Homer's Odyssey Paperback
20 years after the Trojan war, the Gods have decided it is time for Odysseus to return to Ithaca, before his wife Penelope is forced to marry again.
Angry Poseidon is seeking revenge for the murder of his son, and Odysseus has many perilous storms and treacherous landfalls ahead of him if he is to be reunited with Penelope.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 01/11/2007
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780571229369
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Review by abbottthomas
This dramatisation of the Homeric story of the prolonged homeward journey of Odysseus after the seige of Troy was commissioned by the BBC and broadcast in 2004. It is published by Faber as Poetry, which given the author seems fair enough, although, in truth, the reader would hardly notice that it was. The tale is written as dialogue, sometimes with Odysseus relating the story to Nausicaa and the other Phaeacians, sometimes as a dramatisation of a particular part of the adventure. The language is 21st C. British English with a distinct hint of Armitage's Yorkshire roots (e.g. the word ' mithered' is used).All the familiar episodes from the voyage are covered and the story moves along at a cracking pace. With no descriptive writing, someone (Is there anyone?) new to the myth might feel they were missing something but the format works and is well suited to be read aloud. In his preface, Armitage stated that, although written as a radio script it was always at the back of his mind that it was "Not just something to be performed, but something to read. A book, in fact."