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Homer's Daughter

Narrated by: Karen Cass
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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Summary

In Homer's Daughter, Robert Graves recreates the Odyssey. This bold retelling of the ancient epic imagines that its author was not the blind and bearded Homer of legend, but a young woman in Western Sicily who calls herself Nausicaä. In Robert Graves's words, Homer's Daughter is 'the story of a high-spirited and religious-minded Sicilian girl who saves her father's throne from usurpation, herself from a distasteful marriage, and her two younger brothers from butchery by boldly making things happen, instead of sitting still and hoping for the best.'

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“A great imagination and above all a powerful intellect” (Daily Telegraph)
“Narrator Karen Cass brings intrigue, a budding romance, and pitched battle to life with the cool detachment of the exceptionally bright teenager that Nausicaa is--along with a teenager's occasional moodiness and petulance. The many characters are clearly delineated, and the pace never flags. Cass's reading carries us into a story as modern as it is thrilling.” (AudioFile)

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The reader was difficult to listen to, and the first third of the story was slow and insubstantial, so I had to speed it up. But the protagonist was a compelling character, as were the rest, and the storyline grew more and more interesting as it went on.

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  • Gail N.
  • 30-12-18

One of Graves' best.

This novel showcases Graves' vast knowledge of ancient literature and history. The voice of the narrator, Karen Cass, really brings the character of Nausicaa to vivid life. She is intelligent and resourceful and, for her time, uncharacteristically bold. Graves has cleverly created a backstory for the Odyssey where Nausicaa is the heroine of the tale. If you have not read the Odyssey, you will be at a real disadvantage in appreciating the clever way Graves makes Homer's epic dovetail with the diary of Nausicaa, the supposed real action on which the epic poem is based. The book is a delight from start to finish. I only wish he had done a similar novel based on the Iliad. The strong feminist themes in this story are ahead of their time not only for the time in which Graves' was writing (1955) but also in terms of what we know of the lives of women in the Archaic Greek era (800 - 600 BC).