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The dark disturbing wit of Saki

Advantages: The dark humour of many of the timeless stories
Disadvantages: Some of the humour is rather dated

... ‘Saki’ ‘Saki’, a name taken from ‘The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’, was the pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916). Although he wrote a couple of novels, three very short plays and a work on Russian history, he is best remembered for his short s ...

JOHNV 23.05.2015 · Read full review
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Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange - Disappointing

Advantages: Cultural Interest
Disadvantages: Not very well written, inconsistencies, prejudice offputting

Published: Penguin Classics, Nov 2014 Hardback, 496 pages Translated by Malcolm C. Lyons The First English Translation of a Medieval Arab Fantasy Collection This is a collection of 18 short stories found in an incomplete manuscript in Istanb ...

ladyofflame 15.05.2015 · Read full review
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The Odyssey of Man

Advantages: Adventurous, romantic, beaustifully written
Disadvantages: Really annoying hero, really bad ending

The Odyssey is one of the greatest pieces of literature of all time, and the poem people think of when the word “epic” comes up. But while it is an amazing piece of literature from the point of view of the scholar, and anyone wanting to read it in detail ...

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Review of The Odyssey - Homer

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Was this ever meant to be read at all?

Advantages: One of the greatest stories of all time
Disadvantages: Odysseus is such an unsatisfactory hero

The Odyssey - the story of Odysseus' wanderings as he attempts to return to Ithaca, his home, and to his wife Penelope and son Telemachus. He is returning, of course, from the Trojan War and the troubles that beset him have become the foundation for a ver ...

TomThatch 27.08.2006 · Read full review
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Doh... not that Homer...

Advantages: Epic story, excellent translation, scholarly work
Disadvantages: Not an easy read

** Please note that the book I am reviewing is the Penguin Classics edition, ISBN 0-14-044556-0, translated by D.C.H.Rieu and first published in 1991. ** Homer's Odyssey is reckoned as one of the earliest works of Western literature (the book's back ...

CaptainDisaster 10.01.2006 · Read full review
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