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An Eight-Year-Old Reads ‘The Odyssey’

The other day I found in a Paris bookstore an illustrated version of “The Odyssey” by Marvel, and bought it so my eight-year-old, Lucas, could feel like he was participating in Dad’s and Matthew’s thing. It has been a big hit. Lucas is sitting over there re-reading it now. He said a moment ago, “Dad, I love it when Odysseus goes down to Hades. It’s always good to see zombies.”

He’s very, very fond of the part in which Odysseus and his men stick the burning log into the Cyclops’ eye and fries it. Ah, little boys.


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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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