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The Odyssey

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ISBN 10: 1365239047 / ISBN 13: 9781365239045
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Title: The Odyssey

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After the brutal war with the Trojans and the mourning of the death of Achilles, the heroic king Ulysses sets course for home but in the process insults the god Poseidon. The angry god causes Ulysses and his crew to wander the sea for years as they get tempted by banished gods, fight off mighty monsters and even descend to the gates of the Greek hell, Tartarus, to rescue a wayward crew member. Meanwhile those in Ulysses kingdom try to court his forlorn wife who eagerly await her husband's return.

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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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