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THE ILIAD AND THE ODYSSEY. Retold and illustrated by Marcia Williams. Walker. pound;5.99.

For an introduction to Homer, look no further. Marcia Williams recreates fabulous scenes from the epics in comic strips reminiscent of the friezes on Greek vases. These pages are witty and full of detail, though relayed with an economy of line and word that evokes the relentlessness of events that characterises Homer.

The pictures convey the directness of Greek art, sparing us neither the gore nor the passion, but adding comic interjections that young minds will thoroughly appreciate.

Elaine Williams

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