What attracted me to this version of the classic books was actually the cover. On bookshelves full of dry classic paperback (each with the obiligatory classic statue on the front cover), the books by Fagles used different textures of paper, begging you to pick them up. Plus the each page is made of paper of deliberately slightly different widths, to give it a "hand bound" quality. so, before you even start reading, you start falling in love with the book! I promptly called home and asked my girlfriend to check the price on amazon and she told me there was this "dual" version.No contest, I cam home and logged on here.
The translation has recieved polarised reactions. some accuse it of ruining the poetic nature of the works, others that it "brings it upto date, for a new generation" (you can imagine the hyperbole).
I would say its somewhere inbetween. I own another two versions, but this is the one I would read to simply enjoy the story, the drama and the characterisations. ok, if there are passages ou feel have been diluted in the translations, then dig out your other versions ( i assume the crtics ARE talking from experience!)
What makes THIS particular purchase so neat is that you get both books in a hard cover surround. (not just "one" paperback) so not only do you save money (surf on this site and see for yourself), but it looks drop dead gorgeous as well. ie the perfect gift! Highly recommended