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Homer had the tendency to stray from his main plot, taking the reader on a variety of digressions which are very interesting, but make following the main plot difficult. By and large this style of writing also means that the plot unfolds quite slowly. To complicate the matter further, in the case of The Odyssey events have not been organized in a chronological way.
In this book, Odysseus Journey of Endurance, the writer addresses these problems in the following way:
Firstly, he cuts out most of the digressions, incorporating only those which contribute towards understanding the main plot:
Secondly, he organizes the events in a chronological way (ignoring Homerís order as presented in the text):
Finally, even though the events are organized in another way as presented by Homer, the main events are told consistent with Homerís original version. This is very important, since the myths tend to get lost in many modern versions of Greek myths.
So the writer presents Odysseusí adventures in a chronological way and stay with the main plot all the time - which makes for easy reading, but in a way that you will be captivated from the beginning till the end.
The way in which Odysseus survived the hardships of a journey of ten years from Troy to his home country, Ithaca, could not be described better as being a journey of endurance, told in a fresh way (144 pages, Kindle edition), but not diverting from the essence as told by the original author, Homer. He had to overcome challenges like the Cyclops Polyphemus, the goddess-sorcerer Circe, the Sirens, the Scylla and Charybdis sea monsters and many more. In the end he was the only one who survived Ė he lost all his men with whom he had left from Troy. Arriving at Ithaca, he was faced with the massive problem of the host of suitors who were competing for his wife Penelopeís hand. Read the book and find out how he solved this problem as well!
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