Your Memberships & Subscriptions
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle for Web.
Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Follow the Author
The Odyssey (AmazonClassics Edition) Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Kindle, June 27, 2017|| |
|$2.99 to buy|
Audible Audiobook, Unabridged
|Free with your Audible trial|
Mass Market Paperback, Special Edition
MP3 CD, Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
After enduring the Trojan War, Odysseus begins the treacherous journey home to Ithaca. On the way, he faces ravenous monsters and vengeful gods. But the real battle awaits, as his kingdom is under siege by unruly suitors vying for his wife’s hand—and his son’s head. To reclaim his throne and save his family, Odysseus must rely on his wits…and help from the unpredictable gods.
Homer’s The Odyssey was composed around 700 BC. It is one of the earliest epics in existence and remains one of the most influential works of literature today.
Revised edition: Previously published as The Odyssey, this edition of The Odyssey (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
About the Author
Homer is believed to have been born sometime between the twelfth and eighth centuries BC. While the works of the Greek poet have had a significant influence on Western culture and literature, very little is known about the blind bard from Ionia. Some scholars allege that the epics The Iliad and The Odyssey were actually composed by groups of storytellers who worked in the oral tradition.
Regardless, the epics assigned to Homer have become the chief sources for world mythology, our understanding of early human society, and tales of life in ancient Greece.
- ASIN : B071JBJTFY
- Publisher : AmazonClassics (June 27, 2017)
- Publication date : June 27, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2051 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 548 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,409 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1 in Epic Poetry (Kindle Store)
- #10 in Epic Poetry (Books)
- #142 in Fiction Classics
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2022
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The work and activity, the general course of events is quite clear, as long as it is kept in mind that they are not told as events as they occur, but afterwardas as a travel account. Here a terrible number of people and gods are included. Only a limited number of activities and a vague impression of the importance of things fasten in mind. When reading you cannot avoid comparing life now and then. Odyssian life seems to be concentrated to more essential things than is our life. Just eating, drinking, dressing, and homemaking get more attention than in our life. All the action is in every respect more grandiose than it is now. People are gathered in big numbers. Whole pigs will be eaten, a lot of washing, rough behavior. Fighting for petty reasons, ruthless killing, but also generous treating: clothes, lavish gifts are given.
The difference in the relationship between man and god is really great. This of course, because of the fundamental difference between the polytheistic and monotheistic religions. We have only one God who is behind everything and decides everything perfectly. Ulysse's gods are many and they are dedicated to specific issues. There are contradictions between the gods and not just between people and in human relations to the gods. But the gods are also closer to the people and behave like people. While here man is created as image of God, Odyssian gods are vice versa enlarged pictures of man.
Are there any books to which this unique story could be compared? Yes, to similar works of polytheistic worldview, such as the Kalevala, which also describes a journey, Sampo robbery and acquiring it back to its original use as the source of general well-being. Because the world of the Kalevala is more human and refined, it is in my eyes more appealing than the heights of mountains and jagged environments of Odyssean world.
Although the plot is clear and justified, a question remains: Why does not Odysseus straight away go to meet Penelope? So would a hero of our world undoubtedly have done.
However, no way avoiding full five stars, mainly for the clarity and great features of the plot.
I would order a different version for anyone really wanting to dive into this book...and one which isn't quite as hard on the eyes.
As this version of the story unwinds, there is a somewhat surprising lack of emphasis on the actual adventures and more emphasis on those first person accounts of his difficulties in returning home as narrated by Odysseus himself. He lands on various islands where he is received courteously and treated very well. While there, he recounts to the leaders quite different accounts of his own background and difficulties in returning to Ithaca. The impression is left that many of the "tales" of the Odyssey came out of Odysseus' imagination, departing from the legends as suits the impression the man wishes to leave with his various hosts.
At any rate, I would recommend this book as one of the versions to study about the Odyssey for anyone interested in understanding this epic poem in depth.
Otherwise lost in this age I decided to go back to the beginning, and like our hero depart this never never land the nymph Calypso tells me I am in where all is beautiful and there is no mortality. Ulysses knows who he is and leaves, preferring humanity.
In contrast we are unmoored from all we have been before. We have no epic mythology that tells us who we are. Instead we are informed by the cyclops television, desktop computer or smart phone. How reliable are the stories these things tell live by?
What I learned from Ulysses was I had the power to sharpen a stick and poke these monsters in the eye. Then set sail for Ithaca.