A Dramatic Retelling of Homer's Epic
ISBN10: 0393330818 ISBN13: 9780393330816 Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc Published: Apr 1 2008 Pages: 266 Weight: 0.48lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.25" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
In this new verse adaptation, originally commissioned for BBC radio, Simon Armitage has recast Homer's epic as a series of bristling dramatic dialogues: between gods and men; between no-nonsense Captain Odysseus and his unruly, lotus-eating, homesick companions; and between subtle Odysseus (wiliest hero of antiquity) and a range of shape-shifting adversaries--Calypso, Circe, the Sirens, the Cyclops--as he and his men are pinballed between islands of adversity. One of the most individual voices of his generation, Armitage revitalizes our sense of the Odyssey as oral poetry, as indeed one of the greatest of tall tales.