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Paperback The Odyssey: (Original Edition) Book

ISBN: 1543186408

ISBN13: 9781543186406

The Odyssey: (Original Edition)

(Part of the Classics Illustrated UK Re-Issue Series)

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The Odyssey by Homer. Worldwide literature classic, among top 100 literary novels of all time. A must read for everybody.In the 1980s, Italo Calvino (the most-translated contemporary Italian writer at the time of his death) said in his essay "Why Read the Classics?" that "a classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say", without any doubt this book can be considered a Classic This book is also a Bestseller because as Steinberg...

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a wonderfully accessible abridged translation

I think everyone already knows the story of the Odyssey, so I'm not going to critique the classic Greek Myth, but the writing and style itself. This particular translation of the Odyssey (by Stanley Lombardo)is just wonderful because it's so accessible. This abridged version (it's still 250 pages) allows him to skip some of more extraneous chapters and stick with the meat of the story. His choice of language is also great because is able to use straightforward language that is easily accessible while maintaining the classical feel of the story. Not an easy task but he pulls it off in (in his own words)... "In the tradition of American poetry; emphasizing on the physicality, rapidity and suppleness of verse" with "...rhythms and language drawn from natural speech..." I have to admit, I chose the Odyssey because I want to read more of the great classics. I half-expected to be bored and to force myself to wade through the text. In the case of this translation, I was not. I'm really liking this book.
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