The next elegant edition in the Knickerbocker Classics series, this stunning gift edition of the Iliad and the Odyssey is packaged neatly in an elegant slipcase. The Iliad is the epic poem which retells the story of the ten-year siege on Troy by the Greeks. Its sequel, the Odyssey, describes the journey that the triumphant Greek leader, Odysseus, takes back to Greece following the fall of Troy. Together, they are among the oldest pieces of literature in the Western world and have given rise to many modern ideas.
Created specially for fans of epic poetry and Homer alike, this exquisitely produced gift edition comes with a cloth binding, ribbon marker, and is packaged neatly in an elegant slipcase. The Iliad and the Odyssey also now features a new introduction and the classic translation by Samuel Butler (1835-1902), truly making this edition of the classics an indispensable classic for every home library.
About the Author
Homer is a classical writer little is known about. He was considered by the ancient Greeks to be the greatest epic poet for his works, The Iliad and The Odyssey, two poems that have had a lasting influence on Western literature.
Andrew Lynn teaches literature and writing at Barnard College. He is currently at work on a book about musical listening, silent reading, and the nineteenth-century novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Iliad was a wondrous book about love, adventure, and conflict.
The Odyssey - Homer Homer’s The Odyssey is the epic of Odysseus’ 10 year journey to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan war, while his wife Penelope and son Telemachus fight off the suitors who want claim to Ithaca before Odysseus returns. The story ends as Odysseus succeeds in a seemingly impossible challenge, and then kills off the suitors and reclaims his throne. And you know what, I think it’s one of, if not the best books I have ever read in my life. I say this because it has a lot of action, from multiple points of view, and not only Odysseus trying to find his way home, but to find himself. It also has lessons about exactly what not to do if you want to get your crew killed. That would be doing things like killing sacred cows and going to deadly islands. Also fighting in a ten-year war, but for them that wasn’t really a viable option. Not only that, but the narration and storytelling is just amazing. The way Homer tells the story really keeps the reader on the edge of their seat for the entire book. Not only that, but the plot is excellent. It has an organized series of events that make sense to the reader, and not only that, the events are exhilarating, and they had tons of actions, such as when his crew was turned into guinea pigs and when he had to fight off Scylla and Charybdis. Not like those books that throw random events at you and expect you to interpret them, and they aren’t even very exciting. It also has a logical way to tell them. Each and every event in the story has a good backstory to it, and makes sense. In the story, Odysseus has to go through many emotional, as well as mental problems. He has to deal with depression, as he was lamenting on the island of Calypso, and he had to use his cunning to claim his throne back from the suitors. He also had to get his crew out of many different situations, such as his crew turning into guinea pigs and not to eat the cattle of Apollo.(Which they did) He also faced a couple of challenges against himself and his own will. For example, he had to tell his crew to keep him tied up while he heard the song of the sirens. And he had to have the willpower to return to the home that was overrun by the suitors. Not only that, he fought them too. So you could say he had to face quite an array of challenges.
This is the most challenging book I have ever read, but the challenge was definitely worth it. I've been wanting to read this book for a while and take my time reading it. I enjoyed both poems. The Iliad was heartbreaking, while The Odyssey was more adventurous. The Gods and Goddesses are very manipulative, they're definitely not to be messed with. Both the mortals and immortals are ruthless. I could definitely see myself rereading this book.