This is a wonderful translation of a classic. It was easy to read, and I fell in love with the story. If you need to read this, I highly recommend this version.
A great translation - very easy to read
Homer's classic, "The Odyssey", is required reading in many literature courses for one good reason: the archetypes of character, situations, and emotions are universal and still used today by modern writers. A timeless tale of one man's painful, 10-year journey back to his homeland after a long war, complete with obstacles such as pirates, cannibals, monsters, storms, witches, and the wrath of the sea-god, Poseidon. An aboslute must-read for anyone serious about literature, and I highly recommend this translation by Robert Fagles - it's perhaps the most readable version out there!
Both my daughter and I have read this book. It is an interesting book. One that is required for most 9th and 10th grade AP English students. It seems to follow along the lines of Troy the movie in some senses.
The best modern translation of this book!
I had heard of The Odyssey before and tried to read it on my own, but it wasn't until it was assigned in my World Lit class that I feel in love with it. It's full of adventure, vengeful gods, lusting goddesses, disguise, and mystery. I don't understand why few have really taken the time to read Homer's works.
I really liked this translation in particular, Robert Fitzgerald did an amazing job of making this ancient text easier to digest and analyze.
I highly recommend reading The Odyssey, whether you are an English major or not.
A defining classic of Greek Mythology in an excellent translation. It can be a bit challenging at times, but the quality of the translation certainly helps to make it far more readable. It should definitely be read by everyone, as a glimpse at the traditional story-telling so popular in Ancient Greece, and in tribute to the culture of Ancient Greece that is so essentially linked to our own.
It's a classic, must read
Accelerated English, freshman year. Never even opened it.