Thursday, January 4, 2018

Book Beginning: The Odyssey (tr. Emily Wilson)

Tell me about a complicated man. the beginning of The Odyssey by Homer in Emily Wilson's new translation.

I have to say, I love that opening and so far I think it's a superb translation. The introduction was a bit meandering, though, so I definitely want to think of the first line of the poem as the beginning. I've read the Odyssey before, but even still, there were a few points in this reading I was ready to tear up it was so affecting.

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a bookish meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. To play, quote the beginning of the book you're currently reading, give the author and title, and any thoughts (or tall tales or lies about being Cretan) you like.


  1. I am intrigued by the book...and have not yet read it. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  2. This always sounds like a good book to read, but I've never picked it up. It's on my 1001 books to read before I die list though. :)

    I'm featuring my Goodreads Group Read of the month: : A Snowflake's Chance in Hell.

    Happy Weekend!

  3. I've been wanting to tackle that for a while. That and Morte d'Arte. Someday. Good for you!

  4. I've also read The Odyssey in other forms. Complicated is an understatement. Hope you continue to enjoy it.

  5. I've never read this one. I hope you enjoy the new translation. This week I'm reading The English Wife by Lauren Willig. Happy reading!

  6. I honestly don't think I have ever read The Odyssey. Glad you found a good translation.
    I am read nonfiction this week: Dreaming the Beatles

  7. I don't think I've ever read this either...

    Thanks for sharing! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

    1. I've read a couple of different translations & I would definitely choose this one. It's a good read, too. Romance and monsters, what's not to like?!