To be honest, thus far, reading the Odyssey has been an odyssey. There have been periods of time when I have been completely submerged in the Odyssey, loving every moment. Unfortunately, there have also been times when I have been reading, without observing anything, completely distracted by the outside world. It’s strange; when I am reading, I go from loving every single passage, to thinking about what is for dinner. Often, I come up with excuses and try to say that the book is so annoying, or that Homer is the worst writer to ever live. I have come to the general conclusion that it is the way Homer writes that constantly changes the way I view the book. The way Homer turns the description of a single cup into 50 lines, with the maximum amount of description. The way Homer uses the same expression to describe the exact same thing, over and over again. The way Homer turned a book into it 800-page poem. The way Homer created one of the most highly regarded pieces of literature of all time. Truthfully, I have really enjoyed the Odyssey so far, but I think the reason I criticize it so much is because it is probably the most challenging book I have ever read.
Hi! I’m Sam Breault! I’m 15 and I attend the Fenn school.