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The Odyssey

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A book by Gareth Hinds

*Starred Review* As the proliferation of recent Odyssey graphic novelizations approaches the record held by Shakespeare adaptations, it is perhaps appropriate that Hinds, the Bard’s premiere sequential adapter, should produce the most lavish retelling … see full wiki

Author: Gareth Hinds
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Candlewick
1 review about The Odyssey

Sail once again on the "wine dark sea"

  • Oct 14, 2010
I have always enjoyed reading the classic books and other epics from the distant past, and the works of Homer are no exception. I've read both "The Odyssey" and "The Iliad" in various translations, both prose and poetry, and found them fascinating works of literature. When I saw that there was a graphic novel version of the "Odyssey" I just had to buy it, and I am very happy that I did.

The artwork is superb and the story line is essentially faithful to Homer, but put into words and phrases that all can understand. When I read the inside and back covers of this work I discovered that the publishers saw this as reading for teens and young adults. I'm far from those ages (at 64), but still have that fascination with a classic tale well told as is this one.

Its been many years since I've read the full story, but this book is quite an excellent refresher course in early Greek epic poetry. The artist takes no overt liberties with the tale; he treats it with respect and that respect comes through on every page. I fully intend to present this book to my 14 ½ year old granddaughter for her to read and enjoy, for she has inherited both her grandfather's and father's love of reading. I sincerely hope she enjoys it as much as I have.

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