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The Odyssey
The Odyssey | Homer
The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of every man's journey through life. In the myths and legends that are retold here, renowned translator Robert Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom and given us an edition of The Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. This is an edition to delight both the classicist and the general reader, and to captivate a new generation of Homer's students.
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Jess_Franzino
The Odyssey | Homer
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BEST reason for a “reading slump” 😂

wanderinglynn That's an excellent reason! I hope you have an amazing trip! Greece is high on my list of places to visit. 1mo
Jess_Franzino @wanderinglynn I am SO amazed that I am actually going! It is SUCH a dream come true for me, as I‘m a Classics scholar and am writing a novel about Athena, the Trojan War. Etc. It‘s actually for a reading/writing retreat about Homer hosted by none other than Madeline Miller ❤️ 1mo
wanderinglynn That sounds even more amazing! You will have an incredible time. I hope you'll share some photos when you get back. 1mo
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Jess_Franzino @wanderinglynn I‘ll likely be flooding my Litsy of pictures while I‘m there ❤️ Haha. It still seems unreal that I‘m actually going! Have had the hardest time sleeping because I‘m so excited! 1mo
Megabooks Have a great time!!! 1mo
Jess_Franzino @Megabooks Thanks ♥️ 1mo
ravenlee That sounds utterly amazing! Have a great time (but don‘t forget to go home). 1mo
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k.reads
Odyssey | Homer
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I mentioned this podcast at our last meeting of the #litsyatxreaderssociety. Two dudes read the #emilywilsontranslation of the Odyssey and make goofs about oily boys and wine dark seas. They even get to chat with the translator herself in one episode!
https://overduepodcast.com/search?q=Stop%20homer%20time

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k.reads
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Loved this translation!

Much has been said about her choice of the word “complicated” at the opening of the book. IMO it is absolutely the perfect word. The history of the word relates to strands being twisted or folded together (like the words “ply” and “plait”), which goes so well with all the symbolism related to weaving in the book.
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https://www.etymonline.com/word/complicate

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k.reads
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Loving these ⚠️cautionary notices someone left on my library‘s record for the #emilywilsontranslation of the Odyssey 🤣... I mean, they‘re not wrong haha

josie281 This made my night!! 🧐🤪🥺 2mo
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maximusje
Odysseia | Homeros, Translation by Imme Dros

”Lying is not in his nature. He is too wise for that” - Pallas Athena to Telemachos about Nestor.

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ImperfectCJ
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And now I have "Man of Constant Sorrow" from O Brother, Where Art Thou stuck in my head. Thanks, Odysseus.

Avidreader25 😂 now I do too! 3mo
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maximusje
Odysseia | Homeros, Translation by Imme Dros

I read the children's version of this book as one of my first books. Looking forward to read the real version!

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Lana1
The Odyssey | Homer
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A really good translation. Clear and very readable!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 3mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👏🏻🎈 3mo
Lana1 Thank you! I'm loving it already, so many new books to read. 💚 3mo
Megabooks Welcome to Litsy!! 3mo
Lady_Tigana_20 Welcome! 3mo
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Katerina
The Odyssey | Homer
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Nail wraps inspired by Homer's Odyssey. Perfect for my trip back home to Greece on Wednesday 😍

Texreader How perfect is that! Gorgeous! Have a fun trip! 3mo
Jari-chan Pure awesomeness! 3mo
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Jari-chan
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When it comes to a #journey Odysseus sure knows what he's talking about.

#letstraveljuly

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Liatrek
Odyssey | Homer
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I got this beauty on sale on Amazon 😊 Love these Word Cloud editions❤️

AllieLovesBooks What a beautiful edition! 📘 3mo
RaimeyGallant Beautiful! 3mo
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Sward7
Odyssey | Homer
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#24in48 summer homework with the students

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Librarybelle
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Odysseus had quite a journey to get back home, years and years in the making. Hard to believe when the journey was coming to an end... #DontDreamItOver #LilithJuly

