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review 2017-08-25 16:06
Good Great Course
The Iliad of Homer (The Great Courses) - Elizabeth Vandiver

Good little course in the Iliad. Vandiver's passion is quite clear and she makes connections to later literature as well. There is a good background selection as well.  If you are interested in Homer or starting to read him, you should listen to this.

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review 2017-08-13 04:19
Fly Homer Fly by Bill Peet
Fly Homer Fly - Bill Peet

Genre:  Animals / Birds / Inspiration / Drama / Friendship


Year Published: 1969


Year Read:  2010

Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Company

 

 

Homer

“Fly Homer Fly” is a brilliant children’s book from Bill Peet and it is about how a lonely pigeon named Homer finds a friend in Sparky the sparrow when he tries to see what life is like in the big city. “Fly Homer Fly” is a lovely story about true friendship that children will love for many years.

Bill Peet’s illustrations are beautiful, especially of the images of Homer and the other pigeons in Pigeon Plaza as the pigeons look different from each other since they have different colors and shapes and Homer seems to be the smallest pigeon out of all the other pigeons. The images that stood out the most were the images of Sparky the sparrow and the largest pigeon that Homer meets up with. Sparky the sparrow looks so small and cute and is the smallest bird in the entire book, while the biggest pigeon looks rough as its feathers are all ruffled up. Bill Peet’s story about Homer trying to adjust to the city life and meeting Sparky the sparrow is truly inspirational as Homer and Sparky bond with each other throughout the book and Sparky would try his best to help out Homer in the city, which proves that he is a true friend to Homer. Children can easily relate to Homer and Sparky’s friendship as many children have friends who would do anything to help them out of a difficult situation the best they can.

Homer

“Fly Homer Fly” is a great classic book for children who love reading books about friendship. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the length of this book might bore smaller children.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-08-12 14:22
The Iliad
Ilias - Homer,Karl Ferdinand Lempp

What can I possibly say about The Iliad that hasn´t been said by a whole bunch of other people before? It´s one of the great classics, an epic story about war, love, loyalties and heroics. All the emotions a human being can encounter in life are present in this work. And it´s so dramatic, the heroes and gods being either petty and childisch, brave and fearsome or simply being totally bonkers. It´s so much fun to read (I especially loved the Paris bashing episodes).

 

I absolutely loved The Iliad, it made its way into my "favorite books of all time" list and I can´t wait to read The Odyssey. Thankfully the German translator of the Iliad, Karl Ferdinand Lempp, has translated The Odyssey as well, so I´m sure I will be in for treat (the German prose translation has been excellent. I highly recommend it if you are capable of reading the German language).

 

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text 2017-08-07 20:51
Reading progress update: I've read 468 out of 498 pages.
Ilias - Homer,Karl Ferdinand Lempp

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I´m finishing the Iliad tonight and what can I say, it is amazing (I don´t think the last book will spoil it for me).

 

And I just found this infographic, which just says it all (spoilers ahead):

 

Deaths in the Iliad

 

Hektor and Diomedes are bad ass.

 

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text 2017-08-06 08:02
Reading progress update: I've read 240 out of 498 pages.
Ilias - Homer,Karl Ferdinand Lempp

Hats off for keeping track on all the warriors that are in the fight. I imagine Homer having a "who-to-kill-next-list" by his side while writing the poem, crossing of who has died.

 

And he has just broken the fourth wall, telling the reader that he is only a guy, not a god, and he won´t be able to tell us what is happening in every corner of the battlefield:

 

Und doch wurde bald an sämtlichen Toren gerungen. Ich kann euch Lesern das nicht im einzelnen schildern; schließlich bin ich kein Gott, der gleichzeitig alles zu überblicken hat!

 

 

The way this is written you could get the impression that he was in the midst of the battlefield as a kind of war correspondent.

 

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