The Odyssey

The Odyssey

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A brilliant new version of the Odyssey from one of the most accomplished translators of our time.

"Sing to me, Muse . . ."

It has been said that a myth is a story about the way things never were but always are. The Odyssey is the original hero's journey, an epic voyage into the unknown, and has inspired other creative work for millennia--from ancient poetry to contemporary fiction and films. With its consummately modern hero, full of guile and wit, always prepared to reinvent himself in order to realize his heart's desire--to return to home and family after ten years of war--the Odyssey now speaks to us again across 2,600 years.

In words of great poetic power, Stephen Mitchell's translation brings Odysseus and his adventures vividly to life as never before. Full of imagination and light, beauty and humor, this Odyssey carries you along in a fast stream of action and imagery. One-eyed maneating giants; irresistibly seductive sirens; shipwrecks and narrow escapes; princesses and monsters; ghosts sipping blood at the Underworld's portal, desperate for a chance to speak to the living; and the final destruction of all Odysseus's enemies in the banquet hall--these stories are still spellbinding today. So, too, are the intimate moments of storytelling by the fire, of homecoming and reunion, fidelity and love--all of greater value to Odysseus, and to us, than the promise of immortality.

Just as Mitchell "re-energised the Iliad for a new generation" ( The Sunday Telegraph ), his Odyssey is the noblest, clearest, and most captivating rendition of one of the defining masterpieces of Western literature. Mitchell's muscular language keeps the diction close to spoken English, yet its rhythms re-create the oceanic surge of the ancient Greek.

The first translation to benefit from modern advances in textual scholarship, Mitchell's Odyssey also includes an illuminating introductory essay that opens the epic still further to our understanding and appreciation and textual notes that will benefit all readers. Beautiful, musical, accurate, and alive, this new Odyssey is a story for our time as well as for the ages.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781451674170
1451674171
Characteristics: xlv, 375 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mitchell, Stephen 1943-

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msummers57
Jan 07, 2018

This is a nice contemporary translation of Homer. Homer translated as verse is almost always better than not and this doesn't disappoint.

The contemporary word use will hopefully get Homer a wider audience, however I suspect the shelf-life of this translation will be relatively short.

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Kris_Kringle
Oct 05, 2017

This classic poem will not disappoint! I encourage readers to read it for pleasure and not for school. It is more enjoyable then the Iliad. Fully deserves 4.5 stars!!!

BostonPL_AnnaD Sep 26, 2017

I LOVED listening to Iam McKellen reading this epic poem. Best way to get through a super awesome fantasy story that has complicated names. I highly recommend it. His voice is so perfect!

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TheeAvebury
Sep 06, 2017

This book is awesome! For everyone from age 7 to 85. A great family read.

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Calvacade
May 30, 2017

A classic- the original " road story ".

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Erika_W
May 30, 2017

This (the Martin Hammond translation) is a great translation that's EASY to read, unlike some others I have tried. You can enjoy this epic much more if you actually understand what's going on without having to read each line 3 times over.
Thank you, Mr. Hammond!

Odysseus faces many challenges when traveling back home after fighting in the Trojan war for 10 years. This is one of my favorites because I always loved reading about the monstrous creatures of Greek Mythology and this book consisted of some of my favorites such as sirens and the Cyclops.

Michelle

One of my favorites because I love reading about the monstrous creatures of Greek mythology and this book consisted of some of my favorites such as the sirens and the cyclops

-Michelle; Teen Volunteer

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Ethan_Annis
Jul 13, 2016

Homer’s Odyssey is one of the greatest masterpieces ever written. It chronicles the voyages of Odysseus as he makes his way home after the Trojan War. Meanwhile his home has been overrun by suitors for his faithful wife. Not only is the Odyssey a great story, it is also foundational to understand many other great works of literature. Of the translations I’ve read (Fitzgerald, Mandelbaum and parts of Pope and Dryden) Fagels’ is by far my favorite. The introduction by Bernard Knox is also superb.

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tj_is_cool
Jul 14, 2014

Written in a slow and tedious style.

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Erika_W
May 30, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lots of scary stuff happens in The Odyssey -- it's a Greek epic poem after all...

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Erika_W
May 30, 2017

Sexual Content: The Odyssey has sexual content!

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Erika_W
May 30, 2017

Violence: The Odyssey has violence! (Especially chapter 22, when the suiters are killed, is very gruesome!)

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Erika_W
May 30, 2017

Coarse Language: The suiters call mean insults to other people etc.

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Kadie2 Aug 17, 2012

great adventure.

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12sonas
Aug 16, 2012

Leaving the war in Troy, Odysseus travels through many adventures on the sea as he tries to get home against Poseidon's will.

wooknight Apr 27, 2011

Starts with Odysseus in the clutches of Calypso and interestingly half the story is told in a flashback mode . Probably the first time that the flashback concept was ever used . This is the story of a man who is try to return home from the Trojan war and is unable to get home to his loyal wife and son because the gods constantly set obstacles in his path. One has to wonder if Homer intended to depict his gods as separate entities who were controlling human destinies or were they intended to be metaphorical i.e when Athena makes Odysseus look larger , is that hinting at the fact that Odysseus felt courage surging through his heart and hence looked larger than life or was Athena doing that . It seems that these issues crop up all over the Iliad as well as the Odyssey .

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Erika_W
May 30, 2017

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obsidianlily
Jun 29, 2014

obsidianlily thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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