Thursday, 21 June 2018

Books From The Backlog - The Odyssey by Homer

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

The Odyssey by Homer

A classic for the ages, The Odyssey recounts Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan War—and the obstacles he faces along the way to reclaim his throne, kingdom, and family in Ithaca.

During his absence, his steadfast and clever wife, Penelope, and now teenaged son, Telemachus, have lived under the constant threat of ruthless suitors, all desperate to court Penelope and claim the throne. As the suitors plot Telemachus’ murder, the gods debate Odysseus’ fate.  With help from the goddess Athena, the scattered family bides their time as Odysseus battles his way through storm and shipwreck, the cave of the Cyclops, the isle of witch-goddess Circe, the deadly Sirens’ song, a trek through the Underworld, and the omnipresent wrath of the scorned god Poseidon.


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I picked up my The Odyssey paperback at a charity shop (I think) at least two years ago because I thought it would be perfect to include in my WorldReads challenge. It's a nice edition of the epic poem - all actually in poetry, albeit English (the Richard Lattimore translation) - and just has the feel of a book that I really really should read. Unfortunately it's rather long and employs quite small font so, I admit, I am intimidated!

Since the purchase, I have completed my WorldReads from Greece post with other (shorter) books so that imperative is no longer valid. I do now have my Classics Club Challenge though (to read 50+ classic books within the next five years) and there aren't many tales more classic than The Odyssey. Plus this would sit nicely against my recent read of Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad. I'd best take a deep breath and get on with it!


Have you read The Odyssey?
Is this a Get To It Now or a Let It Lie?

12 comments:

  1. I used to read Greek myths as a kid and I think I might have dabbled a bit with this but I'm not sure how far I got. Good luck if you go ahead and read it!

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  2. I loved The Odyssey. I had been surprised at just how much at the time. I haven't read The Iliad though as that one intimidates.me. Someday perhaps. If you do read The Odyssey, I hope you love it.

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    1. I'm pretty sure I'll like the Odyssey once I get into it. The problem is just that initial starting to read it

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  3. Lately, its the small font that gets me with some of the older prints. I can gulp and hang with a thick book, but have to cry off when it's got the tiny, cramped print.
    Cheering you on with your Classics challenge and The Odyssey, Stephanie!

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    1. Thanks Sophia!
      I know just what you mean. I have a Great Expectations in bible font that I may need to buy a magnifying glass for

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  4. I haven't read this one. The small font on books can be troublesome to me as well. I have to wear reading glasses most times when reading these days.

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    1. One of the things I love about my Kindle is the ability to adjust the font size. Simple yet genius!

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  5. I am pretty sure that this is sitting in my Kindle account but it was something I downloaded for my daughter to read. I don't tend to get along very well with classics and I can't do tiny print anymore but I hope you love this when you read it. I think my daughter enjoyed it!

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    1. I've enjoyed Odyssey retellings so feel I'll like the adventures themselves. It's the epic poetry bit that worries me - so much of it. But then I was fine with Beowulf so fingers (or eyes!) crossed :-)

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  6. I just finished Circe by Madeline Miller and loved it which has got me interested in picking up the Emily Wilson version of Odyssey soon.

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    1. I want to read Circe! I've seen so many great reviews of it :-)

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