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The Eighth Arrow: Odysseus in the Underworld, A Novel

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Condemned to burn in the eighth circle of Dante's Hell, Odysseus, legendary thief and liar of Homer's Odyssey and Iliad, decides he is going to break out. His adventure begins with a prayer to Athena Parthenos, who appears to him bearing gifts: his armor, his famous bow, a mysterious leather pouch, and seven unusual arrows. She then sends him on a quest through the Underwo ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Ignatius Press
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Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I haven’t read anything by Homer, but I have read Dante’s Inferno (though it’s been a while). And I think that counts for something...

Though, honestly, this book is just as entertaining if you didn’t take Classics 222 in college (or you slept through it).

And what’s not to love about this author?

"J. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B., is a monk of Saint Louis Abbey. He serves as the director of Chaplaincy at the Saint Louis Priory School, where he teaches English and Theology, and coaches rugby. … During hi
Ben Eastman
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I went to a retreat led by Fr. Wetta, which was superb. At the end, he mentioned that he had brought a few books of his to give away if anyone wanted to have one. When he started describing The Eighth Arrow, I was hooked! Odysseus fighting his way through Dante's Inferno? So much promise! And he definitely delivered.

I was hoping that this book would be a great jumping off point to reading the Divine Comedy, characters that I know from my High School Reading of the Iliad and the Oddessey. And whi
Julie Davis
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can't recall who recommended this book to me (it may have been the author, actually) but the Kindle sample was good enough to get it onto my wish list whereby it found its way into my birthday gifts. A determined scalawag (that's Odysseus) and his loyal friend tackle their task with bravado ... and sometimes they actually make progress! Having read a fair number of mashups with characters working their way through Dante's Inferno, this measures up well. I enjoyed it ... and it made me want to ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? This book was amazing. I had the hardest time putting it down! I had seen Fr. Wetta on EWTN, so I decided to look him up, realized that he had written a book that I had been wanting to read anyway, and then went out and bought it. Since everyone is stuck home because of COVID-19 anyway, I thought that this would be a fun little something to pass the time.

I was so wrong. This is not just a "fun little something". This is a legitimately really good book! Well writte
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A stepchild from the combined worlds of Dante and Homer. While sometimes a bit heedy to read through, a decent read that introduces one to both a number of classical Greek characters and Catholic motifs.
George Sr.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Odysseus embarks on an Odyssey through Dane’s Inferno. His mission? To escape, of course. And the only door out is in the lowermost circle of Hell, under the Devil’s watchful eye. As he travels deeper into the inferno he meets all sorts of magical beings from Greek mythology—and all sorts of people whom he wronged in life. Finally he confronts Satan himself and must solve the puzzle of how to get through the doorway to Heaven without being eaten by Satan in the process. Anyone with an interest i ...more
Ian Mackay
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not only fascinating but deeply moving. We see many diverse strands of religious thought woven into a beautiful Christian harmony. Odysseus grows gradually to moral maturity and all unawares, wonderfully draws others with him - damned souls and demons included. READ THIS!!!
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
One thing I can definitely say about The Eighth Arrow: there is certainly strong scholarship behind it. Fr. Wetta knows his source material well, and it shows. Unfortunately, I didn't think that knowledge led to a particularly good novel.

The premise is basically a fan fiction mashing Homer and Dante together: Odysseus and Diomedes on a journey through the Inferno. Strangely, according to the opening disclaimer, the story is even a fiction to the main character and narrator. Odysseus narrates the
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beh, beh, questo sì che è scrivere!
Gregory Horwitz
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a joy to read. If there are books that use great literature to teach of Christian faith, this is certainly one of them.
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