I’m currently flying through The Odyssey: A Dramatic Retelling of Homer’s Epic by Simon Armitage. Flying because the prose is crisp, like paper dosa. My past introduction to Mr. Armitage’s work was the phenomenal Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (A New Verse Translation.) Forty pages into this book I think I am a fan of Mr. Armitage.
As is with all my books: currently reading, completed reading or saved in a to buy list, I have to visit Amazon.com to read reviews.
A reviewer for the odyssey wrote :
I thoroughly enjoyed this most poetic re write of the Homeric Odyssey, the story of Odysseus on his return to Ithaca, following the Trojan wars and his sojourn on Malta with Calypso. I was so taken with this account I wrote to the author care of his agent. I feel this story is relevant to us all, on all levels. We are, each of us, our very own Odysseus, our very own heroes and heroines and our lives are heroic. We are the storytellers of today. In deep ways one could say that Memoir and Narrative are flowering in this century. The metaphoric connects and even the words are here with us today. We have our atlases and in my part of the world, in Cambridge MA there are businesses like Hermes Auto Repair. We might not be aware of this, but we are all of us on a deep journey and, as the ancient storytellers sitting by the fires, we love to tell about our very own exploits, big and small. It’s what we do coming through. And if you look at the word Story itself, and deconstruct the letters you will find, magically, that Troy lies within. I am saying this is a good, quick read, bringing to life in an easy, poetic fashion this mythic story and I am also saying it has deep relevance to our lives, today. In short, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope you do, too.
I highlighted that part of the review because I did something similar when I finished reading Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance. It is hard to contact Mr. Mistry directly, so I had to write to his agent/agency to communicate my emotions after finishing the book. I am glad to find someone like me so that I am not the only weirdo..haha