I was thoroughly enjoying my first ever reading of The Odyssey in verse thanks to Robert Fagles translation. I had even tempted Mr BB to try a little of it and he was impressed with the language and rhythm.
But then I hit Book 11.
The long, tedious roll call of the dead had me pulling my hair out. I checked my prose version to see if that was any better, but no….name after name, woe after woe…the dead just kept on coming. (I had obviously read it through once upon a time as I had highlighted all the names of the dead! Although maybe I was just keeping a body count?!)
I’ve given myself a half-way break (joining in a To Kill A Mockingbird readalong and now the Austen in August) but I fear I’m just avoiding it now and won’t find my way back.
Could this be my own private Odyssey?
Is is my own trial and tribulation? Do I need a wily, cunning trick to get back on track?
What am I missing?