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The Trojan War is over. A hero longs for home. And his wife, ever faithful, longs for his return. So begins The Odyssey, Homer's epic tale of the warrior Odysseus's journey home. Although the fighting at Troy has finished, Odysseus's battles are far from over. More than anything he wishes to return to Ithaca, where his wife Penelope has been waiting for him—and fending off suitors—for many years. But separating Odysseus from that happy reunion is a vast sea, full of otherworldly creatures and untold dangers. It is the realm of gods and heroes, where the monsters of myth and legend may lie just around any bend. Lured by the song of the Sirens and threatened by the menacing Cyclops Polyphemus, mighty Odysseus must draw on all his strengths to elude catastrophe and make his way back, finally, to what he treasures most—home.
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THE GODS IN COUNCIL--MIVERVA'S VISIT TO ITHACA--THE CHALLENGE FROM TELEMACHUS TO THE SUITORS.
Tell me, O Muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy. Many cities did he visit, and many were the nations with whose manners and customs he was ...
Reviewed by lpaulow on Apr 9, 2009
Long and drawn-out
This is the long, drawn-out tale of one man's journey back to his homeland.
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