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The Odyssey: Translated by Robert Fitzgerald (Vintage Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Homer , Robert Fitzgerald
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"Homer's Odyssey is still enchanting readers after thousands of years" (Guardian)

"Surely the best and truest Odyssey in the English language" (Herald Tribune)

"Fitzgerald is taking his place beside Chapman and Pope in the unbroken lineage of English Homeric translations...it has the economy and soar of a poet" (George Steiner)

"A strong salty flavour of its own. And it makes you see things" (C.S. Lewis)

"The Homeric poems are interesting...because of the way in which they present human shocks and surprises... It is the surprising twist that war brings to the domestic...which makes Homer repeatedly shocking" (London Review of Books)

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The best poetic version of The Odyssey to have appeared this century - Hugh Lloyd-Jones

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (25 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GCTQ90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Homer was probably born around 725BC on the Coast of Asia Minor, now the coast of Turkey, but then really a part of Greece. Homer was the first Greek writer whose work survives.

He was one of a long line of bards, or poets, who worked in the oral tradition. Homer and other bards of the time could recite, or chant, long epic poems. Both works attributed to Homer - The Iliad and The Odyssey - are over ten thousand lines long in the original. Homer must have had an amazing memory but was helped by the formulaic poetry style of the time.

In The Iliad Homer sang of death and glory, of a few days in the struggle between the Greeks and the Trojans. Mortal men played out their fate under the gaze of the gods. The Odyssey is the original collection of tall traveller's tales. Odysseus, on his way home from the Trojan War, encounters all kinds of marvels from one-eyed giants to witches and beautiful temptresses. His adventures are many and memorable before he gets back to Ithaca and his faithful wife Penelope.

We can never be certain that both these stories belonged to Homer. In fact 'Homer' may not be a real name but a kind of nickname meaning perhaps 'the hostage' or 'the blind one'. Whatever the truth of their origin, the two stories, developed around three thousand years ago, may well still be read in three thousand years' time.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars lovely. 3 Jun 2014
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yes, it is.
well translated.
suited to non-academics, yet, it retains its classic story...
I still have to read all of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Odyssey translated by Robert Fitzgerald 31 Jan 2012
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I used this translation as a student 40 years ago but have mislaid my original copy, so was delighted to find it was still in print and available at a good price.
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