The Odyssey

The Odyssey

by Gareth Hinds

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In paperback! With bold imagery and an ear tuned to the music of Homer’s epic poem, Gareth Hinds reinterprets the ancient classic as it’s never been told before.

"Gareth Hinds brings The Odyssey to life in a masterful blend of art and storytelling. Vivid and exciting, this graphic novel is a worthy new interpretation of Homer’s epic."—Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series

Fresh from his triumphs in the Trojan War, Odysseus, King of Ithaca, wants nothing more than to return home to his family. Instead, he offends the sea god, Poseidon, who dooms him to years of shipwreck and wandering. Battling man-eating monsters, violent storms, and the supernatural seductions of sirens and sorceresses, Odysseus will need all his strength and cunning—and a little help from Mount Olympus—to make his way home and seize his kingdom from the schemers who seek to wed his queen and usurp his throne. Award-winning graphic artist Gareth Hinds masterfully reinterprets a story of heroism, adventure, and high action that has been told and retold for more than 2,500 years—though never quite like this.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763642686
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,428
Product dimensions: 10.40(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: GN840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gareth Hinds is the creator of several acclaimed graphic novels based on classics. About THE ODYSSEY, he says, "It was incredibly exciting to work with this material. Gods, monsters, flawed heroes, battles, and all the best and worst of human nature, set against an ancient Mediterranean backdrop. It’s a dream project."

Gareth Hinds lives in New York City and writes graphic novels full-time.

