through his epic journey against a powerful god, Poseidon, and throngs of evil Odysseus must prove himself to the gods and his family to show who truly is king of Ithaca. Told through the eyes of Gareth Hinds, this epic tale comes to life, making an age old tale seem like it hap...more
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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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