The OdysseyBook - 2018
From Library Staff
Like Gilgamesh, the adventures of Odysseus and his crew are a foundation for a lot of modern superhero adventures, and Greek mythology often shows up in superhero stories, most notably with Wonder Woman.
BONUS, just as I started to walk away, Jason Mamoa called out and wanted to share one of the books he has visited multiple times but still has not been able to finish: Homer's Odyssey. I really enjoyed his need to "confess" this and I feel as if every reader has come across a book that ... Read More »
From the critics
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lots of scary stuff happens in The Odyssey -- it's a Greek epic poem after all...
Violence: The Odyssey has violence! (Especially chapter 22, when the suiters are killed, is very gruesome!)
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Leaving the war in Troy, Odysseus travels through many adventures on the sea as he tries to get home against Poseidon's will.
Starts with Odysseus in the clutches of Calypso and interestingly half the story is told in a flashback mode . Probably the first time that the flashback concept was ever used . This is the story of a man who is try to return home from the Trojan war and is unable to get home to his loyal wife and son because the gods constantly set obstacles in his path. One has to wonder if Homer intended to depict his gods as separate entities who were controlling human destinies or were they intended to be metaphorical i.e when Athena makes Odysseus look larger , is that hinting at the fact that Odysseus felt courage surging through his heart and hence looked larger than life or was Athena doing that . It seems that these issues crop up all over the Iliad as well as the Odyssey .
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