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Graves has recreated another strong and convincing historical setting; this time the scene of the Odyssey, which he believes occurred in Western Sicily. Graves believes also that the author of the Odyssey was not the blind and bearded Homer of legend, but the young woman who calls herself Nausica in the story....

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ISBN : 9780897330596
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Number of Pages : 283 Pages
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Homer's Daughter Reviews

  • Sarah (Presto agitato)
    2019-04-14 13:42

    Robert Graves, best known for I, Claudius, uses Samuel Butler’s theory that The Odyssey was actually written by a Sicilian woman as the inspiration for the novel Homer’s Daughter. Nausicaa, daughter of an Elyman king, faces a host of unwelcome suitors while the king is away and has to devise a means of getting rid of them. Luckily, she is quick-witted and resourceful in facing her conundrum. She also has a knack for poetry and has a bard in her debt who happens to be a Son of Homer. With these advantages, she is able to ensure that her words, if not her name (at least not as authoress), live on for eternity. After a rocky start explaining the origins of all the regional tribes and Nausicaa’s ancestry in excessive detail, Graves finds his rhythm in this clever and witty story. It’s fun seeing what he comes up with to explain various elements of the Odyssey as envisioned by Nausicaa. The writing captures the style of the original Iliad and Odyssey perfectly, complete with over-the-top declamations, implausible feats, and gross-out violence. This is fan fiction, but it’s the fan fiction of a classical scholar who knows his stuff, even if he is a touch irreverent and unorthodox.

  • Fernando Gonzalo Pellico
    2019-04-24 11:26

    Muy buena recreación histórica de la Odisea. Una historia alternativa a la canónica que transmite Homero, dando una explicación distinta, que justificaría las discrepancias de estilo entre la Ilíada y la Odisea.Lectura obligada para los interesados en los mitos homéricos.

  • Debi
    2019-03-29 14:47

    I had a hard time getting into this book. The first half is tiresome and I almost gave up on it but then in the second half the plot picks up and the writing improves. In the end I would say that I do recommend this book, though with a warning about its slow start.

  • Louisa
    2019-04-01 09:45

    In Homer's Daughter, Robert Graves takes up Samuel Butler's argument that it wasn't blind old Homer who wrote The Odyssey, but a young woman from Sicily. Her name was Nausicaa, says Graves, and she wrote the epic poem in the tradition of the singing poets called Homer's Sons, based on her own life experiences. Nausicaa, the princess who does the washing in The Odyssey, who saves Odysseus when he is shipwrecked on the island where she lives, who gives him some of the laundry to wear and helps him on his way back to Ithaca. In Graves's version, Penelope's lovers are in fact Nausicaa's suitors, and the scene of the archery contest is the palace of Nausicaa's father, the King of the Elymans in Drepanum, Sicily. In return for saving the life of Phemius the singer during the final battle, Nausicaa makes him promise to sing and circulate her epic poem.The Iliad, which I admire, is devised by a man for men; this epic, the Odyssey, will be devised by a woman for women. Understand that I am Homer’s latest-born child, a daughter; and listen attentively. When I have finished the poem, and written it out in cuttlefish ink on sheepskin, you must memorize it, and, if necessary, improve the language where it halts or flags.Well, and even if it's not true, then it is at least a very, very good story. I loved it!

  • Tomas
    2019-04-16 15:24

    "Only let Eurymachus ask for another bath!" she cried. "I'll take net and axe and butcher him, as Clytaemnestra butchered Agamemnon. My heart growls in my breast like a bitch with puppies when a stranger approaches."

  • Mika
    2019-04-16 15:28


  • Esteban Candia
    2019-04-03 08:42

    Excelente. lo leí inmediatamente después de leer La Odisea, y lo disfruté mucho

  • Esther González
    2019-04-03 14:43

    La leí hace mucho, antes de conocer y leer "La diosa blanca".Me pareció una gran novela, a esa gran altura que la prosa de Robert Graves acostumbra.

  • Alake88
    2019-03-30 08:20

    Es una historia interesante y muy bien narrada.

  • Phoebe
    2019-03-29 13:43

    Graves wrote this book in 1955 after reading, and becoming convinced by, Samuel Butler's persuasive viewpoint that a woman was the author of the Odyssey, a woman who lived in 750 B.C. Sicily. According to Butler, Sicily was the actual setting for the Odyssey, which was written nearly 150 years after Homer wrote the Iliad, and it is considered a tale of women for women (as opposed to the Iliad, a "tale of men for men"). Graves breathes life into Princess Nausicaa, Butler's authoress, daughter of King Alcinous and Queen Arete, in their kingdom on Western Sicily. She voices her tale of a brother gone missing, a father gone after him, and she and the remainder of her household left to defend a kingdom against a wild party of suitors for her hand and the threat of conquest. Her experiences are clearly basis for the later occurrences in the Odyssey, and she tells at the end how she pens her epic and enlists Phemius, bard and part of the brotherhood of the Sons of Homer (wandering minstrels) to memorize and recite the tale on his travels. Nausicaa's daily life is infused with stories and deeply felt religious beliefs, so it is not hard to see how she can compose a tale such as the Odyssey with all of its rich adventure. At times heavy going with numerous classical references, this is nonetheless quite a well written and intriguing historical novel with rich descriptions of rural life in a tiny Mediterranean kingdom, and would make an excellent book discussion.

