The Odyssey by Homer
The Odyssey is Homer’s epic of Odysseus’ 10-year struggle to return home after the Trojan War. While Odysseus battles mystical creatures and faces the wrath of the gods, his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus stave off suitors vying for Penelope’s hand and Ithaca’s throne long enough for Odysseus to return.
SUPER late in coming, but here is my review of the classic I read in June, The Odyssey!
This is another classic that I can’t believe it took me so long to read! I really enjoyed the storyline of The Odyssey, but I thought that Odysseus himself was a flawed character that made some questionable decisions.
My favorite part of this epic was Odysseus’ descriptions of the adventures he went on (which is also the part that I read in Latin so many years ago). While the story about how he was found and the descriptions of his endless wit were “interesting” I thought he came across as a bit of an arrogant twat in some of the scenes.
Admittedly, I read this to get a little more background on Circe before starting the new retelling of the story of the infamous witch by Madeline Miller, and I accomplished that.
Overall, this is a classic I believe everyone should read; however, I don’t think I’ll be picking this up again for a reread in the future.