Happy Friday friends! I am so excited to be sharing with you all today a book review! I want to let you all know while I did pick the class, the books I’ll be sharing from now until min-December will have been once required of me to read for University. There is, as any of my fellow English Majors know, many books required for each class, so I will just be sharing my favorites on Friday’s. With all this being said, let us begin the book review!
The first book I read in the month of September and for school was the Iliad by Homer. Now I will admit, I geeked out a smidge when I saw that this was one of the required readings. I had purchased this book from The Strand Bookstore in NYC and it has been on my to-read list (which is really quite endless) for quite some time now. This book exceeded my expectation in ways I did not even know was possible. I actually did not want it to end. I hadn’t felt this way about a book since Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita (which if you haven’t read… what are you doing?). I fell in love with Homer’s writing and so many of the characters. My biggest recommendation if you are going to dive into this book, is to pick up the Stanley Lombardo edition. I had to purchase this edition because my Professor insisted and boy am I happy he did. I read some of the pages from the version I had at home and the two editions were very different and Lombardo’s was much easier to digest.
One of the aspects I found most intriguing about the Iliad was my continual curiosity if the events Homer is discussing actually happened. There has been much speculation on the time period, characters, and overall accuracy of the places discussed, giving the impression, it actually might have. The story opens up in the middle of war, and that war continues even after the book is finished. The Greeks and the Trojans are the two groups at battle with numerous appearances from the Gods and Goddesses on Olympus. While the war is going on it becomes evident why the war started in the first place, which Gods are really on your side, and the power one can have from anyone on Mount Olympus. I can say that any review I give cannot do justice to how brilliant this Epic Poem really is. While war is definitely not a topic I usually gravitate towards in books, poems, etc. Homer (with a little help from Stanley Lombardo) was able to shed a new light on the importance and necessity of learning about the past and how important war really is.
5 Star Rating: ★★★★★
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I hope you all go out and pick up this Poem, if you haven’t already read it, and I am looking forward to hearing in comments and responses in the comments below. I do want to add a bonus to today’s post and share with you all a list of all the books I read this summer. Since Fall is starting to hit (It is September for crying out loud), I thought this would be the most appropriate time to share with you all. I will not be doing reviews on all these books because there is quite a few and I have already reviewed some on previous posts. If any really catch your interest and you want to hear a review, please let me know and I will be more than happy to!
Summer 2018 Reads;
- We Should All Be Feminists By. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Sorrows of Young Werther By. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- To Rise Again at a Decent Hour By. Joshua Ferris
- The Handmaid’s Tale By. Margaret Atwood
- The Importance of Being Earnest By. Oscar Wilde
- The Old Man and the Sea By. Ernest Hemingway
- Hamlet By. William Shakespeare
- Daisy Miller By. Henry James
- Death in Venice By. Thomas Mann
- Heart of Darkness By. Joseph Conrad
- A Good Man is Hard to Find By. Flannery O’Connor
- Letters to a Young Poet By. Rainer Maria Rilke
- Siddhartha By. Hermann Hesse
- A Man Without a Country By. Kurt Vonnegut
- Hard Times By. Charles Dickens
(This does not include all the poetry I read this summer which I can do a whole other post about if anyone was interested!)
Happy Friday and happy reading everyone!