  • Don Mario
    2019-04-23 14:29

    Non mi intendo di letteratura greca, ma si sa che l'identità di Omero è tema discusso. Ispirato dall'ipotesi di uno studioso che proponeva un'Odissea di composizione più tardiva dell'Iliade, in una colonia greca e, udite udite, per mano di una donna! lo studioso Robert Graves si è lanciato in un suo personale divertissement: che tipo di donna avrebbe potuto scrivere l'Odissea? Quali vicende potrebbero averla ispirata?E così ci racconta un'Odissea vista da Penelope. Con la bella e intelligente Nausicaa, principessa degli Elimi, greci insediati nella zona di Erice, circondata da pretendenti, per lo più interessati alla ricca dote, che si ritrova a doversela cavare da sola quando suo padre parte alla ricerca di un figlio perduto e lei deve vedersela con i pretendenti sempre più invadenti e pressanti.Da leggere con un sorriso, possibilmente avendo rinfrescato prima il ricordo delle vicende dell'Odissea, per godere meglio delle somiglianze e delle differenze. Graves ha composto una Odissea alternativa, ma solo quanto a immaginazione; senza pretese, con personaggi appena abbozzati e stereotipati. Ma non penso intendesse fare di più: si è divertito a prendere gli elementi dell'Odissea e rimescolarli a suo piacimento; i personaggi finiscono per essere i pezzi di un collage. Ma un collage ben composto, da una mente ingegnosa che sembra condividere con i greci uno sviluppato gusto del raccontare.Letto con piacere.

  • Sasha
    2019-04-21 07:48

    This time around Graves was not so interested in story itself - although there is a very exciting story to tell - as to theory how all those memories and oral traditions probably became interwoven into what we know today as "Odyssey". The novel is set in ancient kingdom on Sicily where princess Nausicaa has to somehow maneuver group of young rascals who in absence of her father plan to swiftly take over the rule and her hand - remember Penelope and her suitors? - along the way she connects previous stories, legends and myths together with her own. It is curiously dry book, intentionally written as ancient epic (lots of empty talk and declamations, long serious speeches and talks about Gods) that stop the story in tracks and often almost sideline the potentially exciting story with so much academic theorizing. If Graves wanted to present this as some ancient Greek play the way they were usually presented thousands of years ago in theatre, he definitely made his point but I found myself skipping a lot of empty talk and was relieved when I finally finished the darn book. I still love Graves but maybe I should give this another chance when I am in different frame of mind.

  • Hugo
    2019-04-05 07:31

    Es una novela de aventura, basada en una hipótesis que probablemente "La Odisea" haya sido escrita por una princesa Siciliana. La princesa Nausicaa que aparece en la epopeya del regreso a Ítaca de Ulises, es en esta obra de ficción, la que escribe la versión original de este épico, como hija de Homero (título que se daba a los que recitaban la poesía Homérica en las cortes de los reyes y construían poemas relacionados a la época helénica), recién nacida e inspirada por la propia Atenea, construye la trama de acuerdo a un incidente que sucedió en su propio hogar.Disfrute mucho la narrativa y me pareció una novela histórica muy bien realizada, acorde a la maestría de Graves con el tema Griego/Romano, la tragedia, la comedia y el estilo homérico, creo realmente que es un hijo de Homero, como lo es Alfonso Reyes, por ejemplo con el poema de Ifigenia Cruel.

  • Dimitri
    2019-03-27 12:45

    Robert Graves claims that he was inspired to write this books when he was convinced by the thesis that the Odyssey was written by a woman around the 6th century BC.The book is not really an attempt to prove this thesis, but a fictional adventure about the female authoress of the epic.Nausicaa is a Greek princess on a Sicilian colony. When her father and older brother depart on sea trips, her house is threatened by a conspiracy. Nausicaa finds herself in pretty much the same situation Penelope was when she was besieged by the suitors, and she has to use all her ingenuity and energy to extricate herself and her family from the dangerous situation.Once again Robert Graves manages to create a magnificent tale of intrigue and suspense, in a realistic atmosphere greatly enhanced by his immense knowledge of history and mythology and his sense of humor.

  • Erik Graff
    2019-03-27 07:24

    Once when asking Dad for a book suggestion, he told me that he had spent a good deal of the War on shipboard reading and that he had particularly liked Robert Graves' historical novels. Having already read the epics in school, I chose Homer's Daughter.Graves was eccentric. A translator of a popular edition of the Iliad himself, he was definitely on top of the classics and very well read in ancient history. Whatever his considered judgment, however, he preferred to publish outrageously tendentious theses, both in his non-fictional and literary publications. This, Butler's hypothesis that Homer was a woman or group of women, is a good example.Graves also was a good writer, an accomplished poet and prolific novelist. Whether or not you are interested in the speculative basis of the book, Homer's Daughter is a fun read.

