Odyssey by Homer
This text was first up on the reading list for my Classical Backgrounds in English Literature course. I had no idea what to expect and came out of the reading experience delighted. For those of you unfamiliar with Odyssey, it is a Greek epic poem written as a sequel to the Iliad (which I have not read). The poem is the story of Odysseus and his journey home to Ithaca after the fall of Troy, fraught with turmoil and troubles. It is a tale of metamorphosis, which happens to be the theme of my class this semester.
I have one tip for you; edition is to the Odyssey as location is to real estate. It is of the utmost importance to your success as a reader. There are a dozen free versions for e-readers out there, but you will have trouble understanding the story. A decent translation is the only way to fully grasp the impressive narrative of Odyssey. I read the edition translated by Stanley Lombardo and could not have been more pleased. It flows well and relates the action perfectly.
I would recommend this book if you have an interest in mythology or if you just want to enjoy a good story. I’m surprised that there isn’t a film or video game adaptation yet. Odysseus is a valiant warrior with many good traits that would translate well to the big screen.