Cinfhen My hubby was inspired to reread The Odyssey after I kept asking him questions whilst reading 3mo
Librarybelle @Cinfhen Oh! Those two would make a great read together! 3mo
thecurlybookworm I read this years ago & I have to admit it took me waaaaaaay too long! I enjoyed it but I found it hard to read quickly. 3mo
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gradcat @thecurlybookworm Don‘t feel bad—that kind of book is not meant to be read quickly...it‘s one that makes us think and study the language. ♥️👍 3mo
Librarybelle @thecurlybookworm @gradcat It‘s definitely not a book that you can read quickly. I think the translation can also play a part in how quickly/slowly you read. 3mo
rwmg This translation is my first audiobook. It's read by Ian Mckellan. 3mo
Librarybelle @rwmg That sounds interesting 3mo
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Jazinator
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Book #26: What is generally considered to be the sequel to The Iliad, the story of the end of the Trojan War continues after a short break in time. Written by the ancient Greek poet Homer, this story takes place at the end of the Trojan War as one of the war heroes, Odysseus, is trying to make his way home. However, after angering the god Poseidon...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2004/02/the-306-greatest-books-26-odyssey.html

#100greatestbooks

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Leftcoastzen
Odyssey | Homer
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I swore I would not go crazy over the 20% sale at B&N.Had this Emily Wilson translation on my mind since it came out, probably a keeper.Need to start a temporary book buying ban,still need to eat and pay bills .😟

Branwen Same here. It's just so hard when there are SO many great books out there! 😣 5mo
RealBooks4ever My rent went up $110/mo! Where am I supposed to cut spending? Books? No, I'd rather starve! 😆 5mo
Leftcoastzen @Branwen📚📚📚💸💸💸Gotta control myself, I hate it when I “need” a hardcover so bad yet I don‘t get around to reading it till it‘s out in paper, shame on me! 5mo
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Leftcoastzen @RealBooks4ever oh no! That‘s a lot! My worst thing here in Az is summer utility bills.it‘s been unseasonably mild so far. 5mo
Suet624 That‘s a great point about getting the hardcover and not reading it until the paperback is out. 5mo
Severnmeadows 😊This hardback is particularly beautiful! I‘m reading it now and then, but it‘s also so nice to glance up and see it resting on the sofa. 5mo
Leftcoastzen @Suet624 I am embarrassed by how much it happens. 5mo
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michaelmcgee
The Odyssey | Homer
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Emily Wilson translation - 4/5

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BBooks
The Odyssey | Homer
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Actual islands off the coast of Italy where the Sirens live. #ItalyVacation ❤🍕🧜🏻‍♀️

TheBookKeepers 😱😍 5mo
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melissajayne
Odyssey | Homer
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I enjoyed this modern retelling of this classic. I would have to do a side by side reading of this translation and the Fagles translation to find out which version I liked more and see what the differences are between the two. #2019 #litsyatoz #litsyatoz2019 #lettero #o

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VioletMoonBooks
The Odyssey | Homer
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Smarkies I have always wanted to read this... 😁 5mo
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
The Odyssey | Homer
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I want to listen to this, and then listen to The Penelopiad again.

#audibledailydeal

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EmilieGR
Mehso-so

My least favorite of the three: I like the Aeneid and the Iliad better

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JPeterson
The Odyssey | Homer
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And so it begins! On my way to Greece for two weeks! 😄

TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 6mo
RealLifeReading Have fun! 6mo
DivineDiana Fantastic! 👏🏻 6mo
Caterina I love Greece!! Have fun, and share lots of pictures! ❤️😊 6mo
Redwritinghood Enjoy! 6mo
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VioletMoonBooks
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vivastory
Odyssey | Homer
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The opening lines of #SuperMassiveBlackHole called to mind Odysseus & Calypso. After the Trojan War it took Odysseus ten years to return to Ithaca, seven of which he spent with Calypso on Ogygia. It was only following Athena's plea to Zeus that Calypso agreed to provide Odysseus with the materials he'd need to leave. For me their story is one of the more memorable in The Odyssey.
#AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

Mdargusch Nice! I haven‘t read this since high school so I‘m a little foggy on the details. 😂 6mo
Reviewsbylola Great connection! 6mo
gradcat Great thinking on this one! 6mo
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vivastory @gradcat Thanks, for some reason it popped into my head right away. 6mo
emilyhaldi I wish I remembered reading this in high school 🙇🏻‍♀️ 6mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi The Armitage version is fun. He adapted it for BBC as a radio play. 6mo
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CrowCAH
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#AnglophileApril #TakeTheLongWayHome
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zKGOCOAI_2c

Odysseus sure did take the long way home: Scylla and Charybdis, sirens, Circe‘s island and pigs...

