My reading last week featured exotic tales in wild...

I'm Reading. . .

November 24, 1996

My reading last week featured exotic tales in wild lands:

"The Odyssey of Homer," translated by Robert Fagles, introduction and notes by Bernard Knox. The great story of wandering, in a fresh translation, with the eminent, clear-headed Knox as our guide.

"The Arabian Nights: A Companion," by Robert Irwin. Proof that learning can make even the most astonishing stories more interesting.

"The Thief" by Megan Whalen Turner. A young adult novel of adventure, set in a Mediterranean-like country called Sounis in a time when the old gods have just been supplanted. My wife's new book.

- Mark Turner is a professor of English at the University of Maryland. This week he will receive an Award from the French Academy for the book he wrote with Frank Thomas, "Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose." His new book is "The Literary Mind" published by Oxford.

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