Sing in me, muse . . .
I hate this book with a burning passion of hate of a billion suns. Two syllables : BO-RING.
i suspect that may have to do with the fact that you had to study the text.
any book that's a part of a course, no matter how brilliant, becomes boring.
exactly. but i probably wouldn't have read the book anyway. im sure if it was just a pleasure read, and you like this sort of book, it would be a good read. but not quite if you have to read so much per day and take a test on it within a month. it is also so hard to remember all of the names of the characters. i still dislike it verryy much.
i would have to say i agree with you, nicoleeliseloveness. (:
it is an extremely slow, tiresome book. however, if you have sleep insomnia, i do recommend this book. it is guaranteed to put you into a deep sleepppp. yeah. i went there.
SU-PER-BO-RING. there, four syllables. save the money people, donttttt buy ittt. !
check it out
Oh, yes! It took me YEARS to sit down with this and I LOVED it! I see some one said it was way to long to be enjoyed, but I was wishing it would go on and on! But I am a fan of mythology and fantasy.
Iv'e been reading this thing since i was 15 and i am thirty
What i most find astounding is the scripture in genesis 5 or six
"...and the angels of men made love to the daughters of man and thus the heroes of the world reknown
yes...I agree that there may be some actual truth to some of these "legends" of old....
i hate this book,,,,,,,,,it was soooo boring and i did not enjoy it at all,,,,,,,
the odyssey of homer
it was ok
Hard to imagine that there was a time when everybody knew about these tales and the peoples in them. It's a sad, sad day when a great literary work such as this is passed over for the Pottery and da Vinci-an blah that passes for literature nowadays.
hard for me to feel like it is either/or. i love the diversity of wondeful books thatg have been writeen, just in english in the past 100 yrs, i am sure from the little i have seen translated, that other languages are also full of stuff way up the road from pop lit. homer is like the bible, a complilation of writers of a long peroid of time and for the longest most of the lit the world knew. it is great, but it and other classics are mostly great for what they tell us of those early years of lit, i think faulkner, morrison, naylor, kingsolver, twain, cather, greene, marquez, and dozens or even hundreds of others write to the level or above the "classics" no reason to be depressed. our era will not be remembered for jkrowling, stephen king or james patterson
Say what you will about "the Pottery" and whether or not you believe that it is good literature, but it has also sparked a surge in kid's interest in reading. If we can't get kids interested in reading anything, they'll never make it to the "classics" like Homer. If the worst that our generation of writing is remembered for is Harry Potter, I'd be proud to stand behind writing that may not be as flowery and meaningful as classics of the past, but brought people back to books.
The greatest story ever told, so beautifully told. This novel, or song, coupled with the Iliad are without the cornerstones of Western Literature, and quite possibly their finest achievements. Danielle, comparing the Odyssey to Harry Potter is like comparin a sugar cube and a real meal. Many people want the cube, and the stupid will take it, but those with brains who crave word nourishment will always choose the meal.
I'll drink to that.
All your base are belong to us.
Odyssey can kick Iliad's butt any day of the WEEK!
Seriously, though, The story of the Iliad is too long and drawn out with endless descriptions (the ships and the shield, for instance) and the Odyssey is the classic hero's journey tale. As far as an entertaining read goes, the Odyssey is much stronger, in my opinion. If you want to be "educated" and lulled to sleep, then the Iliad is my choice for you.
As for being concerned about the "literature" of this period taking some sort of popular precedence over the "classics," your first mistake was claiming that these modern stories are "literature" at all. Take fluffy, entertaining fiction for what it is. It doesn't purport to be "literature" in the high-minded sense of the word. It is simply entertaining fiction that brings people back to the written word, as others have said before me. There is nothing wrong with people reading crap, as long as they are reading.
We were supposed to read this in English class, but the stupid teacher wasted two weeks on grammar and we didn't get to read this!!
I NEED to visit the library...
seems to me like your teacher did you a big favor, on three counts:
you have to go to the library!
you got some help on grammar, which is sorely lacking in most modern education ( i am a prime example)
and you will get to read this book without too much "instruction" which means you have a very good chance to fall in love with it. and you discuss it here or next year with your classmates! so thank your teacher!!!!
Summary: This story is about Odysseus who is stuck on an island capture by a Greek goddess. Throughout the story the Greek gods and goddesses are debating about the future of Odysseus. In the story Zeus sends Hermes to go rescue Odysseus and the story describes the adventure he goes through and the struggles he faces.
Reason Chosen: I think this story is really good because it is an interesting way of portraying the Greeks gods and goddesses. I had never been really interested in the different ways that the Greeks viewed the different gods and goddesses until I read this book. I think it creates a great story while showing the different personalities and traits of each of the different gods. I also believe it has a great story line with a lot of adventure that keeps you wondering what might happen next throughout the whole story.
Use in Classroom: In my classroom I would use this as both a read aloud and a take home book. I believe that when using it in the classroom as a read aloud you can do both the teacher reading it aloud as well as a book on tape. When you create a variety of presenting a book to students I believe that it keeps the students involved and enjoying the book. I also think with this piece of literature you can bring in a lot of different activities. Students can keep journals of the adventures as well as you can do a lot with character charts. Because there are so many different characters throughout the story you can create a lot of character charts with this story.
what the hell is it Im reading? and why is it so awesome! and why am I barely getting around to reading this now??
We are reading this for my Classical Civilizations class, and though i am only into the first couple books, I love it. The stories are beautiful and enchanting. It is so easy to get lost in, I am finding the work of Homer to be truly captivating, and I can not wait to read this again in University!