The Return of Ulysses: A Cultural History of Homer's Odyssey (Paperback)
Daniel Vigne's Le Retour de Martin Guerre and Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain all show that Odysseus is truly a versatile hero. His travels across the wine-dark Aegean are journeys not just into the mind of one of the most brilliantly creative of all the ancient Greek writers. They are as much a voyage beyond the limits of a narrative which can plausibly lay claim to being the quintessential global phenomenon.
"The Return of Ulysses represents a major contribution to how we assess the continuing influence of Homer in modern culture." – Simon Goldhill, Professor of Greek Literature and Culture, University of Cambridge"Hall's rich appraisal will be greeted as the definitive investigation of a fascinating and many-sided phenomenon." – Marilyn B Skinner, Professor of Classics, University of Arizona"A brilliant, cultured and far-reaching tool for interpreting the Odyssey, The Return of Ulysses will both teach and delight." – Richard F Thomas, Professor of Greek and Latin, Harvard University
"[Hall] fills her pages with sharp and often surprising observations about the Odyssey and its spiritual children. She devotes much attention to film (The Searchers, The Natural, Cold Mountain and many others), but even reflected in this modern medium, she realizes, the Odyssey owes a measure of its allure to its sheer, echoing antiquity. Reading her good-humored and accessible book is like conversing across the ages." – New York Times Book Review 2010