THE ILIAD AND THE ODYSSEY OF HOMER Author:Alfred J. Church "I have always felt that if you could hold these two stories to your ear, like a shell, you would hear two different sounds. the Iliad resounds with the clash of arms, the beat of horses' hooves, the cries of men struggling in pain or exultant in victory. But the sound of the Odyssey is the sound of the sea, murmurous or thunderous, suggesting r... more »omantic voyages to distant lands," writes Clifton Fadiman in his Afterword.
Alfred J. Church's beautiful prose versions of these epics have long been recognized as the ideal introduction for young readers to the world of classical literature. With this volume, every young boy and girl can discover the meanings behind names that ring through all literature. Achilles and the story of his wrath against Agamemnon. Helen of Troy, hector, and the strange places and fantastic characters Ulysses encounters during his voyage. Above all, both epics provide reading in the grand manner - the Iliad with its vivid portrayals of human nature; the Odyssey with its marvelous, almost dreamlike tales that speak to the imaginative part of all of us.« less