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Cyclops

Fisher, Leonard Everett

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ISBN 10: 0823408914 / ISBN 13: 9780823408917
Published by Holiday House, 1991
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Title: Cyclops

Publisher: Holiday House

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Library Binding

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Describes the encounter between the cyclops Polyphemus and Odysseus and his men after the end of the Trojan War.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A well-known illustrator chooses a heroic tale that is especially well matched to his own powerful style: the story of Odysseus's terrifying encounter with Polyphemus, one of the ``ugly, mean giants who had one hideous eye in the center of their foreheads...and made thunderbolts for Zeus.'' Fisher cites several standard sources for his narrative, which simply restates the stark events in Homer's original. Seeking refuge in the Cyclops's cave, Odysseus and his men are discovered and trapped; Polyphemus devours several before the wily wanderer and his remaining men contrive to blind him and escape by hanging beneath the giant's sheep as they exit from the cave. Merely serviceable prose, but Fisher's paintings wonderfully convey the tale's strength, terror, and universality. The mariners and their ship are tiny against the roiling waves, Sicily's mammoth cliffs, and the giant's fearsome bulk, yet they are undaunted. Polyphemus is a muscle-bound immensity whose single eye glares from a curiously realistic face that's sure to lure any child fascinated by such monstrous figures. The play of the Mediterranean sky's lush blue against the giant's flesh tones, his fire's evil glow, and the black depths of his cave enriches the drama. A fine achievement. (Folklore/Picture book. 8+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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