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    Read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Alberto Manguel Alberto Manguel Í 4 Summary [E–pub/E–book] Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography A book about the reception of the Iliad and the Odyssey from the mighty trunk run branches and from the branches twigs One feels the tree wants a vigorous pruning perhaps to raise the crown and reduce the canopy by half o

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    [E–pub/E–book] Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography review Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography I was a bit skeptical when I picked up Alberto Manguel’s “Biography” on Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey The book clocks in at just over 200 pages and its focus is meant to show the influence of these great books on the Western world Well after finishing it I’d read anything by this guy Manguel is incredibly learned but he wears it lightly and he writes like a dream If anything I’d say he’s pleasantly subversive si

  3. says: review Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography [E–pub/E–book] Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Alberto Manguel Í 4 Summary

    review Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography [E–pub/E–book] Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Alberto Manguel An absolute stunner of scholarship It is meant to be a rabbit hole and damn yes it is You will be attached to the Western canon post this forever

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    review Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Alberto Manguel Alberto Manguel Í 4 Summary There are so many things to like about this book especially from chapter 9 on 1 8 being somewhat lackluster that I almost don't want to point out the shortcomings I found Manguel is clearly a broad and thoughtful reader who nicely brings together the works of many other authors to show the importance The Iliad and The Odyssey have had in the literary heritage of western civilization down to our own day So much of what he has to

  5. says: [E–pub/E–book] Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Alberto Manguel Í 4 Summary review Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography

    [E–pub/E–book] Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Predictablyannoyingly walks that itch generating line between scholarly work and cocktail conversation with your cleverest friend leaning towards the cocktails

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    [E–pub/E–book] Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Manguel offers a string of colorful tidbits and learned allusions rather than historiographical arguments

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    [E–pub/E–book] Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Alberto Manguel Alberto Manguel Í 4 Summary Just a bunch of uotes from this book tracing the influence of Homer through Western thoughtEvery great work of literature is either

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    [E–pub/E–book] Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Manguel's biography of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey is a fascinating survey of the influence of these works on subseuent literature not only the direct line that leads to Vergil Dante Chaucer Shakespeare Joyce etc but also some fascinating byways He includes a biographical investigation of Homer not as man but as idea Once again the breadth of

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    Alberto Manguel Í 4 Summary [E–pub/E–book] Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography This is a pretty interesting book but along the lines of a survey than an in depty approach to the 2 epic poems It's of a history of the perceptions of the poems within the various cultural contexts since the classical age and the influences on the art and literature of those ages Most of it's convincing Some of the influences he explains seem a reach that on Dante for instance I particularly enjoyed the chapter devote

  10. says: review Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Alberto Manguel Í 4 Summary Read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Alberto Manguel

    review Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography [E–pub/E–book] Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Over the years people have nitpicked over every aspect of the Homeric epics they've found meaning than is actually there and less they've exalted it beyond all reason and vilified it for poor reasons Others have entered into a dialogue with it remaking it and using it as the inspiration for fresh works of their own Manguel ably guides us through the various strands of western philosophy scholarship and literature

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Alberto Manguel Í 4 Summary Read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Alberto Manguel Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Summary  104 No one knows if there was a man named Homer but there is no 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 brace Achilles Ulysses and Penelope the Cyclops the beautiful Helen of Troy and the petulant gods are familiar to most r. A book about the reception of the Iliad and the Odyssey from the mighty trunk run branches and from the branches twigs One feels the tree wants a vigorous pruning perhaps to raise the crown and reduce the canopy by half or so The opinions of Byron and Blake on the translations of the Iliad and Odyssey by Alexander Pope who cares A chapter on Homer in medieval Islam in which the only interesting thing that is said is that there was no medieval translation of Homer into Arabic Ditto a chapter on Christian Homer which is about saints Jerome and Augustine having their cake and eat it being both Christian and finding a place generally for pagan literature with nothing specific to say about Homer within the new religionManguel here can be interesting but when we have CG Jung responding to Freud who is responding to Neitzsche who was writing in response to Goethe who was commenting upon FA Wolf who had been studying Homer one notices that one is a fair distance away from either the Iliad or the OdysseyI guess I might have liked this if I hadn t read it in relation to the group read of the Odyssey However that is where I was and so my reading was purposive I wanted insight into the Odyssey an interesting thought on the Iliad would be a bonus However that is not the intention of the book which instead I will say with respect in my heart is the outpouring of a demented librarian who claims that a golden thread runs through all the books in the library collectionManguel almost starts with the idea that Iliad embodies the metaphor that life is war while the Odyssey says life is a journey as such one might say that these are not books that shook the world but are the fathers and mothers of a great slice of literature the struggle and the journey seemingly without end crossbreeding and bringing forth new monsters one imagines taking fright at the number of authors springing forth from Homer s loins it would be an austerely slim volume that was about the writers unaffected by either the Iliad the Odyssey or their characters or techniuesTypical of the differences between myself and Manguel was that my spirit lifted when twice he mentioned Milman Parry s work among the traditional singers of the former Yugoslavia and yet how for Manguel those were throw away digressions that didn t merit there own chapter My desire for a pseudo biography of Iliad and Odyssey looking at the construction and transmission of traditional oral epics the fixing of Iliad and Odyssey in 6th century BC Athens the written version produced in Ptlomenian Alexandria the manuscript tradition down to the earliest print editions was not satisfied such poor concerns don t enter into Manguel s vision Which is of the literary response to HomerBut he was interesting too in Samuel Butler s assertion of the Odyssey as written by a Sicilian woman view spoiler naively I had assumed that there was a positive basis for Butler s theory in fact the justification a negative one the mistakes he found in the work such as a ship having two rudders and a bird of prey pulling a smaller bird apart in mid air ones he felt impossible for a man to make and therefore the Odyssey in his view could only have been composed by a woman I feel there is a point here about the audience too since despite such mistakes the work thrived and came to be seen as the paramount literary monument of ancient Greece hide spoiler

