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The Great Books: From "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" to Goethe's "Faust": A Journey Through 2,500 Years of the West's Classic Literature (Hardback)
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The Great Books: From "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" to Goethe's "Faust": A Journey Through 2,500 Years of the West's Classic Literature (Hardback)

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Hardback 480 Pages / Published: 04/10/2007
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Anthony O'Hear presents a personal tour of the most impressive, influential and era-defining books mankind has ever produced. "Paradise Lost", "The Canterbury Tales", "Don Quixote": great literature can be read by anyone, with a little help. Anthony O'Hear leads the way with this captivating journey through two-and-a-half millennia of books as dark, powerful, erotic, thrilling, politically astute and awe-inspiring as any modern bestseller. We begin with Homer, whose poems of epic struggle have made him the father of Western literature. After Greek tragedy, Plato, and Virgil's "Aeneid" comes Ovid, whose encyclopaedic "Metamorphoses" is an inexhaustible source for European art and literature. Via St Augustine we reach Dante, the author of "The Divine Comedy", a sublime, terrifying tour through "Hell", "Purgatory" and an ecstatic vision of "Paradise". Chaucer, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Milton, Pascal, Racine and finally Goethe complete the cast list. In each case, O'Hear patiently draws out themes, focuses on key passages and explains why they are important. Personal, passionate, painstakingly researched and beautifully illustrated, this is a grand work of reference. But it is also a narrative history shot through with a love of literature, and a deeply-held belief in its power to shape everyone's world.

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781840468298
Number of pages: 480
Dimensions: 234 x 152 x 44 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`In this carefully researched labour of love, O'Hear conveys his enthusiasm for the outstanding authors we know we should read, but often don't.' -- The Good Book Guide
`O'Hear shows how rewarding it can be to rediscover `The Canterbury Tales,' `Don Quixote,' and other era-defining, yet timeless, classics.' -- The Good Book Guide
'O'Hear's range is extraordinarily wide and he has a rare ability to explain complex ideas in a straightforward fashion.' -- Sunday Telegraph
'Impassioned and impressive.' -- John Gray, Independent
'Salty and addictive.' -- Daily Telegraph
'Fascinating.' -- Alain de Botton, Observer

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