Great Books Reading and Discussion Group
Alumni meet monthly to discuss one of the classics of literature
Cost: Free, apart from the cost of food and drink
No Registration Required
The Great Books Reading Group continues its exploration of the character of Odysseus throughout literature from Homer to the present. We will now sample a few of the many 20th and 21st century versions of the stories of Ulysses. For our June meeting, we will be reading The Odyssey, A Modern Sequel by Nikos Kazantzakis, a modern Greek literary giant and 9 time Nobel nominee. This epic work picks up the story of Odysseus after the slaughter of the suitors, when the king ponders his life upon return to Ithaca. Odysseus is restless and decides that he must abandon Penelope, set sail and wander the earth forever. Written in modern Greek and expertly translated into English by Kimon Friar, the work is 33,333 lines of magnificently crafted seventeen syllable unrhymed iambic measure. It is set unequivocally in the time of Homer's poems, yet brings a modern sensibility to the question of the character of Odysseus, the nature of God and the true measure of man.
For an overview of the proposed long-term schedule for our study of Odysseus, please see our Google Doc
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Larry Brown PhD 1992