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Discuss The Odyssey at Decorah Public Library
Member Event Community Event
Join facilitator Storm Bailey for a lively two-part conversation about Homer’s “Odyssey” on Thursday November 1 and Thursday November 8 at 6:30 pm at Decorah Public Library. Books are available for checkout at the front desk of the Library; discussions are free and open to all. Participants are encouraged to read the full poem as well as the translator’s note prior to the Nov. 1 meeting.
Decorah Public Library 202 Winnebago Street Decorah, IA 52101
The first great adventure story in the Western canon, “The Odyssey” is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.
In Emily Wilson’s fresh, authoritative versionâ€•the first English translation of “The Odyssey” by a womanâ€•this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way.
Whether this is a first experience with “The Odyssey” or the latest of many, anyone interested is invited to join a group of engaged readers to discuss the structure of the book and its key themes: from hospitality and friendship to masculinity and Homeric virtues. The group will explore what home means for Odysseus and what it might mean for us.
Facilitator Storm Bailey is a Professor of Philosophy at Luther College who is also exploring “The Odyssey” with Paideia students this fall.
Contact Decorah Public Library at 382-3717 for more information.