Tamra Definitely the scenic route. 6mo
Reviewsbylola Hahahaha, what @tamra said! 6mo
emilyhaldi Like, way too long... 6mo
Mdargusch Cliff notes for the win! 6mo
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madamereadsalot1
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#grief #quotsyapr19 @TK-421

Art: Giuseppe Bottoni - Athena revealing Ithica to Ulysses

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cobwebmoth
The Odyssey | Homer
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Odysseus worked very hard to get back home. (Love Waterhouse's interpretation of the sirens.)
#harddaysnight #thebeatles #AnglophileApril
@Cinfhen @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch

Mdargusch I love this! 💙 6mo
Jsara5761 Awesome illustration! 👏🏻 The Odyssey I‘m my TBR list. Can‘t wait to dig into it! 6mo
Cinfhen Well done 🙌🏻💕 6mo
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Cathythoughts OMG 😮 this picture is amazing 6mo
sudi I'm actually want to read this after i finish 6mo
Reviewsbylola Such an amazing illustration! 6mo
Swe_Eva Waterhouse is so great! 6mo
emilyhaldi I think I read this in high school but I don‘t remember much 😆 6mo
TK421 I love his artistic vision of the Sirens. 6mo
Severnmeadows Quite awesome picture! 6mo
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readordierachel
The Odyssey | Homer
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I love that Wilson translated this into modern language. I enjoyed her notes on why she did so, as well as the introduction, even more than the actual poem. Now to read Circe and The Penelopiad.

vivastory Simon Armitage has a wonderful version that he adapted as a radio play 6mo
readordierachel @vivastory Oh cool! I will track that down! 6mo
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Oryx
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Admiring some of the books at the #litsyreadingretreat - unfortunately my Greek is a bit rusty (or non-existent)

Kalalalatja So pretty! 6mo
Soubhiville Wow! 6mo
Severnmeadows Beautiful! 6mo
Cathythoughts ✨✨✨✨✨ 6mo
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EadieB
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hermyknee
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“I think songwriters are more related to fiction writers. The #Odyssey was a story in song. To me, that's so beautiful, all those painted characters, all those travels and adventures.”
- Regina Spektor

♥️🧡💛listening to Regina Spektor back in the day made high school way less sh!tty

#QuotsyApr19 @TK-421 #LizDoesQuotsy

madamereadsalot1 I love Regina! 7mo
hermyknee @madamereadsalot1 ♥️♥️♥️ 7mo
Johanna414 She is still my favorite! 7mo
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LokiDokey
Odyssey | Homer
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#Manicmonday
📘 Odyssey
🎥 Futurama...the episode where Fry and Bender look at that apartment that's underwater and the sea creature attacks the window 😂
🎵 Under the Sea
@JoScho

JoScho 💛🦑💛 7mo
booklahoma 👍🏻Futurama! 🚀🌎🌝 💫 7mo
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bernadette
The Odyssey | Homer
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So happy to finish! I enjoyed it but got a little impatient for Odysseus to finally take his home back. The ending was rather abrupt but I remember thinking that from when I read it in high school, too.

Bklover Ok, you have inspired me! This is on my bedside table (this exact version). Need. To. Get. Started. 7mo
bernadette @Bklover yay! I'm so flattered. It's a good read with much more life than the prose translation I read in high school. A lot more going on in it too since all the stuff going on with Penelope and Telemachus was cut from the high school version I read. 7mo
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Mitch
The Odyssey | Homer
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The geographer in me loves this! Mapping the Odyssey....

https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/geography-odyssey

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ravenlee
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#SundayShelfie part 4 - I have a mild obsession with the Odyssey, yet don‘t have the Emily Wilson translation. Yet.

#mythsandlegendsswap

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JPeterson
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Two months until our Greece vacation, and after rereading a bunch of myths and The Iliad, totally ready to start my reread of The Odyssey. ❤️

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Oryx
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Thanks for the postcard Helen! @squirrelbrain

I'm starting to think about my stack for #litsyreadingretreat too - the possibilities...

squirrelbrain I think I‘m going to drive rather than taking the train - means I can just fill the boot with books! 8mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain excellent planning! 7mo
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Leniverse @squirrelbrain You realise we're going to a library, right? 😂 7mo
squirrelbrain @Leniverse 🤣🤣 But I have LOTS of TBR shelves at home too, so I‘m definitely bringing some with me! 7mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain @squirrelbrain Plus I reckon it will mostly have academic books, so I'm bringing something a bit more fun 😁 7mo
scripturient @squirrelbrain I love the way you think! 😁 7mo
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JSW
Odyssey | Homer

I‘m just going to ‘fess up that I didn‘t read it all, I‘m not going to read it all, but I wanted the Emily Wilson translation in my library so. There you have it 🤷🏻‍♀️

Morr_Books I'm reading her translation right now! 💕 8mo
JSW @Morr_Books the parts I did read are awesome! 😂 8mo
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readordierachel
The Odyssey | Homer
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#audiobaking some Elmo cupcakes for my kiddo's 2nd birthday.

