Fridays are for readers: The Odyssey

Summer has come and is about to go away, but even on holidays books have accompanied our adventures and enriched part of our days.

So now we are back with this weekly post, and what book could better represent our wanderings if not The Odyssey? Ok, it might sound a bit boastful and pretentious, but this is not our intent. We don’t want to take you back to your school days, teaching you the classics and maybe even give you a test and a mark.

Everyone knows it’s the story of a journey. Of Odysseus coming back home after 20 years of wars and travels. This is what struck us the most of this book. The wanderings and adventures of a modern hero struggling to go back home and the feeling of relief and supreme joy once arrived and defeated the Proci.

Life is a journey. It brings along struggles and challenges, gleeful moments and good times. You never know what will happen tomorrow, whether you will be a step closer to your objectives, to your home, or maybe a step further away. No matter where you are, what you are doing, where you are from and where you are going. You have to live your life fully, cherishing the good and proudly facing the bad. Homer tells us not only the story of a hero, but of a modern one, with his doubts, fears and sorrows, hopes and desires, the story of a human being.

(Odysseus:) ‘[…] what I want and all my days I pine for is to go back to my house and see my day of homecoming. And if some god batters me far out on the wine-blue water, I will endure it, keeping a stubborn spirit inside me, for already I have suffered much and done much hard work on the waves and in the fighting. So let this adventure follow.’ (5.219-224)

(Odysseus:) ‘Of all creatures that breathe and walk on the earth there is nothing more helpless than a man is, of all that the earth fosters; for he thinks that he will never suffer misfortune in future days, while the gods grant him courage, and his knees have spring in them. But when the blessed gods bring sad days upon him, against his will he must suffer it with enduring spirit. For the mind in men upon earth goes according to the fortunes the Father of Gods and Men, day by day, bestows upon them.’ (18.130-137)

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