The Odyssey by Emily Wilson

The Odyssey

byEmily Wilson, Homer

Kobo ebook | November 7, 2017

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A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life.

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.

In this fresh, authoritative version—the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman—this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace and singing with a voice that echoes Homer’s music.

Wilson’s Odyssey captures the beauty and enchantment of this ancient poem as well as the suspense and drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, from the cunning goddess Athena, whose interventions guide and protect the hero, to the awkward teenage son, Telemachus, who struggles to achieve adulthood and find his father; from the cautious, clever, and miserable Penelope, who somehow keeps clamoring suitors at bay during her husband’s long absence, to the “complicated” hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this translation as a more fully rounded human being than ever before.

A fascinating introduction provides an informative overview of the Bronze Age milieu that produced the epic, the major themes of the poem, the controversies about its origins, and the unparalleled scope of its impact and influence. Maps drawn especially for this volume, a pronunciation glossary, and extensive notes and summaries of each book make this an Odyssey that will be treasured by a new generation of scholars, students, and general readers alike.

Title:The OdysseyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 7, 2017Publisher:W. W. Norton & CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393634566

ISBN - 13:9780393634563

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tale older than time I read Homer’s Odyssey for a course I took in university on Greek and Roman mythology. I only had a vague idea of the story before then so I was really glad to finally sit down and read and analyze it. Odysseus is an interesting character and I enjoyed following his years-long journey home after the Trojan War.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous! A classic bound in a stunning cloth cover! exceptional quality!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great classic, definitely worth the read. Awesome story and captivating for all ages.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great classic, definitely worth the read. Awesome story and captivating for all ages.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great classic, definitely worth the read. Awesome story and captivating for all ages.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Great classic, definitely worth the read. Awesome story and captivating for all ages.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful illustration of a classic. A great addition for any Classicist with children!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book While this book is a classic that should be read, it's also beautiful and looks fantastic on my shelf!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful In my life, I can say I have been sincerily affected by no more than four books. This is one of them. The Odyssey is a majestic masterpiece. There is no better tale of perserverance, fate interrupted and challenge. Odysseus' voyage home is inspirational and to be quite honest, the challenges he faces and how he faces them have never been so relevant in a world of chaos and short sightedness. I would recommend this for any individual- the messages are hugely relevant.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I received this as a gift and put off reading it for a while but I am so glad that I got around to it now! A truly amazing story.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect in every way... I haven't read the book - maybe one day - as I bought books from this series purely for their beauty. And they didn't disappoint. A must for any collector.
Date published: 2011-09-15