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What the community says about The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)
- #1 of 12
in What are the best epic poetry
- "Famous, classical, and universally admired by great literature's most hardcore fanatics, Homer's tale of life's journey has been told, retold and respected uncountable times. If classic literature is your interest, this is a can't miss, if it's not, it still should be on your list. Highest marks."
- "I was not a fan of this book. I could not get into the story at all because it seemed so archaic. I fell asleep a few times when reading it because I was bored with it at times. The journey felt tame to some of the books and movies I've read like "Lord of the Rings" or "Star Wars" and I could not really gain interest in any of the characters. This is a book which has not aged well in my opinion."
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in What are the best dirty classics"If you are looking for a classic novel, "The Odyssey" is not the be missed. A favorite among high school literature classes it is a great read for both high school students and adults. Maybe you vaguely remember reading it in high school, reading it now as an adult gave me a whole new meaning and understanding. It takes about journeys through life in a way that has never since been duplicated."
- "Alexander's translation is marvelous. I read Lattimore in school and Fitzgerald on a circumnavigation, but I always felt that there was so much more in the story. Alexander is a master author - she knows the Greek, she knows Homer, but most important she knows how to write and is a master of the English language. Reading this translation, I can clearly imagine it sung in palaces 2500 years ago, but I can also see it read in fighter squadron ready rooms. The blurbs on the jacket show that the scholars love it, but this translation brings Homer's strength, passion, virility and great storytelling straight home to us English speakers. "