The Lost Books of The Odyssey by Zachary Mason (review by Allison W. ’16)

The Lost Books of The OdysseyThe Lost Books of The Odyssey by Zachary Mason
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Lost Books of the Odyssey consists of short stories that center mainly on well-known parts of The Iliad and The Odyssey, with twists that create new perspectives on well-known mythology. Although each story is engaging and worth reading, the work as a whole is disconnected. Every “book” is independent, with some even contradicting others, which is consistent with the oral tradition of The Iliad and The Odyssey; however, this organization also causes the novel to lose its momentum between stories. A chronological ordering would have been less confusing and potentially more compelling, but even without any clear arrangement, The Lost Books of the Odyssey is worth reading for its interesting additions and alterations to Greek mythology. – Allison W. ’16

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