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"For the entertainment of idiots"

Advantages: Excellent translation of one one the world's greatest works of literature.
Disadvantages: Only part of a much larger epic tale.

...This quote was originally written by a monk transcribing various Irish stories for the book of Leinster in the 12th century. This book contains one version of The Tain. In Irish he offered a blessing to any who memorised the story but in Latin he added th ...

Marge3781 05.08.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Táin - Ciaran Carson

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Is 'The Great Gatsby' really all that Great?

Advantages: Captivating story, beautifully written, short & sweet
Disadvantages: Slightly slow pace, slight detachment from characters

...as I heard about the film's release this Winter, I became determined to read the book beforehand, and after two months worth of exams, I finally got my hands on it. I read it within a day and, whilst I found it quite a quick and easy book to read, ...

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Review of The Great Gatsby (Wordsworth Classics) - F.Scott Fitzgerald

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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 ...

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Review of The Odyssey - Homer

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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 ...

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