The Odyssey has always been a favorite of mine so when I started reading this book I mainly wanted to just get through the Iliad so I could start reading the Odyssey.
I had never read the Iliad before and have to say I totally loved it! Obviously the entire story is about the Trojan War so the entire story is pretty much set on the battle field. This is by far one of the most intellectually stimulating books I have ever read and I will definitely read it multiple times.
Once I got through the Iliad however, I did need to take a break from the book. It can become tiresome after 400 pages of constant explanation of each person's lineage and the repeating of multiple passages. But considering it was written in the 8th century I don't mind it as this was the norm at that time.
Great book for anyone who enjoys Greek Mythology and the story of Troy and the woman who launched a thousand ships as well as the incredible story of Odysseus and his hardships...
The Iliad & the Odyssey are without a doubt two of the greatest works of literature of all time. Both deal with war, romance, intrigue, and honor. Part of what makes these great works however is their in depth view on the nature of man. There is no doubt that these are classics. They have endured for thousands of years. I would simply like to review the Leatherbound Classics edition by Barnes & Noble. This is a beautiful tome that makes a nice gift or a nice edition to any library. The leather cover is soft with pictures of a Greek god and goddess. The pages are gilded with a cloth ribbon book mark. The print is easy to read and the translation by Butler flows nicely. If you enjoy this, I would recommend two other books in the same Leatherbound Classics series by Barnes & Noble. The first is Bulfinch's Mythology and the Second is The Republic by Plato. I would also recommend The Aeneid by Virgil (get the Penguin edition translated by Fagels).
My son loves this book. Anything to encourage reading and such a beautiful leather book. He will treasure it forever.
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