Summary: The classic story of Odysseus, a Greek hero, returning home from the Trojan War. It takes him ten years to return to his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus, in Ithaca. Having been trapped on an island with the goddess Calypso, Odysseus is finally able to begin his journey home through the help of the goddess Athena. On his trek home, Odysseus encounters all kinds of monsters and setbacks; a cyclops Odysseus blinds, a massive whirlpool that nearly sinks his ship, the underworld, a six-headed monster, and the sea-god Poseidon who’s angry with Odysseus for blinding his son, the cyclops. Using his wit, charm, and heroic abilities, Odysseus battles his way home where his wife is being courted by a horde of suitors who try to convince her that her husband is never returning home.
Six Word Review: Classic stories are definitely worth reading.
I started reading because: the Odyssey is the second oldest surviving written work. (The Illiad, the first part of the story of the Odyssey, is the oldest).
I would give this book 10/10 stars because it contains so many elements of stories that are used in modern storytelling. It has humor, it has romance, and it has action. It’s a well-rounded story.
I loved the fantastical elements. Greek mythology is very cool. I hated… I mean I didn’t really hate anything.
If the lead character Odysseus was in a high school yearbook, he/she would be voted Most Likely To: Succeed At Everything Ever
Anything else we should know? Sometimes the concern with older works is that they won’t be as relatable as modern works, but I assure you the Odyssey is plenty relatable.