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ISBN13: 9780312680466
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A New York Times Bestseller

A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice

Zachary Mason's brilliant and beguiling debut novel reimagines Homer's classic story of the hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy. With hypnotic prose, terrific imagination, and dazzling literary skill, Mason creates alternative episodes, fragments, and revisions of Homer's original that, taken together, open up this classic Greek myth to endless reverberating interpretations. The Lost Books of the Odyssey is punctuated with great wit, beauty, and playfulness; it is a daring literary page-turner that marks the emergence of an extraordinary new talent.

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"[A] dazzling debut....Stunning and hypnotic...Mr. Mason...has written a series of jazzy, post-modernist variations on the Odyssey, and in doing so he's created an ingeniously Borgesian novel that's witty, playful, moving and tirelessly inventive....This is a book that not only addresses the themes of Homers classic — the dangers of pride, the protean nature of identity, the tryst between fate and free will — but also poses new questions to the reader about art and originality and the nature of storytelling." Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times

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"Zachary Mason has achieved something remarkable. He's written a first novel that is not just vibrantly original but also an insightful commentary on Homer's epic and its lasting hold on our imagination." John Swansburg, Slate.com

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"Mason has a big heart beneath all his narrative trickery, and he uses it to bring a contemporary sensitivity to the myths." Jeremy McCarter, Newsweek

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"Jubilant in execution. Perverse and irreverent." Katherine A. Powers, the Boston Globe

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"Mason's prose is finely wrought....His imagination soars and his language delights." Adam Mansbach, the New York Times Book Review

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"Clever, compelling, and often poignant....Mason's puckishly archaic diction, a wiseacres revision of Richmond Lattimore with swing and jazz, is such a pleasure." Jesse Berrett, San Francisco Chronicle

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"Marvelous....The stories wonderful variety reflects the cunning, resourceful character of Odysseus himself." Timothy Farrington, The Wall Street Journal

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"An absolute delight." Alan Cheuse, NPR's All Things Considered

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"[The Lost Books of the Odyssey] is, to my surprise, a wonderful book. I had expected it to be rather preening, and probably thin. But it is intelligent, absorbing, wonderfully written, and perhaps the most revelatory and brilliant prose encounter with Homer since James Joyce." Simon Goldhill, the Times Literary Supplement

Review:

"Mason's delightful, inventive collection takes the raw materials of Homer — wily Odysseus, faithful Penelope, wrathful Poseidon — and then recombines, warps and twists elements of his well-worn tale." Philadelphia City Paper

Review:

"Mason's fantastic first novel, a deft reimagining of Homer's Odyssey, begins with the story as we know it before altering the perspective or fate of the characters in subsequent short story-like chapters....This original work consistently surprises and delights." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"These imaginary lost books of The Odyssey enhance Homer's epic tale with alternative scenarios and viewpoints. A finalist this year for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, Mason employs clear, crisp prose and a clever sense of humor to propel the action briskly....A paean to the power of storytelling." Library Journal

Review:

"Though none of these brilliantly conceived revisions fits neatly into Homer's classic poem, each resonates with something of the artistic vigor of the ancient original....A daring and successful experiment in fictional technique." Booklist

Review:

"[A] literary adventure in which everything — the hero, the author, even the reader — is up for grabs....The epic as kaleidoscope." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Punctuated with great wit, beauty, and playfulness, Mason's brilliant and beguiling debut novel reimagines Homer's classic story of the hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy, opening up this classic Greek myth to endless reverberating interpretations.

About the Author

Zachary Mason is a computer scientist specializing in artificial intelligence. He was a finalist for the 2008 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. He lives in California.

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Ruah13, January 9, 2012 (view all comments by Ruah13)
For one who likes mythology and the classics like I do, this book is fabulous! Mason 'translates' recently found additional books and fragments of books to the Odyssey that range in length from one paragraph to several pages. Since they are not a continuous story, it's easy to read a chapter, put it down (though I didn't want to!) and return to it later. I loved the twists and turns of "The Other Assassin" and "The Stranger" which prove just how intensely Mason lived with the text and how inventive his mind is.

I've done something with this book that I haven't done with many others: I've given copies to friends as gifts! Since people's taste in reading material is often so personal, I am generally reluctant to actually give books to people; recommendations, yes, but not the books themselves. This one's different. Everyone who received my gift enjoyed it as much as I did.
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Randall Nichols, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Randall Nichols)
This book felt like it fell somewhere between Alan Lightma's "Einstein's Dreams" and a story by Borges, with the Iliad and the Odyssey as the focus. It was an inventive take that, while original, felt true to the stories and characters in them. It was one of a few books in recent memory that I can say I couldn't put down.
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ginger rose, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by ginger rose)
Multiple perspectives on the people and events in the Odyssey.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312680466
Author:
Mason, Zachary
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 240 pages Picador USA - English 9780312680466 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] dazzling debut....Stunning and hypnotic...Mr. Mason...has written a series of jazzy, post-modernist variations on the Odyssey, and in doing so he's created an ingeniously Borgesian novel that's witty, playful, moving and tirelessly inventive....This is a book that not only addresses the themes of Homers classic — the dangers of pride, the protean nature of identity, the tryst between fate and free will — but also poses new questions to the reader about art and originality and the nature of storytelling."
"Review" by , "Zachary Mason has achieved something remarkable. He's written a first novel that is not just vibrantly original but also an insightful commentary on Homer's epic and its lasting hold on our imagination."
"Review" by , "Mason has a big heart beneath all his narrative trickery, and he uses it to bring a contemporary sensitivity to the myths."
"Review" by , "Jubilant in execution. Perverse and irreverent."
"Review" by , "Mason's prose is finely wrought....His imagination soars and his language delights."
"Review" by , "Clever, compelling, and often poignant....Mason's puckishly archaic diction, a wiseacres revision of Richmond Lattimore with swing and jazz, is such a pleasure."
"Review" by , "Marvelous....The stories wonderful variety reflects the cunning, resourceful character of Odysseus himself."
"Review" by , "An absolute delight."
"Review" by , "[The Lost Books of the Odyssey] is, to my surprise, a wonderful book. I had expected it to be rather preening, and probably thin. But it is intelligent, absorbing, wonderfully written, and perhaps the most revelatory and brilliant prose encounter with Homer since James Joyce."
"Review" by , "Mason's delightful, inventive collection takes the raw materials of Homer — wily Odysseus, faithful Penelope, wrathful Poseidon — and then recombines, warps and twists elements of his well-worn tale."
"Review" by , "Mason's fantastic first novel, a deft reimagining of Homer's Odyssey, begins with the story as we know it before altering the perspective or fate of the characters in subsequent short story-like chapters....This original work consistently surprises and delights."
"Review" by , "These imaginary lost books of The Odyssey enhance Homer's epic tale with alternative scenarios and viewpoints. A finalist this year for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, Mason employs clear, crisp prose and a clever sense of humor to propel the action briskly....A paean to the power of storytelling."
"Review" by , "Though none of these brilliantly conceived revisions fits neatly into Homer's classic poem, each resonates with something of the artistic vigor of the ancient original....A daring and successful experiment in fictional technique."
"Review" by , "[A] literary adventure in which everything — the hero, the author, even the reader — is up for grabs....The epic as kaleidoscope."
"Synopsis" by , Punctuated with great wit, beauty, and playfulness, Mason's brilliant and beguiling debut novel reimagines Homer's classic story of the hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy, opening up this classic Greek myth to endless reverberating interpretations.
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