Writing: “Tales of Odysseus”

I have just published my book “Tales of Odysseus” in kindle and paperback form on Amazon. It is the story of Odysseus, one of the great heroes of the Trojan War, who fails to return to his home for twenty years. I took the story told by Homer in “The Odyssey” and rewrote it entirely in modern English. I also reordered the material, turning the backstory of Odysseus’s mythical journey into a series of tales interleaved with the rest of the story. Finally, I clarified all of Homer’s cultural references to mythological characters modern readers aren’t likely to be familiar with.

One of the problems with Homer’s epic as fantasy is that it reflects the beliefs of his people. Odysseus’s greatest virtue is his cunning intellect, Penelope’s her faithfulness. A worse problem is the constant intervention of the Greek gods, leading two at least 3 annoying “deus ex machina” moments were tense conflicts are magically resolved. I’ve altered the narrative, pushing the gods into the background and making Odysseus a more modern, less morally ambivalent hero.

Here’s the link to the kindle edition, including a free preview.

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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