Read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Alberto ManguelHomer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography

Alberto Manguel Í 4 Summary Read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Alberto Manguel Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Summary  104 Eaders because they are so pervasive They have fed our imagination 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 Change the World Series Alberto Manguel traces the lineage of the epic poems He considers their original purpose eit. There are so many things to like about this book especially from chapter 9 on 1 8 being somewhat lackluster that I almost don t want to point out the shortcomings I found Manguel is clearly a broad and thoughtful reader who nicely brings together the works of many other authors to show the importance The Iliad and The Odyssey have had in the literary heritage of western civilization down to our own day So much of what he has to say is a pleasure to read Overall he does a good job but there are problems A number of head scratching errors tend to undermine my faith in his work For example on p 50 Manguel dates the Roman civil war between Marius and Sula sic to Virgil s childhood and youth In fact both of these men died in 86 and 78 BC or BCE as you prefer and their civil war had ended in 82 years before Virgil was born in 70 These facts along with the proper spelling of Sulla are easily checkedOn p 128 Manguel writes of Sir Philip Sidney in the sixteenth century which is correct but in the next sentence he speaks of Sir Francis Bacon a century later which is just wrong Sidney and Bacon were born in 1554 and 1561 respectively They were thus contemporaries and the works of theirs to which Manguel refers here were published only ten years apart1595 for Sidney 1605 for Bacon as Manguel knows A different century Yes A century later No Even if we allow that Sidney had actually written his Defense of Poesy in 1579 a century later is still wildly inaccurateOn p 213 Manguel says that the action of The Iliad takes place in less than seven weeks a mere fifty two days I hope no one tells my boss that a week now has eight days in it On p 235 he writes And yet here and there in his books lie perhaps the inklings of a answer A answer A editor would be to the pointThese errors leaped off the page at me but I know a little bit about that period of Roman History and TudorStuart England That makes me wonder about errors that I don t have the knowledge to spot Sometimes the mistakes just seem sloppy work followed up by poor or no editing other times he seems to be playing fast and loose with the facts in order to make a point I don t know which is damning But if I can t have faith in the facts the author presents or the honesty with which he presents them I am forced to doubt his interpretations Which I regret because I very much enjoy a lot of what he has to say

Alberto Manguel Í 4 Summary

Alberto Manguel Í 4 Summary Read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Alberto Manguel Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography Summary  104 Her 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?. Manguel s biography of Homer s Iliad and Odyssey is a fascinating survey of the influence of these works on subseuent literature not only the direct line that leads to Vergil Dante Chaucer Shakespeare Joyce etc but also some fascinating byways He includes a biographical investigation of Homer not as man but as idea Once again the breadth of Manguel s literary knowledge and the depth of his understanding impressed me As a welcome lagniappe Manguel gave me new insight into a favorite story by Borges My only uibble is his use of the spelling Virgil instead of the correct Vergil a concession to popular usage that neither Publius Vergilius Maro nor my Latin teacher Miss Inman would have condoned I recommend the book for anyone who is interested in a better understanding of Western literature with the caveat that it will make the reader want to revisit Homer s original works

  • Hardcover
  • 285
  • Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey A Biography
  • Alberto Manguel
  • English
  • 03 January 2019
  • 9780871139764