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The Odyssey (Oxford Myths & Legends) [Paperback]

Barbara Leonie Picard
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3 Feb 2000 Oxford Myths & Legends
This is the exciting story of Odysseus's famous journey. After the fall of Troy, Odysseus sets sail for his island kingdom of Ithaca, but his voyage will take ten whole years. He has to face many dangers: the one-eyed giant Polyphemus; Circe's enchanted island, and the sirens who lure sailors to their death. He even journeys down into the underworld and meets the dead Greek heroes. And all the time, his wife and son are waiting, hoping against hope that he will come and help them face the men who have invaded their home.

Homer's great epic poem is brought to life in this critically acclaimed, classic retelling by Barbara Leonie Picard.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (3 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192750755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192750754
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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AFTER their ten-year-long war with the men of Troy was ended and the Trojan city had fallen in flames and smoke, the victorious Greeks gathered together their booty and their prisoners; and when the great King Agamemnon, who was in charge of all the Grecian host, had given the word, one by one all those leaders of the Greeks who had survived the fighting boarded their ships and set sail for home. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars For kids of all ages (including dads) 27 April 2009
Bought it under the pretense of reading it to my daughter at bedtime and thouroughly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to Homer 25 Mar 2009
By Ted Sofis - Published on
I first read Barbara Leonie Picard's retelling of the Odyssey when I was young and since that time, it has held a special place in my heart. I read it aloud to my daughter when she was a little girl. Picard captures the beauty of the language in a manner that young people can understand and appreciate. The illustrations by Kiddell Monroe, in keeping with the period, portray the characters as figures on a Grecian vase. This is a wonderful book and a terrific introduction to magical lyrical work of Homer. Over the years as I grew older I read many excellent translations of the Odyssey both in prose and in verse, but it is this introduction to Homer that first opened my eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This fantastic retelling has me and my two sons in its grip 30 Aug 2010
By S. Becker - Published on
This is a great retelling, which I found surprisingly engaging for my 6 and 7 year old boys, and very enjoyable for Dad and Mom as well. I'm always on the lookout for something which both they and I will like, and this really fits the bill.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 11 Dec 2012
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Item in great shape. Fast delivery. My son loved this book. Great way to get kids into Greek mythology. Home is the best.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Retelling of Homer 29 Nov 2012
By Black Plum - Published on
This another famous tale that Barbara Leonie Picard retold as part of the Oxford series. This one tells of Odysseus as he tries to journey home to Ithaca from Troy, and is thwarted again and again, battling many dangers, such as the Cyclops, the Sirens, Scylla, and Circe, a cunning and evil sorceress. However, in this version, Circe actually ends up helping Odysseus and his men. Also, there is Calypso, the nymph. Though she plays only a minor role, she is one of my favorite characters. Once again, I really liked Leonie Picard's wonderful writing style. This book and her book about Norse Gods are really good for kids, and I enjoyed it too. I looked up Leonie Picard and she has written many other retellings of famous tales, and also a collection of fairy tales. She is a really good writer, I think. The first part of the book tells of Odysseus's travels, and the second part tells of his son, Telemachus, who looks for him and tries to dispel the loutish suitors who have invaded his mother (Odysseus's wife's) house in hopes of marrying her. The third part tells of Odysseus when he returns to Ithaca. I really liked the way the book was divided.

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