One by one the classic legends of Greece, rooted as they are in half-history, are being rescued and brought into modern dress. This is the famous story of the return of Ulysses (or Odysseus as Homer would have it), told as if ""I was there when..."". Homer, could he speak, and speak on these pages he does, would take sharp exception to some of the variants. Penelope rips the stitches of her embroidery instead of her weaving- and acknowledges she does neither very well. Ulysses finds the bow beyond his strength -- and tricks the quarreling suitors in another way than decreed by his wife. There is no dog to identify him. And so on. The modern reader may resist some of the unquestionably deliberate quotations out of historical context- even Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein are included. But nobody could read the script without a sense of anticipation and immediacy in the telling of the familiar tale.