In this sequel to Troy, Geras once again shows her skill at Ithaka. Adele Geras, Author. Harcourt $17 (p) ISBN A companion piece for the author’s Troy ()—and another definitive example of storytelling so character-driven that nearly everything. Many years have passed since the end of the Trojan War, and Penelope is still waiting for her husband, Odysseus, to return home. The city of Ithaka is overrun.

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Geras took the Oddyssey and Penelope’s own story through it as a basic background and formed her own story within that was mythic in it’s own scope. When things were boring historically, Geras invented some steamy romance drama to keep things going. It’s like picking up Romeo and Juliet, expecting those beautifully posed words, and Juliet says “Oh my God! Ithaka turns our attention to adrle story of Penelope.

ITHAKA by Adèle Geras | Kirkus Reviews

Soon the rabble of suitors arrive to demand that Penelope marry one of them. She soon ithhaka about love and the matters of the heart, however, when she becomes infatuated with Odysseus’s troublesome son, Telemachus. From the suicide of Antikleia, to the return of Odysseus, back-to-back events have you itching to read the next chapter; the next page.

The three children are inseparable during their childhoods. Odysseus, when he eventually appeared, was equally unsatisfying.


It also focuses on the relationship between Klymene and Ikarios, who are twins that have lived with their grandmother, Nana, who was also Odysseus’ nurse. Hardcoverpages. People who like a slow, interesting read. Ithaka shows just how deep love and loyalty can run, and just how deeply greed can go as well.

This is now one of my favorite books. Not only what the family goes through as they wait for the soldier to return- or not, but what happens afterward as well, after the hugs have finished. Most of the characters were rather flat, especially those who can be compared to their original counterparts like Odysseus and Penelope. Jun 04, Samantha rated it really liked it. Sheds light on a truth that was hidden. May 27, MeghanM rated it really liked it.

And her character foil ,Melantho is so very flat and under developed other than being a stereotype of a whore driven only by sexual desire. She was known for her stage and vocal talents, but decided instead to become a full-time writer.


Ithaka is an enchanting novel which explores the nature of love, faith and family. The Best Books of You groan when the smug, bitchy blonde Melantho bags him, though he’s clearly not avele man for Klymene, and when another good-looking young man, Mydon, appears on the scene and shows his interest in her you want to cheer.

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This is a completely different story, full of magic and heartbreak, joy and sadness, and the trial and error of growing up.


Telemachus and Melantho got on my nerves but other than that it was pretty good. Melantho also starts to like one of the suitors.

But otherwise, the book was pretty interesting, because the author writes fairly well and the characters are mostly likeable except the ones, of course, you’re supposed to hate.

In “Troy,” the visits were almost always forgotten which made them seem pointless. Why are they always introducing themselves? She wants to do as Pallas Athene has asked and stay constant and unchanging but all around her people are telling her that Odysseus must be dead. But as a woman in such times, she has little power to exercise over her land. When a writer chooses to develop a well known myth with archetypal characters it seems that there are two ways to go: Yet she continues, finding the right-coloured wools by instinct, weaving even when she’s telling the story of her husband in the arms of the witch Circe.

I loved this book and i hope to pick up a copy sometime soon.