Ithaca by Patrick Dillon audiobook

Ithaca: A Novel Based on Homer’s Odyssey

By Patrick Dillon
Read by Elijah Alexander  and Armando Durán

Blackstone Publishing 9781681771557
9.02 Hours Unabridged
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In the tumultuous aftermath of the Trojan War, a young man battles to save his home and his inheritance. Setting out to find his father, he ends up discovering himself. Telemachus’ father, Odysseus, went off to war before he was born … and never came back. Aged sixteen, Telemachus finds himself abandoned, his father’s house overrun with men pursuing his beautiful mother, Penelope, and devouring the family’s wealth. He determines to leave Ithaca, his island home, and find the truth. What really happened to his father? Was Odysseus killed on his journey home from the war? Or might he, one day, return to take his revenge? Telemachus’ journey takes him across the landscape of Bronze-Age Greece in the aftermath of the great Trojan war. Veterans hide out in the hills. Chieftains, scarred by war, hoard their treasure in luxurious palaces. Ithaca retells Homer’s famous poem The Odyssey from the point of view of Odysseus’ resourceful and troubled son, describing Odysseus’ extraordinary voyage from Troy to the gates of hell, and Telemachus’ own journey from boyhood to the desperate struggle that wins back his home … and his father.

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Summary

Summary

In the tumultuous aftermath of the Trojan War, a young man battles to save his home and his inheritance. Setting out to find his father, he ends up discovering himself.

Telemachus’ father, Odysseus, went off to war before he was born … and never came back. Aged sixteen, Telemachus finds himself abandoned, his father’s house overrun with men pursuing his beautiful mother, Penelope, and devouring the family’s wealth. He determines to leave Ithaca, his island home, and find the truth. What really happened to his father? Was Odysseus killed on his journey home from the war? Or might he, one day, return to take his revenge?

Telemachus’ journey takes him across the landscape of Bronze-Age Greece in the aftermath of the great Trojan war. Veterans hide out in the hills. Chieftains, scarred by war, hoard their treasure in luxurious palaces. Ithaca retells Homer’s famous poem The Odyssey from the point of view of Odysseus’ resourceful and troubled son, describing Odysseus’ extraordinary voyage from Troy to the gates of hell, and Telemachus’ own journey from boyhood to the desperate struggle that wins back his home … and his father.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dillon’s vibrant retelling of The Odyssey is set during the aftermath of the Trojan War and centers on Telemachus, son of the Greek war hero Odysseus…Dillon’s use of the father-son bond and their parallel journeys—Odysseus’ traumatic, meandering trip toward home and Telemachus’ turbulent ascent to manhood—is as rich as it is complex. This is a smart and highly readable adventure, and a fresh take on a classic story.” Publishers Weekly
“Novelist and nonfiction writer Dillon crafts a sentimental tale featuring the well-traveled cast of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey…This fresh take on an ancient narrative will capture the imagination and heart of readers both new to and well versed in Homer’s works.” Library Journal
“Dillon has done an excellent job of reimagining the end of The Odyssey and charting Telemachus’ growth from a timid youth to a capable young man…The story is smoothly told and suspenseful, holding readers’ interest through an open-ended finale that invites a sequel.” Booklist

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Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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Legend vs Reality

The storytelling in this book is not as grand as Greek tales. It’s better than that, likely because of some of its starkly modern sensibilities. This is a story of Telemachus, Odysseus’s son, and his desire to find his father and thereby save his mother from remarrying and also his own skin. I appreciate the iconoclastic events and especially Telemachus’s attitudes toward women, supposed warring nature of men, and war in general. Alas, these stick out to me as being a bit too modern. In reality, this is a book about a son seeking his father and, in the process, learning that legend and reality don’t mesh, leaving Telemachus to become his own person on his own path.

Author

Author Bio: Patrick Dillon

Author Bio: Patrick Dillon

Patrick Dillon is a writer and award-winning architect. He is the author of seven books, including Truth, Lies, The Much-Lamented Death of Madam Geneva, and The Last Revolution. Dillon has been fascinated by Homer’s Odyssey since studying it at school and has traveled extensively in Greece. He lives in London with his family, dividing his time between writing and architecture.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 9.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English