The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel

The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel By Nikos Kazantzakis Kimon Friar Ghika, The Odyssey A Modern Sequel A continuation of Homer s epic poem Kazantzakis s own Odyssey finds Odysseus once again leaving Ithaca on finding that the satisfactions of home and hearth are not as he remembered them Following an
  • Title: The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel
  • Author: Nikos Kazantzakis Kimon Friar Ghika
  • ISBN: 9780671202477
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel By Nikos Kazantzakis Kimon Friar Ghika, A continuation of Homer s epic poem, Kazantzakis s own Odyssey finds Odysseus once again leaving Ithaca on finding that the satisfactions of home and hearth are not as he remembered them Following an encounter with the former Helen of Troy now returned to her husband, the king of Sparta, after the ignominious defeat of the Trojans , Odysseus gradually wends his way to EgA continuation of Homer s epic poem, Kazantzakis s own Odyssey finds Odysseus once again leaving Ithaca on finding that the satisfactions of home and hearth are not as he remembered them Following an encounter with the former Helen of Troy now returned to her husband, the king of Sparta, after the ignominious defeat of the Trojans , Odysseus gradually wends his way to Egypt and southward, grappling all the while with questions about the nature of God Considered by Kazantzakis himself to be one of his most important works, The Odyssey takes readers on a richly imagined quest for adventure and understanding with one of literature s most timeless characters.
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    1. Nikos Kazantzakis Kimon Friar Ghika

      Nikos Kazantzakis Greek was a prolific Greek writer, whose works include essays, novels, poems, tragedies, travel books, and translations of such classics as Dante s The Divine Comedy and J.W von Goethe s Faust Like his hero, Odysseus, Kazantzakis lived most of his artistic life outside Greece except for the years of World War II I am a mariner of Odysseus with heart of fire but with mind ruthless and clear, Kazantzakis wrote in TODA RABA 1934 Several of the author s novels deal with the history and culture of his own country, and the mystical relationship between man and God In 1957 he lost the Nobel Prize by a single vote to the French writer Albert Camus.

    126 thoughts on “The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel”

    1. It seems sacrilegious to say this, but Kazantzakis modern sequel to The Odyssey is superior to Homer s in every way, at least from the perspective of the modern mind This is one of the greatest accomplishments of world literature, and it is a tragedy that it is not better known most people have heard of Kazantzakis Zorba The Greek but few people are familiar with this, his masterpiece.Kazantzakis lops off the last two sections of Homer s Odyssey and grafts onto it his own modern sequel It is bot [...]


    2. One of the last book length epic poems written, this is a neglected masterpiece Albert Camus beat Kazantzakis for the Nobel Prize in 1957 or so by one vote The Nobel Committee s failure to give Kazanzakis a Nobel is a great injustice to a writer whose body of work far exceeds Hemingway s for example, who did receive it.



    3. Only a Greek with the scope and wisdom of Kazantzakis could pull off a proper sequel to Homer Elpenor, where are you


    4. correcting your notes Kimon Friar was the translator, not the photographer AND, the translation itself is a work of art Friar never repeats a descriptive word in all the thirty three thousand lines of the story, which begins where Homer left off.Kazantzakis was exiled from Greece for writing this book in modern Greek the book reminds me of Tennyson s Ulysses old age hath yet his honor and his toil,death closes all, yet something ere the end,some work of noble note may yet be donenot unbecoming m [...]


    5. Picking up where Homer left us in the saga of Odysseus, Kazantzakis rejuvenates the tale through a modern perspective, constructing a massively ambitious set of adventures to carry us back into this enchanted world He touches on just about everything philosophically and spiritually, and the prose is bursting with lush descriptions and an overall joie de vivre One of the most beautiful, under appreciated books An epic masterpiece.


    6. One of the most ambitious undertakings in the history of literature perhaps too ambitious but an impressive accomplishment Kazantzakis distills his own personal and philosophical endeavors into another epic journey for Homer s Odysseus, taking him from his return to Ithaca across the Mediterranean and through Africa to the great southern sea where he, as a man freed from all hope and fear, confronts the abyss awaiting us all.


    7. Epic indeed This tome picks up right where Homer left off Kazantzakis takes his borrowed protagonist on new adventures with fresh companions and challenges As a translated poem, some of the rhythm and meter probably get distorted, but it still mirrors its predecessor in ambition and breadth.


    8. t c ph m v i nh t c a Kazantzakis vi t v Odyssey th i h u hi n i , kh ng c n l nh nh tr n Eg e n a m l h nh tr nh v o t m linh t t ng v v n h nh nh th n tho i p c t c gi t v m t c ch tr ng l , ngo i ra c n c nh t c gi i t m c tin l ng v ng l c g n l c xa, o gi c c a c m t th i i c kh c h a c c k s u s c v p.


    9. I ve read parts of this book at two different times in my life I do want to read the whole thing through, I m pretty sure it would be worth it.


    10. This book is, perhaps, the most flagrantly mid century modern thing I ve ever read It s a massive, significant , he man undertaking And some of it is pretty good Even in translation, the poetry can be very good indeed But it s also repetitive The same rehash of Nietzsche appears over and over and over again Further, Kazantzakis s Odysseus, to my mind, has very little in common with his many portrayals over the millennia and he resembles nothing so much as Goethe s Faust who is about as unpleasan [...]


    11. I can only imagine this book in the original Greek The English is vivacious, elevated and beautiful It is lyrical, odd and full of unexpected language and imagery It is a pleasure to read Books 1 and 2 08 13 The story, at this point, is a dark retelling of the Homer epic Odysseus is grim, restless and remorseless He comes back to a home where he no longer fits He s too savage and restless for his family and his countrymen, and his countrymen are too docile and boring for him He s spent years gra [...]


    12. I got around 20 pages in an interesting idea, certainly a continuation of Odysseus s story with a different ending post bloodbath at Ithaca Told in an epic poem form, something I m a little surprised doesn t really exist at all any you d think at least a few people would ve done it by now.but I realized, with summer winding down now is not the time I want to be starting on a 750 pg book I just don t have it in me she says as she picks up GEB well, at least, not about this Even though it s an in [...]


    13. on pause in book five I didn t know about this His Christ Recrucified was a big thing for me, to a lesser extent Freedom or Death.


    14. A massive epic poem I read it in 1969 and thoroughly enjoyed it One of the things I remember is Odysseus talking about how we create gods in our own image Well worth the invested time I think I ll read it again now.


    15. Of course not a book to read sequentially but an excellent piece of art, a huge impressive stone in the heart of Greek contemporary poetry and of course a beauty in terms of all the new words created and used by great Kazantzakis.


    16. Every page I pause in amazement I m completely wonder struck by the immensity of Kazantzakis soul and his compulsive need to have every line writhe and glow with it I can t say about it without babbling like an excited child.


    17. I took this trip with me on my voyage to Turkey and Greece The verse is achingly beautiful and I wish I d been able to get than a hundred pages into it.



    18. Carries ahead the old epic and in fact outstrips it but the old fox Odysseus deserves it and is an apt observer to describe our age Mr Kazantzakis was no less a inspired creator of epics




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