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The Odyssey

Homer

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5. Book 05
6. Book 06
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12. Book 12
13. Book 13
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15. Book 15
16. Book 16
17. Book 17
18. Book 18
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20. Book 20
21. Book 21
22. Book 22
23. Book 23
24. Book 24

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Summary

A wandering king who's a war-hero doomed to roam the earth by a vengeful God, a plethora of fantastic experiences, a wife battling the invasion of suitors who wish to replace her missing husband, a son in search of his father - the Odyssey is a rich tapestry of incredible experiences and unforgettable characters. A must-read classic for anyone who wants to understand the fundamentals of Western mythology, it is a sequel to the Illiad which recounts the magnificent saga of the Trojan War. The Odyssey continues on, describing the trials and tribulations of the Greeks under the leadership of Odysseus. Reputed to have been composed nearly three thousand years ago, its authorship is still being debated by scholars, though much of it is attributed to the blind poet Homer about whom very little is known. Yet the Illiad and The Odyssey remain the definitive foundations of all Western literature. The Odyssey is a magnificent epic tale that portrays the journey called life. In fact the word “odyssey” in English itself has come to mean a long and eventful journey. In the preceding book The Illiad, Odysseus called Ulysses in Roman mythology, the king of Ithaca, gets embroiled in the Trojan War through the trickery of the Greeks. But once inside, his wonderful qualities of intellect, strategy and leadership come to the foreground as he leads his soldiers to victory. The story of the Odyssey begins when the war of The Illiad ends. Odysseus and his men embark to return to Ithaca but his sworn enemy, the sea god Poseidon, stymies him at every turn, sending storms and foul weather, forcing the wanderers to take shelter in strange and sinister lands. The Odyssey is, besides, the story of Odysseus' beautiful wife Penelope, whose life becomes a struggle, fighting off the innumerable hopefuls who wish to take over her kingdom and her fortune in the absence of her husband. It is also the poignant growing-up tale of Telemachus, a faithful and steadfast son, who refuses to believe that his father won't return. There are many notable translations from the original Greek and it has also been extensively portrayed in art, literature, television and television in languages around the world. Full of human tragedy, bizarre and fantastic creatures, gods and magical beasts, the Odyssey is a treasure-chest of marvelous events. For modern-day readers, young and old alike, it provides exciting, interesting and relevant ideas of war, politics, exile and identity.

Reviews

Craig Hinderman

- the odyssey

this is a good book.

Brianna

- book 5

I like the book but the book 5 narrator is soooooo annoying. I also think that it needs Greek names. I only know them in Greek.

kuan

- book 5

skip book 5 and just read that piece somewhere else.

savannah

- odyssey

I love this book it's full of adventure.

Matt

- Odyssey

Dear god. If I ever have to hear the voice reading books 5 and 13 again I will punch a screw driver into my ears.

Paul

- Narrator

Book 13's voice gave me cancer.

Scott

- Odyssey

This is such a good book but no mater how many times I listen to this I still can't remember how it goes.

Samantha Joubert

- Odyssey

The Odyssey is so boring--just thinking about it makes me go to sleep.

- Narriator

Book 5 is read by a horible voice, i almost could not finnish. I wish the same reader would have stayed.

John Thomlinson

- Book

This book is terrible if you are taught to it by a horrible teacher. Like mine. But when I found different translations and interpretations I enjoyed it a lot more. So don't get a bad teacher like me.

- Awesome!

I think this is such a great book! I so need to get it! You really should do it with the Greek names, I think it's best.

I agree. They need to add a version with Greek names! Not to put down the reader

- Books

Awesome but get Greek names.