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The Adventures of Ulysses
Charles Lamb
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The Adventures of Ulysses

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The Cicons.--The Fruit of the Lotus-tree.--Polyphemus and the Cyclops.--
The Kingdom of the Winds, and God Aeolus's Fatal Present.--The
Laestrygonian Man-eaters.


The House of Circe.--Men changed into Beasts.--The Voyage to Hell.--The
Banquet of the Dead.


The Song of the Sirens.--Scylla and Charybdis.--The Oxen of the Sun.--The
Published by Ginn & Co. (first published January 1st 1902)
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Perry Whitford
A shortened version of The Odyssey intended for children, edited and recast by early 19th century educator Charles Lamb. Only the journey of Ulysses himself is included, the concurrent story of Telemachus's search for his father completely omitted, with brevity further achieved by 'avoiding the prolixity which marks the speeches and the descriptions in Homer.'(!?)

As such, all the episodes are retold in bright and breezy fashion, with some, such as the stay in the land of the Lotus-eaters and the
Lamb includes the main details of Homer's Odyssey, but skips the first third of Homer's poem and gets right to Ulysses' adventures.

I liked Lamb for his beautiful language and for daring to make moral judgments, calling the greedy sailors "covetous wretches" and the Cyclops a "cannibal." When Ulysses' men eat oxen reserved for the gods, Lamb describes the feast a "rash and sacrilegious banquet." He gives details about Ulysses' descent into hell and of the horrible punishments being suffered ther
Obviously missing out on a lot of the beautiful language and epic feel of the original, nonetheless enjoyable. I dearly love the character of Ulysses - the strong man who lives more by his wits than by his biceps - even though they are poppin'! There's a picaresque quality to his adventures that I find appealing everytime.
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Apr 09, 2015 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chronicling elements of Homer's Odyssey, 'the Adventures of Ulysses' follows events during Ulysses's return to Ithaca...
Apr 30, 2011 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the version of The Odyssey that James Joyce supposedly use to write Ulysses. A great short version of the epic tale.
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Charles Lamb (London, 10 February 1775 – Edmonton, 27 December 1834) was an English essayist with Welsh heritage, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced along with his sister, Mary Lamb (1764–1847).

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