Summarize the events that take place between book one and book nine.

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troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In book 1, Athena goes to Telemachus to inspire him to go and find out what he can about his father.  In books 2 to 4 Telemachus travels to both Pylos and Sparta to visit two good friends and warriors that fought with his father (Nestor and Menelaus).  In book 5, Calypso is ordered to let Odysseus travel home.  She provides him with what he needs to build a ship and he sets sail.  In book 6, he is shipwrecked on the island of Scheria.  Princess Nausicaa finds him and leads him to her father's court.  In books 7 and 8, Odysseus is received in King Alcinous' court and he is fed (hospitality theme here) and no questions are asked at first.  At the end of book 8, Odysseus weeps at the words sung about the Trojan War.  Alcinous asks him to tell who he is and why he is there.  Book 9 begins the first travels of Odysseus and his crew after the war was over.  He tells of his travels to Ismarus, the Lotus Eaters, and then the land of Polyphemus where he blinds him and receives his curse.