Books: A Most Unlikely God

THE ODYSSEY (474 pp.) — Homer, translated by Robert Fitzgerald —Doubleday ($4.95).

On first looking into Fitzgerald's Homer, the modern reader will be less astonished than was Keats when he looked into Chapman's.* Poet Robert Fitzgerald has again put into English the very old story of the most indestructible of Greeks. Odysseus was a very Greek hero, "formidable for guile in peace and war," "the great tactician,'' "skilled in all ways of contending," "all craft and gall," admired as much for his divinely inspired chicanery as for his handiwork with spear, bow or tiller....

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