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The Odyssey (A Graphic Novel) Illustrated by Gareth Hinds

Published by Candlewick Press

Pages: 256

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers Summary: 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.
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.

Odysseus is stranded. A captive of the beautiful and yet enslaving Calypso, he longs for his home and family. What Odysseus is unaware of is the hoard of men seeking after his riches and longing to take away his kingdom. Through his epic journey against a powerful god, Poseidon, and throngs of evil Odysseus must prove himself to the gods and his family to show who truly is king of Ithaca. Told through the eyes of Gareth Hinds, this epic tale comes to life, making an age old tale seem like it happened only yesterday and not thousands of years ago.

This is an incredible graphic novel and completely unexpected. When I was in high school I actually had the opportunity of reading the original Latin text of this story for a language class I was in. It was such an amazing adventure! So, when I received this graphic novel version of the story I was completely taken by surprise. I wasn’t even aware there was one, and then to discover that it was so well done was a wonderful treat! Just take a look at one of the interior spreads from the beginning of the story…

Gorgeous illustrations. This example isn’t even my favorite, some of the most stunning are from the water scenes where the oceans nearly jump off the page. So unbelievably well done.

For me, what was truly astonishing about this version of The Odyssey was how accessible it was. If you’ve read the original you will understand how difficult it can be to get through some of the text. What the graphic novel version Gareth Hinds has put forth are all of the very best moments from the story. It’s action packed and perfect for teens who may normally get a bit bored with the tedious nature of classic texts. Not only that, but the story itself is an outstanding way to teach how important being honest and having purpose can be in life. And by using the graphic novel version of the story younger readers will be able to relate more easily, making it more probable that it would be read cover to cover.

One of my absolute favorite graphic novel reads to date. The Odyssey is a time honored tale of adventure, love, bravery and good intentions. Having read it in it’s original text and now comparing the two, I can easily say that Gareth Hinds has done an excellent job of blending the two to create a world young readers will love. Perfect reading for fans of the classic text, but accessible for new fans as well. In this new medium The Odyssey will continue to be a story that will be told for years to come.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 15 and up. Perfect for fans of the original Odyssey, but extremely appealing for those reluctant to read the original text.

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6 Responses to Book Review: The Odyssey (A Graphic Novel) Illustrated by Gareth Hinds

  1. Wow. This looks reallly great. Like something I should read in fact.

  2. Gina says:

    Though not a book I’d pick up, I can definitely see this one introducing the original to readers at an earlier stage in life….and getting them interested in finding out more! A win win for all….great share Danielle!

  3. Heidi V. says:

    My son would enjoy this! Thanks for the reivew…

  4. Aths says:

    I just saw this post, I know my reply comes way late, lol! I’ve never read the original, and don’t think I can either. Instead, I’m going to pick this one and hopefully that will inspire me to read the original.

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