SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2017 SHORTLISTED FOR THE LONDON HELLENIC PRIZE 2017 WINNER OF THE PRIX MDITERRANE 2018From the award winning, best selling writer a deeply moving tale of a father and sons transformative journey in reading and reliving Homers epic masterpiece.When eighty one year old retired scientist Jay unexpectedly enrols in his estranged classicist son Daniels course on the Odyssey, the journey of a lifetime commences Professor and student glean life lessons from the page over a semester and, that summer, son and father take to the sea to follow Odysseuss epic trail Reading Homer becomes their chance to understand each other before its too late Theirs is a moving and erudite story of filial love and the importance of the classics Rich with literary and emotional insight and weaving themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel and the meaning of home, this is memoir writing at its finest....
|Title||:||An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic: SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2017|
|Format Type||:||Other Book|
|Publisher||:||William Collins 7 September 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||588 Pages|
|File Size||:||787 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic: SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2017 Reviews
Daniel Mendelsohn, a Classics professor at Bard College, has written "An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic", a book, a memoir, almost a dissertation on what seem to be two of his favorite subjects, family and classical literature. An earlier book, "The Lost: The Search for Six of the Six Million", covered the same subjects, but with a different orientation.Mendelsohn writes about a year in which he both taught a class at Bard College on "The Odyssey" and took a Greek island cruise which traces Odysseus's 20 year journey. Although his seminar at Bard was for college students, he asked his early 80's father, Jay, to attend the seminar and to take the cruise with him. Daniel had been at odds with his father for years; Jay was famously a brilliant and taciturn man, married to his wife for over 60 years and was the father of five children. Daniel had long tried to understand his father and felt that Jay, with a long interest in the classics and Greek, might benefit from studying that father-son (and grandfather) epic, "The Odyssey" together.Many people have written memoirs about their parents. Most never quite make that final leap to understanding their father's actions, their mother's thoughts. As children we might know what our parents have done, but we usually don't know what they feel. Daniel Mendelsohn intersperses what happened in the family's past with passages from "The Odyssey". How Odysseus felt after not seeing his home, his wife, his father, and his son for twenty years can't exactly be paired with a man's life two thousand years later, but just the working through the passages of the epic with his father helped bring the two closer and helps Daniel understand - a bit - about his father.I am not a classicist. I've never read any of the epic poems Daniel Mendelsohn writes about in "An Odyssey". I enjoyed his previous book, "The Six" better, but then I am an armchair historian and have read a lot about the Holocaust. So, I was a bit in uncharted waters when I began reading "An Odyssey". But I had enjoyed Mendelsohn's references to classical studies in "The Six" - yes, he managed to combine personal history and the classics in that book, as well - and so I looked forward to reading his new book. I'd say I understood most of it but thoroughly enjoyed it.
Really enjoyed getting insights into 'The Odyssey', as well as reading about the lovely father/son relationship. So much to like about this book, and the author's style of writing is really unique.
Interesting explanation of Homer’s Odyssey combined with a tale of a father/son journey of discovery. Well worth the read.
Excellent book for fathers and sons.
Very heavy on the Odyssey and literature. By the end of it you feel like you've done a course on the Odyssey.