This is a beautiful collection of tone poems and evocative scenes inspired by the Odyssey. Those looking for a through-composed novel will be disappointed. The collection of stories explores Odysseus and a multitude of other characters and events from both the Iliad and the Odyssey. Author, Mason, demonstrates a deep love for and knowledge of these old stories, both the tales in the "official" version we all read in high school, and those apocryphal tales that survived many generations of oral and written tradition. The overall effect of the book is a haunting, poetic interpretation of a classic that has deep roots in Western culture.