Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Odyssey, retold by Barbara Leonie Picard

Another review from January:

"This another famous tale that Barbara Leonie Picard retold as part of the Oxford series. This one tells of Odysseus as he tries to journey home to Ithaca from Troy, and is thwarted again and again, battling many dangers, such as the Cyclops, the Sirens, Scylla, and Circe, a cunning and evil sorceress. However, in this version, Circe actually ends up helping Odysseus and his men. Also, there is Calypso, the nymph. Though she plays only a minor role, she is one of my favorite characters. Once again, I really liked Leonie Picard's wonderful writing style. This book and her book about Norse Gods are really good for kids, and I enjoyed it too. I looked up Leonie Picard and she has written many other retellings of famous tales, and also a collection of fairy tales. She is a really good writer, I think. The first part of the book tells of Odysseus's travels, and the second part tells of his son, Telemachus, who looks for him and tries to dispel the loutish suitors who have invaded his mother (Odysseus's wife's) house in hopes of marrying her. The third part tells of Odysseus when he returns to Ithaca. I really liked the way the book was divided. 272 pages, 4 stars."

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