Surprisingly readable. I thought I was going to have to have a Cliffs Notes version or something to help me understand the text (as you would with Shakespeare, Beowulf and the like), but the translation was awesome. Starts out with Oedipus the King addressing some city representatives, and having to solve a murder mystery to appease the gods. Dude....if there was ever a great example of the phrase "Ignorance is bliss", than this is it. Gets you thinking about fate vs. free will, and blindness vs. insight. Crazy ending, too (I literally yelled, "Oh, snap!"). Got through it in 3 days, totally painless reading, glad I read it!
From the back cover:
Oedipus the King is considered the masterpiece of the hundred or so plays written by Sophocles. It has been universally praised for its ingeniously constructed plot and extraordinary insight into human motive and circumstance. In The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud summarized the psychological implications: "As the poet brings the guilt of Oedipus to light by his investigation, he forces us to become aware of our own inner selves, in which the same impulses are still extant, even though they are suppressed..." After more than 2,000 years, the basic questions about human behavior raised in this dramatic gem are still being vigorously debated.
The classic greek tragedy by sophocles that was translated into an acting version by Bernard Knox. For a person who would like to put this play on. This book has photographs of greek artifacts.
While I was familiar with the story, I realized I had not actually read it. After reading it, I realized I had no idea about what Sophocles as actually trying to say. This book is not about weird family relationships. It is about the hubris of the youth and the need to know so desperately, that ignore all the signs that "lesser" men might tell you. In search of his burning truth, Oedipus ignores scores of people that try to tell him, to give up. But unlike all of the Hollywood glamor stories, the advice that was given was actually legitimate. He destroys himself, his mother, and his kids, while he could have stayed blissfully ignorant.
There's also so many other rich plots and morals packed in this book, it's really hard to go into all of them here. Definitely a great worthy read.