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The Odyssey by Homer
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The Odyssey

by Homer

210 ratings, 25 reviews

Homer's Odyssey is the sequel to the Iliad, and it's synonymous with epic adventure. Once again we're faced with some potential Greco-Roman confusion, as the hero this time is Odysseus, or Ulysses, depending on one's language. Either way this poem focuses on our hero's long journey home after the 10 year Trojan War. Thinking he was dead, many suitors tried to get up on Odysseus' woman in his absence, but eventually his story is told to her: he has been to the ends of the earth and back, and is trying to return to his love.

It seems a likely story, such as one might make up when asked "Where have you BEEN for 10 years?" Odysseus: "So there I was... fighting a Cyclops, and I tell him my name is 'nobody,' and when I instruct my men to attack him he shouts 'Help, nobody is attacking me!' And no one came to help. Ah that was a good one. Honey?" That 2800 year old joke and more can be found in Homer's epic, the Odyssey.

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Tyler Turner

February 06, 2014

One of my favorite books to read i recomend to every one


Jimmy Johns

November 15, 2013

This book is the fuckin longest ass book i have ever read


Elijah Carleton

October 22, 2013

I love homer


Sarah Park

July 03, 2013

I expected something else...


Kyle Do

April 25, 2013

Good book


Fred Arcoleo

April 15, 2013

This is not the best translation by any means.


Antoinette Tussuad

April 05, 2013

Without prior knowledge of Classical Studies I can see how confusing this book could become but it is a masterpiece in every right, even without a scrap of knowledge and could easily be enjoyed by anyone. Maybe my favourite story of all time~


Jana Trehan

February 24, 2013

Its good but a bit confusing


Gavin Reed

January 29, 2013

I love the greek and roman culture because it is facinating to read all the legends and stories


Amaya Belcher

January 29, 2013

I love greek culture


James Black

October 25, 2012

It sucks


Tobias Baez

October 24, 2012

Really best book of homer i loved it


Michael Morgan

September 23, 2012

I am an avid reader and this classic has kept me enthralled from start to finish, just could not put it down.


Alaa Stalingrad

September 18, 2012

Epic .


Ziyan Imran

August 31, 2012

Read this thousands of times love it best ever also written thousands of years ago


Cynthia Richardson

August 06, 2012

My uncle use to sit me on his lap and tell me the story of Odysseus and th Trojan War. When i was older he gave me his hardback copy by Homer. When i read it the book opened a whole new world for me of Gods and Goddesses. This book is timeless and I can't wait to read it again.


Mr. Grey

July 29, 2012

Who do carrots think they are?


Parker Carlson

June 06, 2012

I have read many books in my life so far (as a 7th grader) and this is one of my favorites it is astonishing to read it and is really an epic epic


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Pradeep Marahatta

March 15, 2012

Read this epic years ago while at university. Now having different experience reading in e-book form with all the advantages like dictionary, highlight, etc.


Brian Welsh

January 21, 2012

One of the best greek stories i've ever read!


Lisa Hamill

December 27, 2011

I just can't get past the fact that the epic is not formatted as an epic. This is supposed to be set up as poetry w/ line #s. Robert Fagles's translation puts this one to shame. Still a wonderful story, but something's missing.


Madison Jones

November 10, 2011

I have always wanted to read this and now that I have it was everything I imagined!


Victor Czerwinski

May 12, 2011

Definitely one of my early favourites .