"Armitage has given an ageless story new vigor, and has done it with style, wit and elegance."—Literary Review
Originally commissioned by the BBC and broadcast in 2004, Armitage's version is a radio playa play for voices, now published in book form. At times, the reader may feel something is missing: The descriptive sentences that punctuate the dialogue are fairly terse ("Delirious and breathless, Odysseus collapses on the floor"), and one can only guess at the fun some BBC basement wizard must have had with the sound effects (thunderbolts, shades lapping at a puddle of freshly spilled blood and so on). For these moments of wistfulness, however, we are more than compensated by Armitage's pincer-move on Homer's epic, his combination of deep attentiveness and refreshing imaginative license.