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The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy

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Author: Padraic Colum
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 55,957 / 153 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.4
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 25,380
Added to site: 2005.10.15 10779
Genres: Myth, Young Readers

council made up of the chief men of this land of Ithaka. I shall go to the council and speak there. I shall ask that you leave this house of mine and feast on goods that you yourselves have gathered. Let the chief men judge whether I speak in fairness to you or not. If you do not heed what I will say openly at the council, before all the chief men of our land, then let it be on your own heads what will befall you.'

All the wooers marvelled that Telemachus spoke so boldly. And one said, 'Because his father, Odysseus, was king, this youth thinks he should be king by inheritance. But may Zeus, the god, never grant that he be king.'

Then said Telemachus, 'If the god Zeus should grant that I be King, I am ready to take up the Kingship of the land of Ithaka with all its toils and all its dangers.' And when Telemachus said that he looked like a young king indeed.

But they sat in peace and listened to what the minstrel sang. And when evening came the wooers left the hall and went each to his own house. Tele

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.7 from 3 reviews: ***
Gillian Lewis

This 'book' was handed down by word of mouth. It was spoken in everyday language. This book does not reflect this essential fact. It is written in turgid prose. Greek storytellers would never have used such language. This is a travesty of a book.


It is one of the greatest stories of all times that is why it is popular even today, despite the fact it was first written in 800 bc by Homer


this is very boring



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