The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Book - 1997
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Penguin Putnam
The great epic of Western literature, translated by the acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles
 
Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, presents us with Homer's best-loved and most accessible poem in a stunning modern-verse translation. "Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy." So begins Robert Fagles' magnificent translation of the Odyssey, which Jasper Griffin in the New York Times Book Review hails as "a distinguished achievement."

If the Iliad is the world's greatest war epic, the Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of an everyman's journey through life. Odysseus' reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance. In the myths and legends  retold here,

Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom, and given us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox's superb introduction and textual commentary provide insightful background information for the general reader and scholar alike, intensifying the strength of Fagles's translation. This is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the general reader, to captivate a new generation of Homer's students. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.



Baker & Taylor
A critically acclaimed new translation of the ancient Greek epic poem recounts the story of Odysseus's eventful ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the end of the Trojan War. Reprint.

Baker
& Taylor

A new translation of the epic poem retells the story of Odysseus's ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780140268867
0140268863
Branch Call Number: 883 HOM
Characteristics: 541 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Fagles, Robert

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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

Erika_W thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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obsidianlily
Jun 29, 2014

obsidianlily thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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