Sunday, February 10, 2008


The Adventures of Ulysses, written by Bernard Evslin and illustrated by William Hunter, is an account of Ulysses' voyages home after the Trojan War.

Evslin begins with a summary of the Trojan War, then goes right to Ulysses' voyages. This account makes it clear that a large number of Ulysses' problems can be blamed on the inability of his crews to control themselves, particularly their appetites.

This book is for a young adult audience, but Evslin doesn't shy away from the blood and gore, nor from the hints at sex within. Evslin's account only begins to delve into some of the more complex themes of mythology – destiny, the will of the gods, and so forth. Evslin uses very colloquial language in some places, which often has a jarring effect on the reader. It isn't used consistently.

This may not be the greatest account of Ulysses, but it is fast-paced, and it is entertaining.