Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 112 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.3 in
Published: January 1, 1998
Publisher: Penguin UK Juvenile
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140383093
ISBN - 13: 9780140383096
From the Publisher
By its evocation of a real or imaged heroic age, its contrasts of character and its variety of adventure, above all by its sheer narrative power, the Odyssey has won and preserved its place among the greatest tales in the world. It tells of Odysseus'' adventurous wanderings as he returns from the long war at Troy to his home in the Greek island of Ithaca, where his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus have been waiting for him for twenty years. He meets a one-eyed giant, Polyphemus the Cyclops; he visits the underworld; he faces the terrible monsters Scylla and Charybdis; he extricates himself from the charms of Circe and Calypso. After these and numerous other legendary encounters he finally reaches home, where, disguised as a beggar, he begins to plan revenge on the suitors who have for years been besieging Penelope and feasting on his own meat and wine with insolent impunity.
About the Author
Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each. Children and young adult novelist Geraldine McCaughrean was born in Enfield, England and educated at Christ Church College, Canterbury. She worked as a secretary at Thames Television and later worked for a London publishing house. Her writing career includes the retelling of such classics as "One Thousand and One Arabian Nights,""The Canterbury Tales
From Our Editors
For 20 long years, the great warrior and king of Ithaca has been away from his home. His wife has remained faithful and determinedly kept away the suitors who would take her husband’s place. His son has grown into a young, strong man, able to help his mother protect the kingdom and be on a constant vigil for his never-known father’s return. The story of Odysseus’ epic journey to the Trojan War and back on storm-tossed seas guarded by wrathful Poseidon is one of the greatest adventures in the history of written language. This Puffin Classics edition of The Odyssey of Homer is a carefully translated and edited version of a tale known to most contemporary readers for its impact on the arts to this day. Young readers will meet the formidable Odysseus, his devoted wife Penelope, his young son Telemachus, as well as the Cyclops, Circe and Calypso in this great telling of the hero of the Trojan War and his many adventures beyond the sea.