This book has been sat on my shelves for an embarrassing long time but I finally got round to picking it up recently and I am so glad that I did. This was a wonderful book to dip in and out of over a few evenings.
The Lost Books of The Odyssey takes the familiar story of Odysseus’ long trip home from war and injects it with new life. Inside the covers of this book are fourty-four retellings of the Odyssey. Some are familiar, some challenge what you think you know. In some of them Odysseus finally finds himself at home but finds something waiting for him that he could not expect. Throughout them all are themes of loss, being lost and the delicate line between fact and fiction.
There is a brevity to a lot of of the retellings which surprised me but I can clearly understand the choice that Zachary Mason made. These snippets of stories are very impactful and need to be savoured. Like really rich food, a little goes a long way. You will want to take your time with this. I found that I only wanted to read a couple of the retellings at a time so I could really appreciate them.
I can also see this being the kind of book that I will dip in and out of, not always in order, over the next few years. There are a lot of stories in here that I really love and appreciate the direction that Mason has taken the story in. I know I’ll be wanting to re-read those soon!