A reprint of one of Giono's earliest works, a lively and entertaining satire of the famous legend. Here Ulysses is shown returning to Penelope after ten years of amorous rather than heroic adventures because he has heard of her infidelity with Antinous. On the way home he invents a few small feats to cover over his purely Don Juan escapades, only to find upon reaching Ithaca that he is expected to fulfill the reputation he had created for himself. Bravado, cowardice, and intricate deceits enter in and provide some witty situations in the Giradoux manner. An ingenious idea with lusty, Gallic humor.