The Odyssey

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Essential, epic poem of Greek gods, monsters, and heroes.

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 15+

A Masterpiece which is best understood with a guide who has read it

It's fashionable to have students read certain things because "they don't want to read anyway, so let's give them something they'll like." What happens is that they may read, and may feel good about it, but it's a useless exercise. What have they learned about life, themselves, and other people? The Odyssey is ancient; so use a good modern translation. Any student should be minimally aware of the story line; any good high school student going to college should know it in depth. It's not meant to be ploughed through: a student should be given information about it, and then a teacher, preferably, should point out and discuss salient points. It's about coming home. What is "home" what is our deepest longing? The women here are powerful and interesting: Athena and Penelope? Excellent intelligent women who are good and decent models for girls, but for boys, too. Not to be familiar with this book is to miss out on really important aspects of being human. Then, ideally, it should be picked up again and read as an adult. How much better is the Odyssey now?

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 18+


really inappropriate content and hard to understand what the language is saying

This title has:

Too much sex

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Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love Greek myths and other classics

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