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The Iliad & The Odyssey by Homer
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Feb 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: classics
Recommended for: lovers of the classics
Read from February 06 to August 01, 2011 , read count: 1

The Big Book O' Homer!

That in itself should be enough of a selling point, but in case anyone remains unconvinced, a few notes on this edition: First of all, as with all the Barnes and Noble Big Book O's, the production is singularly impressive - gorgeous leather cover, gilded pages, and complete with a ribbon bookmark. The translation is by Samuel Butler, and in prose; I might at some point try a poetic version but Butler's rendition is more than serviceable. He retains the florid style of a poem without having to force English words to fit both meaning and meter, and the result is quite readable.

Now, with that brief introduction, the reviews:

The Iliad

The Odyssey (pending)
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Reading Progress

02/06/2011 page 75
10.0% "Reading Homer so that when I get to Joyce I'll understand the references. And, oh yeah, it's a timeless classic."
05/22/2011 page 350
48.0% "Close to wrapping up the Iliad; it's been quite thought-provoking. Mankind hasn't changed as much in 3000 years as we'd like to think we have."

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