19 Saturday Apr 2014
Guest article by Scott Locke
Telemachus and Homer ~ For every boy who grew up in his father’s shadow and every girl who has been underestimated, there comes a time to look within themselves to see if they have the strength to meet the challenges of the lives.
A great story ~ Review by Steven
An extremely imaginative book and enjoyable read. Anyone who likes mythology must read this new take on an old hero’s family.
For Telemachus this time arrives soon after Odysseus returns from his twenty year absence, when Telemachus comes to appreciate that his own life needs to be about more than waiting for his father to guide him.
On the verge of embarking on an adventure, he learns that his community has been threatened and realizes that he does not know how to help. Swallowing his pride, he recognizes that Homer, a young blind woman is a necessary ally.
Homer, like Telemachus, has something to prove, for although she is respected for her knowledge, she feels unfairly defined by her community. Together, as the people of Ithaca’s last hope, they begin their quest.
Excellent ~ Review by Myth Reader
The premise is clever, making Homer a young woman and a contemporary of Telemachus, and the book is well written. The author also did a great job of introducing new mythological characters. I recommend the book both to fans of the Odyssey and to young adults who are not yet familiar with the Odyssey.