**HOLDEN JONES: THE ODYSSEY (Books 1-6) (Book 1: The Boy and the Goddess…
**HOLDEN JONES: THE ODYSSEY (Books 1-6)
Book 1: The Boy and the Goddess
Telemachus does his best to take control of the house and tells the suitors that they need to leave because he intends to be the lord of his house. He hopes that Zeus will chose him to be king. Telemachus is encouraged that the visitor is a god, and sleeps peacefully that night as he plans the journey to find his father.
She tells Telemachus that he needs to be strong and stand up to the suitors, and the the needs to find out what happened to his father. She encourages him to let his mother marry if she wants too, especially if he finds out that his father is dead.
Athena arrives discussed as a friend, and is not happy with what she sees. Telemachus is very hospitable to her. She wonders why the suitors are taking over the home.
She encourages him to get a ship and go looking for his father, and to work to get the suitors out of his house, even if he has to kill them. Athena leaves after being offered his hospitality, and at that point, he realizes that she is a god.
Penelope is at home with their son, Telemachus, and she is bothered by suitors who have invaded her home. Penelope and her son are hoping that Odysseus will come home and make everything right again.
This inspired him to go off and challenge the suitors. Penelope continues to mourn the loss of Odysseus, and she is encouraged to work her loom to pass the time.
Odysseus has been away from home for many years, and all of the gods with the exception of Poseidon, want to help him get home to Ithaca.
Book 2: A Dangerous Journey
Telemachus decides he is going to go look for his father, and he states that if his father is dead, he will build him a tomb and have his mother chose a husband.
The suitors argue that Penelope is leading them on, and they tell the story of her weaving and unweaving the cloth.
Athena is very helpful in that she disguises herself as different characters. As Mentor, she encourages Telemachus to be strong and prepare for the journey. She also disguised herself as Telemachus, and recruited men in the town to go on the journey, as well as acquiring a ship. She created favorable conditions along their journey with the wind and the waves.
Telemachus calls a meeting of the town elders, and explains how his father has been gone at sea for many years, and how his mother is being bothered by suitors.
Book 3: An Old King Remembers
Telemachus and his crew arrive in Pylos. Athene gives him strength to inquire about his father. They witness a sacrifice to Poseidon, and they visit with King Nestor.
Nestor shares the story with Telemachus about the death of Agamemnon. Nestor encourages him not to stay away from home to long, and to go to Sparta to look for his father.
He provides a carriage and his sons to guide him to Sparta. He realizes that Athen and the gods are on Telemachus’ side, and encourages him that his journey will be successful.
They have one more sacrifice to the gods, and begin their journey to Sparta.
Book 4: What the Sea God Said
He learns from the sea god that he should have given more offerings to Zeus and the other gods. He also finds out that Odysseus is held captive by Calypso, and he learns about the fate of Agamemnon. Telemachus is anxious to get home, and prepares to leave Menelaus. Meanwhile, at Odysseus’ home, the suitors discover that Telemachus has left on the ship.
Penelope also discovers that her son has left. She is upset, and Athena sends a phantom to reassure her that her son will be safe and return home soon.
Menelaus tells a story about his friend Odysseus. He explains about the Trojan war, and how Odysseus was very clever to disguise himself and help the Greeks. After a good night sleep, Telemachus explains that he is searching for his father. Menelaus shares the story about his journey home after the war, and his experience with the sea god.
The suitors plan to kill Telemachus upon his return. They sail out to a rocky island and wait in the harbor to ambush him when he returns.
Telemachus and Pisistratus go to Sparta looking for Menelaus. They’re welcomed into his palace, and are treated hospitably before explaining why they are there. Helen and Menelaus recognize Telemachus as Odysseus’ son.
Book 5: From the Goddess to the Storm
Odysseus wants to go home even though Calypso is immortal and more beautiful than Penelope. She gives him tools to build a raft, and warns him that his journey will be challenging.
She sends him on his way, and on the 18th day, Poseidon creates a terrible stormy sea and he almost dies. Ino helps him with a plan and gives him a scarf to wear around his chest. He reaches Phaeacia and the cliffs prevent him from getting to shore.
The gods have a council meeting, and Poseidon is not there. Athena asks Zeus to help Odysseus to be free since he is a good man. Zeus sends Hermes to tell Calypso to help Odysseus leave the island and return home safely. Calypso tries to convince him to stay.
Athena blocks the winds and gives him courage, helping him to reach the shore near a river’s mouth with gentle waters. He finds a safe place to sleep in the woods and Athena helps him to sleep so his pain and weariness could end.
Book 6: A Princess and Her Laundry
At the river, Odysseus wakes up and finds Nausicaa, and pleads with her to help him find the town.
She gives him clothing to wear and instructs him to follow the wagon back to the grove.
She is planning for her to meet Odysseus.
She also tells him how to win the favor of the king and the queen who will help him return home.
Athena visits Nausicaa in a dream, and tell her that she must go to the river with her slave girls and wash the laundry.
Odysseus prays to Athena that he will find help Phaeacia.