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The ancient Greek poet Homer established the gold standard for heroic quests and sweeping journeys with his pair of classic epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey. Crowded with characters, both human and non-human, and bursting with action, the epic tales detail the fabled Trojan War and the adventures of Odysseus as he struggles to return home. Homer’s epics have inspired countless books and works of art throughout their long history.
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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.