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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alberto Manguel Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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No one knows if there was a man named Homer, but there is little doubt that the epic poems assembled under his name form the cornerstone of Western literature. The Iliad and The Odyssey, with their incomparable tales of the Trojan War, Achilles, Ulysses and Penelope, the Cyclops, the beautiful Helen of Troy, and the petulant gods, are familiar to most people because they are so pervasive. They have fed our imaginations for over two-and-a-half millennia, inspiring everyone from Plato to Virgil, Pope to Joyce, Dante to Wolfgang Petersen.

In this graceful and sweeping addition to the Books that Changed the World series, Alberto Manguel traces the lineage of these epic poems. He considers their original purpose, either as allegory or record of history; surveys the challenges the pagan poems presented to the early Christian world; and traces their spread after the Reformation. Following Homer through the greatest literature ever created, Manguel's book above all delights in the poems themselves, the primordial spring without which there would have been no culture. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 8/29/2013

    " A great general source book for those interested in the two great books of literature. Mangual has a keen observation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angie | 5/30/2013

    " I think I have a book crush on Alberto Manguel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janin | 2/14/2013

    " People more brilliant that I will ever be, looking in depth at Homer's Epic Poems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aradweb Aradweb Adil | 5/29/2012

    " If it is to hard to go through Iliad translated by Robert Fagles, then just grab this book. It is not just about the Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey Biography but can be a quick references to all the book chapters in both book. "

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About the Author
Author Alberto Manguel

Alberto Manguel is internationally acclaimed as an anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist, and editor; he is also the bestselling author of several award-winning books, including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places and A History of Reading. He was born in Buenos Aires, moved to Canada in 1982, and now lives in France, where he was named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.