You Can’t Please Everyone – The Odyssey

One star Amazon reviews of classic movies, music and literature. Today we take a look at The Odyssey:

This book had been recommended to me so I decided to read it. It is the worst, no exaggeration, book that I have ever read. It was totally incomprehensible. The plot was not even interesting! If you are sitting there trying to figure out what each character is saying, it’s not easy to find the book enjoyable! I do NOT recommend this book to anyone; young or old!

This book sucks. I dont care if Homer was blind or not this book is like 900 pages too long. I could tell this story in about 10 pages. Homer taking all long to say stupid stuff. Teens if you are reading this all I have to say is CLIFF NOTES CLIFF NOTES you will pass the test, unless you are in AP classes. The teachers expect kids to read cliff notes trust me my moms a teacher. P.S this book SUCKS.

I thought this story was very gross. I mean come on. We are having to read this book in freshman English. Actually our teacher reads it to us, but it is still disgusting. We are also having to watch the movie of this, talk about gruesome. It’s like Scylla comes out of the water and chomps these people out of the ship and blood showers everywhere. I almost threw up every day when we watch this movie. We watch a little each day. I am over there about to puke up my toes and everybody else, all the boys anyway, are saying how cool it is. My boyfriend just laughs when I tell him I almost threw up in there, he is a freshman, so he has to watch it also. I’m sure he thinks it is awesome,but I don’t. If you really like gory stories you will like it. If you don’t then I wouldn’t read it or watch the movie if I were you. I am not saying to listen to me, you can have your own opinion, I’m just saying I don’t like it.

This poem is hard to follow because of the language and the vocabulary, and reading it can be somewhat of a chore. Sentences may have to be read over a few times before they are fully absorbed. Many of the words are difficult, and a few of the character’s names, as well as the names of places, are similar to one another, which makes it confusing. The story is fast paced and does not stay focused on one event for too long. It does, however, explain the events in great detail, with plenty of sensory imagery, making it easy to form a mental picture of the action.
The general plot is rather repetitive. Odysseus overcomes a challenge on an island, and while leaving via boat, a storm takes him to yet another island, where the process is repeated. This makes the story predictable and less interesting. It is even a bit disappointing, because while one usually expects a hero to be happy, helpful, and maybe funny, Odysseus possesses none of these traits. He is stubborn, selfish, overly confident, and serious. Also, before the tales of Odysseus’ travels even begin, the reader finds out that he was gone for ten years, and is now safely retelling his story to others. This and the fact that early in the story, a man tells Odysseus of a prophecy detailing exactly what will happen to him, spoils the ending, so there is little to look forward to.
This work would be more enjoyable for people with an extensive knowledge of Greek mythology, or for people who like poetry. It is doubtful that many people college age and younger would take an interest in this story, and it is certainly not something to read for fun.

Now let me begin by saying I understood this book. I read it for my freshman english class, and really didn’t have much trouble understanding it.

That being said, I still hated this book. It was tedious, boring, and extremely conceited. I found myself not at all caring about these characters. Homer’s idea for a story was a great one, but it comes out poorly. I know it’s hard to argue with classics, but I just cannot explain how awful this book really is. The author doesn’t get into the charcter’s minds, leaving you to fill gaps in their personality.

The explaination of travels and fight scenes is extremely boring and long. He does nothing to spice up the descriptions to make us interested. Many times I could turn three more pages and still be in the same spot. Frusterating expierence.

I pity all of those souls who have to endure reading this utter rubbish. Every time I attempt to read it, it puts my wee self to sleep. This book is so boring, and I can not fathom how people (even though if they are pretentious secondary school teachers or literature lecturers)can still find this enjoyable.

Giving this book one star was very gracious, it deserves -2 stars. There is no other word than awful. For school, we had to read this book, and I was kind of excited, I think Greek Mythology is very interesting. I knew that it would be somewhat of a challange, knowing it was poetry and since it was assigned in my Honors English class. Now that we are done with the book, I am forced to write a 5 page paper on it. All that I can possibly say is that it bored me and I could not even finish it, because it was not written a way that you could understand it. I am warning you if you like to waste your time you should read this book, otherwise stay clear!