Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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February Books 23) The Odyssey, by Homer

This is the translation of The Odyssey by T.E. Lawrence. The narrative is, of course, very dense, as you would expect from transposing epic poetry into prose, and I rather felt that I should read it again some time over a period of weeks, taking one of the 24 chapters each day in several translations. The central narrative has more of Odysseus' son Telemachus than I had realised - he goes off on an initial quest for his father and then is instrumental in engineering his return to Ithaca. I was also startled by the brutal violence with which Odysseus and Telemachus dispose of Penelope's suitors and the maidservants. Most of the stories I already knew from other reading, but it was interesting to get a sense of the original.
Tags: bookblog 2009, writer: te lawrence
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