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The Odyssey

Homer

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ISBN 10: 0670821624 / ISBN 13: 9780670821624
Published by Viking Penguin, New York, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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"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." The Odyssey ". literature's grandest evocation of every man's journey through life. In the myths and legends that are retold here, renowned translator Robert Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom and given us an edition of The Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. This is an edition to delight both the classicist and the general reader, and to captivate a new generation of Homer's students.'' Introduction by Bernard Knox. Includes notes on the translation, suggestions for further reading, and a pronouncing glossary. 541p. illus. maps. Printed on acid free paper, with illustrated endpapers, a silk bookmark, this is a handsome copy that looks unread and would make a nice gift. Bookseller Inventory # 28831

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Title: The Odyssey

Publisher: Viking Penguin, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Translated Robert Fagles

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st US Edition.

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The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of every man's journey through life. In the myths and legends that are retold here, renowned translator Robert Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom and given us an edition of The Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. This is an edition to delight both the classicist and the general reader, and to captivate a new generation of Homer's students.

 

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Robert Fagles's translation is a jaw-droppingly beautiful rendering of Homer's Odyssey, the most accessible and enthralling epic of classical Greece. Fagles captures the rapid and direct language of the original Greek, while telling the story of Odysseus in lyrics that ring with a clear, energetic voice. The story itself has never seemed more dynamic, the action more compelling, nor the descriptions so brilliant in detail. It is often said that every age demands its own translation of the classics. Fagles's work is a triumph because he has not merely provided a contemporary version of Homer's classic poem, but has located the right language for the timeless character of this great tale. Fagles brings the Odyssey so near, one wonders if the Hollywood adaption can be far behind. This is a terrific book.

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