I see that this book is in the classics. Would someone tell me what it is about? Wondering if ds might like to read it. Also what age is it geared for?
It's from ancient Greece. attributed to Homer. centers around the Trojan War and all of that..
I'm going to link to spark notes summary for each one.
and Odyssey is seen as a somewhat part 2, or sequel
usually the books themselves are high school and up. My oldest has used the "Fagles" translation version.
retellings for younger than high school....
Middle school and upper elementary... might like the retelling version called The Children's Homer. by Padraic Colum
(edit to add: or something like Black Ships Before Troy, can work in those year to introduce the story)
depending on age of your child.. sometimes people will read something like The Trojan Horse. just to get basic of that part of the story...
depending on your worldview concerns, you may want to wait as it will deal with lots of Greek myth/legends/gods
This post was edited on Jun 21, 2013 12:50 PM
cbollin covered it well.
My daughter has loved the Fagle's translations. They retain the epic poetry of the originals. She's read Iliad which covers the Trojan War. This year (9th grade) she'll read Homer's Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid. The Odyssey covers the adventures of Odysseus as he makes his way home from the war. The Aeneid covers the story of Aeneas, a Trojan, who winds up becoming the forefather of the Romans.
My son is 11yo and he'll read,The Children's Homer, by Padraic Colum.
If you are going to tackle the Fagle's translation in high school, I do think it is worth it to read a children's version first. It really helps keep the story straight.
Here's a link to a homeschool mom who read The Odyssey with her children and her thoughts on it.
I include it because I want folks to see what you CAN glean from such a book.