An unquestionable cornerstone of Western literature, Homer’s epic on Odysseus’s 10-year journey home from the Trojan war and his wife Penelope’s faithful guardianship of their kingdom remains one of the greatest stories of courage, loyalty and survival ever told.
The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats - ship-wrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmity of the sea-god Poseidon - Odysseus must use his bravery and cunning to reach his homeland and overcome the obstacles that, even there, await him. E. V. Rieu's translation of The Odyssey was the very first Penguin Classic to be published, and has itself achieved classic status.
Translated by E. V. RIEU
Revised translation by D. C. H. RIEU
With an Introduction by PETER JONES
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 303 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
'The Odyssey is a poem of extraordinary pleasures: it is a salt-caked, storm-tossed, wine-dark treasury of tales, of many twists and turns, like life itself' - Guardian
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“A great book and a rollicking yarn”
This was the most enjoyable read I have had for a very long time, all 577 pages of it. Like many people I have enjoyed snippets of The Odyssey such as the stories of Polyphemus, Nausicaa, Circe and the Sirens but... More
“Faithful and fresh”
Only halfway through reading it yet (Waterstones, you overestimate my speed at reading the books I buy...) but this is a lovely translation. Enjoying it very much. This is the first time I am reading it without... More
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