Written by Homer, Geraldine McCaughrean
Illustrated by Victor Ambrus
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This is Homer's classic tale of Odysseus' 10-year voyage back home to his wife Penelope in Ithaca after the Trojan war.
It tells of his encounters with the Cyclops, the Sirens, Scylla and Charibdis and his eventual arrival home, to be recognized by his dog.
The Odyssey by Homer, Geraldine McCaughrean
This is the epic journey of Odysseus, the hero of Ancient Greece...
After ten years of war, Odysseus turns his back on Troy and sets sail for home. But his voyage takes another ten years and he must face many dangers - Polyphemus the greedy one-eyed giant, Scylla the six-headed sea monster and even the wrath of the gods themselves - before he is reunited with his wife and son.
It is brilliantly retold by award-winning author, Geraldine McCaughrean.
[Robert Fitzgerald's translation is] a masterpiece . . . An Odyssey worthy of the original. - The Nation
[Fitzgerald's Odyssey and Iliad ] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer's art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase. - The Yale Review
[In] Robert Fitzgerald's translation . . . there is no anxious straining after mighty effects, but rather a constant readiness for what the occasion demands, a kind of Odyssean adequacy to the task in hand, and this line-by-line vigilance builds up into a completely credible imagined world. - from the Introduction by Seamus Heaney
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Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
4th September 1997
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