  • Montse de Paz
    2019-03-29 15:21

    I rated it five stars because this is one of these few novels I have read more than once and probably will read again in the future.Graves is unique as story-teller. In this novel he gives his voice to Nausicaa, a young, smart princess of Sicily who dreams about writing an epic poem while facing a conspiracy againts her royal family. Graves wrote this delicious homeric novel inspired in Butler's theory about the Odissey. According Butler, the author of this epic was a woman, and he gives some details to support his theory. Graves found it original and inspiring and he wrote Homer's Daugther.

  • Caroline Beatle
    2019-04-18 14:21

    3.5/5Una historia de cómo se escribió la Odisea por una mujer. Es interesante leer los hechos ~reales~ que más tarde se convertirían en pasajes de ese poema. Me gustó mucho la manera en que Robert Graves acomodó todo, le dio sentido para explicar el origen de la Odisea, y de paso contó diversos mitos aunque me gustaría ver sus fuentes; eso sí, el inicio se me hizo súper pesado porque da muchísima información en pocas páginas y no me agradó cómo se desarrolló el ¿romance? ¿amor? ¿relación? de Etón y Nausícaa... pero en general, me gustó bastante cómo se conformó la historia.PS. Creo que es más divertido/interesante este libro si ya se leyó primero la Odisea.

  • Stephanie Ricker
    2019-04-09 10:34

    I was fascinated by the miniseries I, Claudius based upon Robert Graves' book, and when I realized this book was in my husband's collection, I snatched it, expecting to be likewise fascinated. I was intrigued by the premise, based on Samuel Butler's theory: what if Homer's Odyssey was in fact written by a young woman? I was surprised by how dull and lifeless the execution was. The writing style was so colorless I was half-tempted to see if this was the same Robert Graves or if someone had swiped the man's identity. The story isn't helped along by the protagonist, who is an irritatingly snobbish know-it-all.

  • SR
    2019-04-15 12:44

    Oh this was lovely. Graves's form of meta-classics fanfic feels a bit more rigorous than, say, Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin, and I feel even more of a compulsion to go through Homer than I did with Virgil after finishing Lavinia.Nausicaa is a wonderful narrator, and the anthropological details about life in the Greek empire were excellent.

  • Annie T
    2019-03-26 10:21

    I am woefully unacquainted with the Odyssey and the Iliad, so many of the references and analogies were above my head, but I suspect they would be considered brilliant for those familiar with the ancient texts. The story included so many characters with long, often similar Greek names I often had trouble following who was who, but it didn't matter. Homer's Daughter was an exciting and very enjoyable adventure.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-09 15:21

    The style is in keeping with the setting. The flow is very different from a modern novel and more like reading a translation of an ancient epic (except not in verse), which I assume was the goal. Overall I enjoyed it. I would have liked to have had the argument for a female author presented though - perhaps in short section at the end. Now I must go find his sources. Which I probably would have done anyway. I suspect Butler may be hard to locate these days though.

  • Dearbhla
    2019-04-08 14:40

    This book/story/author isn't clever as it thinks it is. Or the intended audience is incredibly niche, possibly just the author in fact. The performance of the reader for my Bolinda/Borrowby audio book version was quite poor. Clear enunciation but little or no character differentiation. Just about tolerable overall.

  • Camille Cusumano
    2019-03-24 12:24

    Graves (I Claudius) makes a cogent case for the Odyssey having been written, not by Homer, but by a Sicilian woman living in Erice, 150 years after the Illiad was written. I don't know why there isn't more academic debate on this. There is at least one other scholar who agrees with this. See Graves's foreword.

  • Judyta Szaciłło
    2019-04-13 09:49

    I was hoping for so much more from this book! A distinguished writer, an amazing plot, placed in a well-pictured historical reality... and yet the book is barely enjoyable. The writing is dry, the dialogues artificial. Who talks about types of cheese they've been served when referring a tremendously urgent matter of life and death in a hurry?

  • Trina
    2019-04-05 10:46

    I waited for this to become a good story, but it just never did. Some interesting ancient history tie-ins with Greek Sicily and mythology, but other than that pretty dull. I am disappointed--I loved the Claudius books and Belisarius was pretty good too.

  • Amy Turner
    2019-04-11 15:29

    One of those books that I can see is very well written, yet doesn't appeal to me in some basic way. Too political for my tastes. But I do appreciate that it shows how women could wield power even in ancient male dominated societies.

  • Abby
    2019-03-29 14:20

    It's an interesting book from a classicist/ fiction writer, but the writing is a bit dry. I enjoyed it, but I'm fascinated with the ancient Mediterranean world to a degree that most other people are not, so I'm not sure that I'd recommend it to many of my friends.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-20 11:35


  • Adriaan Krabbendam
    2019-04-24 11:29

    What if Homer appeared to be a woman writer? Very good read.

  • VANY
    2019-04-13 12:47

    eu sei que falei muito mal deste livro no início mas no final renova o estatuto de fanfic para um bom romance! recomendo!