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Odyssey 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
chippylynn More than 1 year ago
I am an English teacher and most of my students are low level learners. The Odyssey is part of my curriculum, but many of my students really struggle with the text. This book is a God send!!!It is extremely well written and stays spot on with the original text. The illustrations are fantastic and engaging. My students LOVED reading the Odyssey and did SO much better with their unit test (which I did not change at all from the one I use with the regular text). This book is a delight !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds is a story about Odysseus, a hero of the Trojan War, desperately trying to return home to his wife and home of Ithaca. The gods have not looked upon him favorably, and he has incurred the wrath of Poseidon by blinding his son Polyphemes. He relates the tales of the Sirens, the Cyclops, the deadly Scylla, who destroy his ship and crew men, and traveled to the depths of Hades and returned. His journey is tireless, long, and filled with sadness. Although he has suffered countless times, because of his loyalty and persistence to the Gods he is rewarded in the end by returning to his wife and home of Ithaca. This book is well written and stays in the spot of the original text. I recommend the book to all ages who love Greek mythology.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Gold Star Award Winner! Many of us are familiar with Homer's timeless classic. Odysseus, hero of the Trojan War, is desperately trying to return home. The gods have not looked upon him favorably, and he has incurred the wrath of Poseidon. His adventures are housed in this new graphic novel edition. He relates the tales of the Cyclops, the Sirens, and the deadly Scylla, who decimate his ship and crew. His journey is long, tireless, and wrought with sadness. Because of his persistence and loyalty to the gods, he is rewarded in the end. Gareth Hinds has retold and illustrated many classic tales, including BEOWULF, KING LEAR, and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. His artwork is nothing short of amazing. He has provided stunning watercolors to enhance the retelling of this epic poem. He has also made the poem much more accessible to teen readers. Hinds has taken great pains to stay true to the original tale, including quotes that come directly from the text. This edition would be an excellent way of supplementing a unit about THE ODYSSEY. Teen readers who are curious about Greek mythology and literature should definitely give this graphic novel a chance. I am anxiously awaiting Hinds' next literary offering!
WaxPoetic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The balance between the look and mental rhythm of words and the style of drawing is one of the first things that, as a reader and not a creator of comics, I notice. How much easier to criticize than to create?This adaptation is very well told and beautifully illustrated. I particularly enjoyed the type font, which is handy as there are a lot of words that need to be included for the story to make any sense. This is the written version of an orally transmitted story that has been translated and re-translated since the world discovered that it had been missing out on one of the best road trip stories ever. There is less of description in the words than storytelling, and Hinds has done an exquisite job of maintaining a lovely balance.The story itself is kind of an odd one and ends on a decidedly strange note (but thanks, Athena, for stopping what would have been a slaughter). The spareness of things, even in what would have been considered sumptuous surroundings is wonderful.It reads relatively quickly, though it is, as the story ever is, worth the re-reading.
phoebenye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds is a graphic novel based off of Homer¿s well known epic poem. The book has glossy pages filled with colorful pictures and character bubbles following the story of Odysseus¿ journey back home. He is stranded on Calypso¿s island with his crew and tries desperately to get home to his wife and son in Ithaca. Hinds keeps the story exactly as the classic is told, but using more modern language. It is not too different, but on an easier reading level than the original poem. The book follows Odysseus through the many trials and tribulations he faces in order to make it home. The Odyssey makes many references to other mythological figures that Odysseus fights during his journey.This graphic novel is perfect for a student who enjoys comic books and needs illustrations. The book is very well written and the pictures are clear and relate perfectly to the story. I like how Hinds took this classic and turned it into a more interesting visual. It contains the exact same plot, themes, and characters but is more easily understood. I would use this book in my classroom in the following ways:¿If I taught The Odyssey or Greek mythology to my students, this book would be perfect for a struggling reader. It is easy to understand, and has awesome visuals.¿This would be a great alternative to aid in teaching The Odyssey. I could use it to do part of a read aloud for my students.¿I could use this book for a portion of my lesson on The Odyssey and have students draw a few pictures depicting their favorite scene of the story. The Odyssey tells a story of strength and tribulation. It shows Odysseus who never gives up on his journey home. Sometimes life gets hard, but in the end, you get what you were waiting for. This classic has many great values that it shares. I love that this version is a graphic novel and I think it has beautiful pictures. I will definitely use this in my classroom.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist.A stunning, scholarly reinterpretation of Homer's Odyssey. Hinds has used as background material his favourite translations, then putting them aside used more prosaic translations to help him reinterpret Homer into the graphic novel format where text needs to be more sparse to meet with illustration in telling the story. I have read many, many retellings of Homer in story format. I love the epic tale of Odysseus though I have no interest in reading translations of the original verse. I'm not a fan of poetry but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the glory of the epic tale being told. Hinds has done a sensational job of retelling in everyday, understandable prose and using his striking watercolour paintings to present a flawless edition of Homer's Odyssey.As far as my memory can serve me every single plot point has been included in Hind's version, nothing has been cut to keep to a certain number of pages and in fact we are presented with an oversized, heavy book of significant pages. Hinds tells his tale basically through conversation and illustration. The book starts with a tiny bit of poetic narrative and then moves straight on to conversation, the only time narrative is used is through Odysseus' own voice as he recounts brief parts of his journey through this method. Illustration is used to great lengths to also tell the story so that the text is not left to carry the plot. There are plenty of wordless sections as the illustrations alone move the tale along. The illustrations are also used specifically to show the sensuous and the violent elements of the epic tale, going places that have no need for words.The art is stunning; the text is readable high quality prose. This edition makes Homer accessible to anyone, of all ages, 13 and older, while remaining a scholarly presentation. A must addition to any Homer or Greek mythology enthusiast's collection.
GeniusJen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.comMany of us are familiar with Homer's timeless classic. Odysseus, hero of the Trojan War, is desperately trying to return home. The gods have not looked upon him favorably, and he has incurred the wrath of Poseidon. His adventures are housed in this new graphic novel edition.He relates the tales of the Cyclops, the Sirens, and the deadly Scylla, who decimate his ship and crew. His journey is long, tireless, and wrought with sadness. Because of his persistence and loyalty to the gods, he is rewarded in the end.Gareth Hinds has retold and illustrated many classic tales, including BEOWULF, KING LEAR, and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. His artwork is nothing short of amazing. He has provided stunning watercolors to enhance the retelling of this epic poem. He has also made the poem much more accessible to teen readers.Hinds has taken great pains to stay true to the original tale, including quotes that come directly from the text. This edition would be an excellent way of supplementing a unit about THE ODYSSEY. Teen readers who are curious about Greek mythology and literature should definitely give this graphic novel a chance. I am anxiously awaiting Hinds' next literary offering!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve never really understood The Odyssey until this novel came out. I now can honestly say that this story has shot up to my all time favorites!
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MustangGTlover More than 1 year ago
Gods, cyclops adventure, action just a classic book
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