Athena's Reviews > The Odyssey
Jul 30, 11
Read in May, 2011
The Odyssey is a great book, and I wanted to really like it but some of the passages were repetitious and monotonous. The immortals are very tempermental and selfish, and seemed quick to judge and discipline. I was surprised that Athene helped Oddysseus and his family without a tragedy occurring, as she's not known to be a nice goddess. I liked all the quaint feasts in the book when someone was welcomed into anothers home; oxen, sheep, and cows, as well as wine, were offered as sacrifices to the gods constantly. The main character Oddysseus has been away from home for twenty years, leaving behind his wife Penelope, and his son Telemachus to go with his men to fight the war in Troy. He needs all the help from the gods to get him back. As he and his men are homeward bound to Ithaca the disasters and miracles that befall them are very entertaining. Polyphemus,The giant cyclops son of Poseidon, is blinded by Oddysseus for holding his men captive and eating them. The "noman" trick was brilliant and comedic. Finally, Oddysseus is transformed into a beggar by the goddess Athene to find that his wife is being courted by over fifty suitors, all of them eating him out of house and home, and some of whom want his son dead. Oddysseus manages to slaughter the suitors with help from his friends, and reclaims his home and family, but it's everything in between that is interesting; the stories of Circe and Calypso, and the trip to Hades, and even the sea monsters Scyla and Charybdis are fascinating tales.
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