An Odyssey. A Father, A Son And An Epic

Mendelsohn Daniel

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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: As New
Publisher: Wiliam Collins
Publisher Place: London
Publisher Year: 2017
Edition: First Edition

Description: 306 pages. Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in As new condition throughout.

Publishers Description: From award-winning memoirist and critic, and bestselling author of The Lost: a deeply moving tale of a father and sons transformative journey in reading--and reliving--Homers epic masterpiece. When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate Odyssey seminar his son teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual. For Jay, a retired research scientist who sees the world through a mathematicians unforgiving eyes, this return to the classroom is his "one last chance" to learn the great literature hed neglected in his youth--and, even more, a final opportunity to more fully understand his son, a writer and classicist. But through the sometimes uncomfortable months that the two men explore Homers great work together--first in the classroom, where Jay persistently challenges his sons interpretations, and then during a surprise-filled Mediterranean journey retracing Odysseuss famous voyages--it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: Jays responses to both the text and the travels gradually uncover long-buried secrets that allow the son to understand his difficult father at last. As this intricately woven memoir builds to its wrenching climax, Mendelsohns narrative comes to echo the Odyssey itself, with its timeless themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel and the meaning of home. Rich with literary and emotional insight, An Odyssey is a renowned author-scholars most triumphant entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration.

ISBN: 9780007545124

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