Oedipus the King [Translated] (With Active Table of Contents)
I have no notice of any other plot that can be described as more tragic than this one. Besides, it is one of the main sources of our culture, as with all true Classics. Oedipus summarizes some of our worst fears and traumas: the need to "kill the paternal figure", the "dependency on our mother", the "impossibility of control external forces that shape our fate".
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It is horrific and fascinating, and there is simply no way to be indifferent to it. The only budget series of audio books and recorded drama comes from Naxos. One of their more recent entries is a very modern version of Sophocles' in a translation by Duncan Steen. In fact, some might find it a little too modern with its use of idiomatic expressions such as "You can't pin that on me"--which might be taken as an ironic reference to the final horrible deed of the hero.
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But when the messenger the agonized Oedipus as calling himself a "mother f You see, given a sound recording, we can only assume that the action is taking place in the nearly prehistoric past. I do not know the tone of Sophocles' Greek; but I do read that it is elegant and decorous.
Therefore, I can only assume that this translator is doing his source a great injustice. There is an excitement to this performance, although the Creon of Adam Kotz lacks some force. The Chorus itself is cut down to four voices, but they are handled nicely with stereo separation and are quite comprehensible. The music is meager but effectively used.
All in all, a very good if not perfect attempt at making one of the greatest Western plays accessible to a wide audience. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
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Note that you are not being asked to push for answers to all of the questions you find there! Instead, you should. It may be that some of these questions will invite you to reread some of the passages in the novel that you've read so far. If it strikes you that this would be fun and interesting to do, then do it, to the degree you have time. Again, after you've finished the reading, have a look at the Study Guide to Chapters of Cats Cradle.
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You should also familiarize yourself with the Table of Contents of Robert Fagles translation of Homer's The Odyssey , so that you know what the various features of this edition are that are at your disposal. There will be a quiz over Cat's Cradle. This section is has come to be called "The Telemachiad," since it focuses on the delimmas of the absent Odysseus' son Telemachus, and his response to them.