In this sequel to Troy, Geras once again shows her skill at Ithaka. Adele Geras, Author. Harcourt $17 (p) ISBN A companion piece for the author’s Troy ()—and another definitive example of storytelling so character-driven that nearly everything. Many years have passed since the end of the Trojan War, and Penelope is still waiting for her husband, Odysseus, to return home. The city of Ithaka is overrun.
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Ithaka by Adèle Geras
Many years have passed since the end of the Trojan War, and Penelope is still waiting for her husband, Odysseus, to return home. The city of Ithaka is overrun with uncouth suitors from the surrounding islands who are vying to win Penelope’s hand in marriage, thereby gaining control of the land. When a naked, half-drowned man washes up on the beach, everything changes. Told through the eyes of Klymene, a young girl who is like a daughter gerass Penelope–and who longs for more than friendship from the young prince Telemachus– Ithaka captures ihhaka quiet strength and patience of a woman’s enduring love for her husband and the ensuing chaos that threatens all as Penelope is pressured to remarry.
Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ithakaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 21, Allyson rated it did not like it Recommends it for: The second book I’ve read by Geras and my impression of her style remains the same – her style of writing is good but her lines?! It’s like picking up Romeo and Juliet, expecting those beautifully posed words, and Juliet says “Oh my God!
Can you, like, believe what she’s, like, wearing? It’s so, like, not hot! Her plot points are beautiful, her gerass are usually well drawn with the exception of the femme fatales, who are fairly one-dimensiona The second book I’ve read by Geras and my impression of her style remains the same – her style of writing is good but her lines?!
ITHAKA by Adèle Geras | Kirkus Reviews
Her plot points are beautiful, her characters are usually well drawn with the exception of the femme fatales, who are fairly one-dimensional and exactly the same in both booksbut when an author writes the same thing over and over, it makes for boring reading. Jan 03, Cameran rated it did not like it Shelves: To be honest this book was a disappointment. I had read her previous book Troy which I loved!
Jan 19, Krista Stevens rated it it was ok Shelves: Loved this until I hated it perspective of Homer’s “The Odyssey” one of my all time favorite books. This book tells the story of what happened at Odysseus’ home for the twenty years he was away, first fighting in the Trojan War and then his ten-year long odyssey home.
We see Telemachus growing up with two servants who are close to the family and many of the events in The Odyssey are woven into this story to great affect. We see Argos dream doggy dreams, Penelope struggle to cope with the incre Loved this until I hated it perspective of Homer’s “The Odyssey” one of my all time favorite books.
We see Argos dream doggy dreams, Penelope struggle to cope with the increasing frustration of the suitors while she weaves which somehow ties into what Odysseus is currently dealing with – that was a little oddand the rest of the minor characters.
I get it that it’s a double standard that O can have sexual encounters with goddessess and somehow that’s okay but it’s not okay for Penelope, but that flies in the face of their first encounter when he returns still disguised as a beggar, which this book completely fails at adle both of their cunning, cleverness, and delight in seeing each gerqs. Some sexually explicit scenes. I thought this might be a nice companion to our Greek mythology unit. May 17, Emily Mcelveen rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is now one of my favorite books.
It has a large focus on what happens in Ithaka while Odysseus is traveling back home. You get to know what all of the suitors are like much more than in anything I have read before. It also focuses on the relationship between Klymene and Ikarios, who are twins that have lived with their grandmother, Nana, who was also Odysseus’ nurse. The biggest part of the plot is when Melantho comes into play in the beggining of the story.
Telemachus ends up falling in lo This is now one of my favorite books.
Telemachus ends up falling in love with her, which breaks Klymene’s heart. Melantho also starts to like one of the suitors.
This ends up causing everything like Penelopea’s loom being destroyed because of the shroud.
My favorite part is when Klymene meets Mydon in the very beggining because he is apologizing for the rest of Iithaka men. They end up falling in love at the end of the story, and also, Telemachus is free from Melantho by this time.
I loved this book and i hope to pick up a copy sometime soon. Apr 17, Anne Osterlund rated it liked it. The women of the Itjaka are waiting. The queen, Penelope, waiting, weaving, and unweaving the shroud she has pledged to complete before choosing a new suitor to replace her husband.
Because these women stand in their way. A study of love and loss, constancy and betrayal, and true heartbreak versus false. Sep 11, Hedwig rated it it was amazing. I cherished this book. Everything you could possibly want in one book; adventure, drama, chaos, war, bloodshed, sex, passion gods, goddesses and love.
It has the classic spin of an ancient greek myth with gods and goddesses, written in a story format that made it much easier and enjoyable to read.
Apr 23, Emily rated it did not like it. I always wondered why Odysseus got to cheat on Penelope, while she had to put up with all the suitors, remaining faithful, even though Odysseus wasn’t to her. Narrated by Klymene, a girl who is almost like a daughter to Penelope. A wonderful take on “The Odyssey. May 20, Claudia rated it really liked it. The Iliad and the Odyssey are two of my all time favourite tales, so I am particularly drawn to any “spin offs”of the Homer epics.
It helps to keep the stories alive, and I really am no ready to let go, just yet. This story is set in Ithaca and centres around Klymene and Ikarios, twins that have a close bond with Telemachus and Penelope Odysseus’ son and wife.
It gives Klymene’s perspective on the period that Penelope waits for her husband to return from war, as she holds contemptuous suitors The Iliad and the Odyssey are two of my all time favourite tales, so I am particularly drawn to any “spin offs”of the Homer epics.
It gives Klymene’s perspective on the period that Penelope waits for her husband to return from war, as she holds contemptuous suitors at bay, and tries to keep her fracturing family together.
I enjoyed this a great deal, and look forward to more Homeric side stories to help me keep the fantasy alive. Aug 14, Emily rated it it was amazing. After reading The Odyssey and another book similar to this one, this book added to everything. It was cool how it changed perspectives and included parts of the Odyssey. I wish there was more! May 16, Ellen rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 14, Feathzzz rated it liked it Shelves: Bit of a disappointment Nov 27, Amanda Macias rated it really liked it.
It follows the different characters perspectives in a way that makes since and goes in-depth into them all. I got attached to the characters and enjoyed the Greek mythology in it and the way how it showed how they interacted with the humans.
Sheds light on a truth that was hidden.
Mar 21, Horatia Ma rated it really liked it. A gripping tale of love, betrayal and death. Yes, people, we’re journeying to Ancient Greece as the battle of Troy rages gerad. But we’re not going to that particular battlefield. No, we’re staying back home, where it’s safe. But is it really? Different people have different problems, and that’s certainly true for Penelope and Telemachus.
While Odysseus fights another kingdom, Penelope fights her own battle – against her own kingdom. Nov 30, Lisa Schensted added it. Geras deals with first loves, doubt, and hope in an interesting and serious way. Life is threaded through with it, but you must face it and grieve and carry on if you’re to be a real man. It’s easier to do that when you’ve got your family around you.
When you’re in your own house. Ithaka is worth every bit of agony I’ve gone heras to get here. She was used to the way men sometimes behaved, but it was exhausting. The ithakx ever admit, straight out, what was wrong, but waited for the thing – whatever it was that was bothering them – to be drawn out slowly like a thorn from an animal’s paw. You had to ask questions.
They had to be the right questions. You had to guess and cajole and tease the pain out of them, and it could be a tedious business.
Ithaka turns our attention to the story of Penelope. The wife that Odysseus left behind when he led the Greek army in the Trojan war.