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Argos by Phillip W. Simpson
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it was amazing

This is a delightful book. A retelling of Homer’s Odyssey from the point of view of the faithful hound, Argos.

One of the loveliest and most poignant stories in the Odyssey concerns the reuniting of Argos and Odysseus when the latter returns home from a 20-year absence at the siege of Troy. The old dog’s joy at being able to see his master one last time before he dies has always been a tear-jerker moment, and a story I loved to hear when I was a child.

Phillip Simpson builds his novel around Argos’s life story and the course of events that lead to his death on a rubbish heap. The characters and situations in the tale are familiar to any lover of Greek mythology, and it was a pleasure to find them fleshed out in the dog’s story. His canine vision of events, and the people he serves, brings a vitality to the ancient tale. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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June 1, 2016 – Finished Reading
June 7, 2016 – Shelved

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