Big O finally makes it home, and the action calms down a bit. In fact, the last half of The Odyssey is considerably slower than the first. It’s also more frustrating, since Big O goes on and on and on and on about how great he is. He’s also a big fat liar. Okay, maybe not fat, but he is big and he is a liar. If I were Penelope, I’d be wishing I’d married one of those suitors while I had the chance.
Oh wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Because while Big O has returned to Ithaca, he’s not really home. “Huh?” you say. Well, see, it seems like Big O wants to remain incognito, so he tells a bunch of tall tales and hides his identity. And yeah, maybe Athena is behind this, but Big O seems to take a whole lotta pleasure in lying to everyone (except his son…he comes clean to Telemachus, ‘cause he needs a partner in crime to help slay all of the suitors). He’s even got this elaborate story to explain who he is (some beggar Cretan prince, which just happens to make a fine play on words, doesn’t it?).
So Books 13-18 are fairly uneventful…it’s mostly just bringing all of our main characters back together and setting the scene for the big showdown with the suitors. I really don’t have much to say about these chapters.