(I didn't know how badly I needed Claire Danes narrating The Odyssey in my life 😀. She really breathes life into it.)

litenthusiast Those are so cute! 8mo
Purrsistently Those are really great!! 8mo
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cobwebmoth Those cupcakes are so cute! 8mo
Ingerella Wow! So cute! 8mo
Redwritinghood Nice job! Those look fantastic and yummy. 8mo
AmyG How cute! 8mo
Tanisha_A Oooh so darn cuteee! 😍🤤 8mo
saresmoore Oh my goodness! I love them! And I need Claire Danes to read me The Odyssey, too! !!! 8mo
squirrelbrain How cute are they?! 8mo
Booksnchill So fun!!! 8mo
RealLifeReading Oh so cute!! 8mo
Jas16 Omg those cupcakes are awesome 8mo
FreeReadAndWrite 1. Those cupcakes look amazing 2. I feel like I would listen to Claire Danes narrate anything 8mo
TheLibrarian Those cupcakes look fabulous!! 8mo
mrp27 So cute! 8mo
tracey38 Those look great! 8mo
Meglet I‘m going to look up said audiobook. My kid‘s reading The Odyssey in school. I need to keep up! 8mo
vivastory Those cupcakes and fantastic! Happy birthday to your mini rock star! 🙌🎉🎂🎸🤘 8mo
batsy Oh, those are so fab! ❤️ Happy birthday to the lil one 🎈🧁 8mo
readordierachel @saresmoore @FreeReadAndWrite @meglet Seriously, Claire Danes narrating this is wonderful 😍 8mo
rohit-sawant Those are terrific! 🙌🏽 Belated Happy Birthday to him! 🎉🎂🎉 8mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! 😊 8mo
minkyb Well done! 7mo
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Oryx
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Ripping out my knitting for the third time. I should change my name to Penelope.

julesG Oh no! What happened? 8mo
Oryx @julesG I just make a different mistake each time! This time I missed a make one on every row. My friend bought me this wool and it was expensive, so I feel I need to get it right! 😬 4th time's the charm... 8mo
julesG Maybe stitch markers could help. I use coloured ones most of the time, red for increase, blue for decrease, greens are for yarn overs. 8mo
Oryx @julesG I'll try that thanks 😊But in this case I just misread the pattern, so I saw one M1 but not the second one. 8mo
Tamra Lol, had I not read the Odyssey last fall I wouldn‘t have gotten the reference. 😁 8mo
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Severnmeadows
The Odyssey | Homer
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Happily reading the early pages of Emily Wilson‘s new translation of the Odyssey - it‘s really fresh language: Odysseus is ‘a complicated man‘, we are going to be told ‘the old story for our modern times‘. It weaves its spell as we read, with a story within a story.

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Chris
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Emily Wilson‘s translation. I love that super smart and clever (Debatable but so we‘re told) Odysseus needs a goddess to tell him to hold on to something or he‘s going to die. Haha.

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bernadette
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I'm finding that I trust Odysseus much less this time round. A change of perspective - because I'm reading as an adult this time or is it the translation?

Severnmeadows I‘m reading this too, and really enjoying this translation. Its brilliant that Emily Wilson calls him ‘complicated‘ in the first line. 😊 8mo
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TheKidUpstairs
The Odyssey | Homer
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Hey Rosetta!'s #CarryMeHome is a Christmas song about a man who wants nothing more than to reach the warmth and comfort of home, and to escape the hardships he faces. https://youtu.be/61EkGm__esw

An archetypal tale, as old as Western literature. I still have yet to read The Odyssey, but I loved Atwood's tale of the woman left at home awaiting her husband's return.

#TimbitTunes @Cinfhen

LiterRohde Loved The Odyssey. Might have to try 8mo
Mtroiano I loved The Penelopiad! 8mo
Cinfhen Well played🏆 8mo
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BekaReid
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Looking forward to Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey, "Tell me about a complicated man."

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bernadette
The Odyssey | Homer

Reading the Wilson translation and loving it. I haven't read the Odyssey since freshman year in high school and so far it has this huge chunk in the beginning with a young, a bit whiny Telemachus (I'm thinking he grows up somehow) but it's been a really fun read. The characters are shining through more than I remember it doing so in the other translation I read so long ago.

GivenLemons Telemachus annoys me so much! He treats Penelope so badly! 8mo
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