Saturday, 12 March 2011

The Lost Books of the Odyssey, Zachary Mason: Not The Rejects

The Lost Books of The Odyssey is a series of 'missing' sections from the original, brilliant, story. They are a mix of extra little adventures that Odysseus goes on, different tellings of parts of the story and revelations into how the Odyssey actually came about.

The stories range from introspective suffering of Odysseus, to funny twists as he outwits someone, to how the Odyssey is a complete invention by someone featured in it. These are the ones I really love, particularly one called Fragment which doesn't fill a page but is a intriguing idea and Blindness which made me consider the story in a completely different way.

The author has a knack of coming up with interesting twists to stories and it is quite amazing how many variations he comes up from just one base story.

If you like the Odyssey you'll love this book.

The Lost Books of the Odyssey is out now for about £11