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The Adventures of Ulysses

Charles Lamb

Book Overview: 

Lamb used Homer’s Odyssey as the basis for the re-telling of the story of Ulysses’s journey back from Troy to his own kingdom of Ithaca. Not a direct translation and deemed modern in its time, Lamb states in the preface that, “I have gained a rapidity to the narration which I hope will make it more attractive and give it more the air of a romance to young readers”.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Thou canst be none other than Ulysses, renowned above all the world for wisdom, whom the Fates have long since decreed that I must love. This haughty bosom bends to thee. O Ithacan, a goddess wooes thee to her bed."

[Illustration: 'Who or what manner of man art thou?']

"O Circe," he replied, "how canst thou treat of love or marriage with one whose friends thou hast turned into beasts? and now offerest him thy hand in wedlock, only that thou mightest have him in thy power, to live the life of a beast with thee, naked, effeminate, subject to thy will, perhaps to be advanced in time to the honour of a place in thy sty. What pleasure canst thou promise which may tempt the soul of a reasonable man? Thy meats, spiced with poison; or thy wines, drugged with death? Thou must swear to me that thou wilt never attempt against me the treasons which thou hast practised upon my friends." The enchantress, won by the terror of his threats, or b. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Better read the original The Odyssey. I understand Lamb wanted to make it more accessible for a younger audience, but he removes to much of the interesting style of Homer. He changed the narrative to chronological, while what Homer did was way more interesting. He also changed a lot of details for n

Li este livro em preparação para a leitura de "Ulysses", de James Joyce. É meu primeiro livro sobre a mitologia clássica, o qual recomendo com entusiasmo. Sugiro também as traduções adaptadas de David Bruce, onde descobri que os cursos da Prof. Elizabeth Vandiver são absolutamente imperdíveis para c

It was fun going through Ulysses adventures again, but this isn't the way to do it. The adventures are taken from the "Odyssey" & his name in Greek is Odysseus. OK, this is the Latin version so his name is Ulysses & so I'd expect the gods & goddesses to use their Latin names. They did - sometimes -

I read this as supplemental material for Ulysses, since it was Joyce's first introduction to the character. What really made it interesting was the comparison between this English school adaptation from the 19th century, and Emily Wilson's translation of the Odyssey, released in 2017. Lamb's version

(...) to imagine that prospective penitence can excuse a present violation of duty...more

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