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The Odyssey (Graphic Classics)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  6,264 Ratings  ·  327 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
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Candlewick (first published January 1st 2010)
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
What a great graphic novel to read! I can finally get some sense of what THE ODYSSEY is all about now. I enjoyed every bit of it. Even the sexist undertones where women are seductresses who keep men chained to an island, or trick them and turn them into swine.
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
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Cait (Paper Fury)
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
Kurt
Nov 06, 2011 Kurt rated it really liked it
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
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Annie
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.
Jane
Jul 19, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it
Bought this for grandkids -- ages 8-18 -- and ended up reading it myself before sending it to them. Brought the Odyssey story home to me. I feel adapter/artist hit the high spots and even most of the more obscure points. These pictures will make my reading THE Odyssey more meaningful although I'm not a fan of the graphic novel genre in general. Explanation of each character wasn't always explained upon first appearance, but was for the most part given later on. Loved the watercolors; the book ...more
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Jan 17, 2011 Candice M (tinylibrarian) rated it liked it
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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
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Sesana
Feb 04, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it
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.
Allison
Mar 12, 2016 Allison rated it it was amazing
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.
Benjamin Kailes
Very good book. Short, easy, fast read that tells the tale of Odysseus faster than the long, original version. The illustration were magnificent and wish they did this more often with famous tales, and if they have, I'd rather read those!
Sonia
Oct 08, 2016 Sonia rated it really liked it
I just wish they had hired someone to do the lettering instead of using that stupid font.
Nicola Mansfield
Dec 07, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
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
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Tim Vandenberg
Mar 04, 2013 Tim Vandenberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Joan
Nov 19, 2012 Joan rated it it was amazing
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
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
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Justin
May 12, 2012 Justin rated it liked it
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
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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 ...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
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Lars Guthrie
Mar 11, 2011 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing
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
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Daniel R
Mar 20, 2011 Daniel R rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Danielle
Apr 23, 2013 Danielle rated it liked it
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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
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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 ...more
Devon Jones
May 01, 2013 Devon Jones rated it it was amazing
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
Cassandra
Nov 24, 2010 Cassandra rated it liked it
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.
Julie Cotton
Mar 01, 2015 Julie Cotton rated it really liked it
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.
Henry
Feb 06, 2012 Henry rated it it was amazing
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.
Sarah
Dec 22, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read this after seeing it hauled on Booktube and decided I wanted a refresher/intro before reading The Odyssey. I'm glad I read this because I absolutely loved it. I don't remember a lot of the story from high school but what I did remember came alive on the pages with Hinds' artwork. I will definitely be reading more of his graphics novels.
Julie
Sep 20, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
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.
Matt Wolf
Jan 05, 2016 Matt Wolf rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book; it was a short and easy read. I liked how the pictures really helped paint a picture of what was going on. I give the book 5 stars, for including the whole story of the Odyssey in a short graphic novel.
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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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