- Audio CD
- Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (5 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1504724208
- ISBN-13: 978-1504724203
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 15.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
Ithaca: A Novel Based on Homer's Odyssey Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
|Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, Unabridged||
About the Author
Patrick Dillon is a writer and award-winning architect. He is the author of seven books, including Truth, Lies, The Much-Lamented Death of Madam Geneva, and The Last Revolution. Dillon has been fascinated by Homer's Odyssey since studying it at school and has traveled extensively in Greece. He lives in London with his family, dividing his time between writing and architecture.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter mobile phone number.
No customer reviews
|5 star (0%)|
|4 star (0%)|
|3 star (0%)|
|2 star (0%)|
|1 star (0%)|
Review this product
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
This is the story that started it all, that has stood the test of time. It's where we may hear the myth of the Trojan Horse; a tale of a man who took almost 20 years to return home. It is the story of war and rememberance. At its heart it is the story of the man who returned from war with battle scars, a wounded soul, and the love of a woman who never gave up.
The author isquick to thank his classics teacher in the acknowledgements as the one who taught him that The Odyssey is as much about Telemachus as it is about Odysseus, his father. Here is a boy brought up as in a widows' household. No one offers to teach him how to survive, how to fight. No one gives him the courage to defend his mother Penelope outright. These "suitors" want what they want. They know the "man of the house" is but a "soft" boy they treat as a plaything.
Then, their plaything screws up his courage, "grows a pair", and goes off to find his father, or at least to find out what the heck happened, and it dawns on the "suitors" that this plaything of theirs might just suceed where others have failed. Telemachus and his crew follow Oddysseus' route. He learns that some of what his father is is true, with others he learns the myth might hide someone he really doesn't know.
Meanwhile, Odysseus washes up on shore, so badly beaten by his journey to be unrecognizable. Still spinning tales to hide his identity he finally feels he can be honest enough to get back to Ithaca and figure what to do next. No one believes it is him. This is some ol' geezer, not the mythic man. And the baby he's never seen is a grown man who takes pity on the fearful soul.And together they figure out a way to live "ever after".
I unabashidly tell everyone The Oddysey is my favorite book of all time. IMHO, it is a tale of war seeking peace. A book such as Patrick Dillion's Ithaca can open this story to new readers. This is a book to read, and reread, in any form you can find it( I own several versions). Its a true joy.
I really liked the concept of this story; the idea of following Telemachus' perspective of the time in which his father is missing is incredibly intriguing, and I was eager to see how Dillon would handle this story line. To be honest, though, Telemachus didn't see much action, and I was almost disappointed by how uneventful his 'journey' ended up being. However, I think is partly because I found this book to me much more of a character and theme-driven story than one fueled by plot, which would account for the lack of adventuring. On the character-driven side, this novel certainly excelled. I liked that Telemachus was portrayed not as the tough, brutal boy you would expect as a result of the environment of his upbringing, but as a somewhat softer boy that is fiercely protective of his mother, but yet still does not know how to fight - likely a direct result of Odysseus' absence. He did not have the opportunity gain the same experiences or skills that a similar young boy at that time would have because he did not have any singular male influence to learn from or even look up to (all of the suitors are rather deplorable human beings). As a reader, we get to see Telemachus undergo a wide array of emotions and opinions, from yearning for his father's presence and firmly believing he is alive, to doubting his being alive and great reputation, along with everything in between.
Along with Telemachus, there is also a sizable portion - about one-third of the story - in which Odysseus recounts his experiences since leaving Troy and attempting to head home, a total of about ten years. This portion was a bit odd to me; I understood why it was placed in the story, but it didn't quite feel necessary. If you are unfamiliar with the actual story of The Odyssey, then this portion is quite frankly a perfectly succinct and understandable summary of the story, and also provided a nice refresher.
The rest of the cast of characters - Penelope, Nestor, Menelaus, Helen, etc. - were all quite wonderfully reimagined, and I felt a sense of excitement whenever a familiar face from the myth was introduced and I was able to see Dillon's interpretation of them. One tiny issue I had was with the character Polycaste, daughter of Nestor, whom Telemachus meets when he travels to find his father. While I enjoyed her character's strength, her dialogue seemed entirely out of place for this story and time period, and I actually found it a bit jarring. It seemed much too modern for a story that I don't think was meant to be overly modern in its retelling.
While this was an overall enjoyable read, I found myself wondering what exactly the point of this retelling was. Was it merely to add in some insight into the character of Telemachus, or was there meant to be something more? For the most part, I otherwise felt that this was quite literally a basic retelling of the Odyssey with some extra information about what Telemachus may have been experiencing at the same time. I think I was both expecting and hoping for a fresher perspective on this story, so I ended up being left with slight disappointment. Despite this, I cannot fault the writing or strength of the story, which was still certainly entertaining and a lovely story. I would easily recommend this for anyone unfamiliar with the original story, or who is a fan and wishes to read another version. (I must insist, though, that the original be read at some point as well, because it is truly a masterpiece. :) ) I would say this is a great introductory novel to The Odyssey and the world of Ancient Greece, albeit not necessarily an overly in-depth or reinvented interpretation.
Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!
*I received a print copy of Ithaca by Patrick Dillon courtesy of Pegasus Books in exchange for an honest review.*
So when I saw this beauty pop up, complete with the homage to Greek culture with that classically designed cover, I was hooked. I wanted it, badly. I was very very lucky to get a copy and I am so happy I did. Because this is the perfect kind of book to get someone disinterested in history and mythology interested in it. It's language is simple and the plot is easy to follow. The author didn't throw too many names out too soon, so there was no confusion (the ancient Greeks had way too many "Eu" starting names. Glad that's not popular anymore.)
More importantly, it tells Odysseus's story in such a way that seems much more believable. Not a man who encountered all sorts of monsters and goddesses. Merely a young man who wasn't ready to come home and then found out just how much he missed it. It's the story of the man who ran out on his wife and then realized what a terrible mistake it was.
It's less dazzling, sure. But what I loved is that the author took an epic and made it more human and closer to home. Telemachus's story is a fairly uneventful one, at least at first. Yet it's still fascinating and tainted with all the bloodsport you expect from a Grecian story. I loved every minute of it.