Friday, September 19, 2008

The lliad


I've always had a very optimistic view on classical books and have never really shrunken away from them. So, when I found out that two of the books in my literature class this year were the Iliad and the Odyssey, I was pretty pumped. I was first exposed to cyclops and Zeus and great battles on this TV show I watched a long time ago called Wishbone. In every episode the dog would go into a book and live out the story as one of the characters; I started a petition when they took the show off television. :)

Anyways, I'm almost done now with the Iliad and it was pretty good. It's definitely not in lack of action. Sometimes the characters get a little confusing, but it's those moments when Homer writes those small paragraphs in the middle of the book that make it all worth it. The ones where the characters realize who they really are or find out their comrade is dead or alive. Those passages are just really good lit and make me smile and shiver.

28 comments:

Emily Ruth said...

neither is on my reading list this year, but I think I'll probably read them anyways...
how was the ending? I'm expecting it was tragic considering you liked it ;)

Sherry said...

The kids and I really enjoyed reading The Illiad for the Great Books class we took. (Brady especially liked it.) We haven't read the Odyessy yet, though. When are you reading it?

Polka Dotted Pickles said...

Sweet! I liked those books also. Sirens were my favorite. I think that was the Oddysey though...

cuileann said...

Wishbone! Yes! Such a great show...

And yeah, haha, certainly does not suffer from want of disembowlments and impalings...;) I know what you mean about the in-between passages though. Homer has really exceptional things to say sometimes.

Edge said...

I just finished book 10 - it's kind of fun to read! Have you read the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan? They pull in a lot from the Iliad/Odyssey.

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Traci said...

Emily- I'm almost done, and yes it will probably be tragic. :P

Mrs. M- i think we are going to ready the Odyssey sometime in the middle of October.

Edge- no, i haven't read those books. Erin has talked to me about them numerous times and I even think I own one of them, definitely on my priority read list!!

DeAnna said...

I'm so glad that we're done with that book. It was good, but too stressful. I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't been so rushed in reading it. It's a tough book to get through in only one quarter (considering we started it after we had already been in school for a few weeks). Maybe I'll read it again when I have more time...we'll see :)

but I'm glad that you liked the book! & made almost a 100 on the test! gah, you're so smart!

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