on 14 September 2013
I love the story of Odysseus and am all for versions of classic tales for children but this one was missing the spark of adventure. The vivid colourful escapades he encountered before being reunited with Penelope were all a bit flat - the final chapter was the best, a shame as all the main characters were there - Circe, Polyphemus and the Gods. If you are going to write a very familiar story then the book needs to stand out amongst others and this one doesn't.
I appreciate this is a short book but it could have included far more characterisation, the main players should leap out from the page to boost a child's imagination. A reasonable introduction to the Greek myths and legends it could have been so much better. The first couple of chapters showed promise but although still readable the story then just meandered along. i did like the final chapter and will certainly be digging out more books to read on this subject. The illustrations at the beginning of each chapter were awful, shame the illustrator of the front cover hadn't done the pictures throughout the book as well.
Overall a basic introduction to the wanderings of Odysseus but could have been better. I do like this Puffin Classics series for children usually but this was weak. 2.5 out of 5 really but rounded up to 3.
I do think the previous reviewer was a little unfair to give such a low mark on the fact that they hadn't checked exactly what they were purchasing - Puffin books would hardly be an in depth translation for adults!!! ( I appreciate I have given a low score but my review is based on the exact book bought!!)
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on 7 June 2012
I bought this, expecting an in depth translation of the original, only to find an abridged version that was read in an hour or so. It may be okay for children, but not for adults who want to read the story properly.