An Odyssey

An Odyssey

A Father, A Son, and An Epic

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After enrolling in an undergraduate seminar on the Odyssey that his son teaches, Mendelsohn hoped to learn the great literature he'd neglected in his youth. Instead he was presented with an opportunity for a father-and-son philosophical journey, engaging in debates over how to interpret Homer's classic masterpiece. The two then retraced Odysseus' voyages in a Mediterranean journey that helped them overcome long-held secrets, and learn the meaning of home.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780345806215
0345806212
9780385350594
0385350597
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mendelsohn, Jay 1929-2012

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"Presents the story of a father and son's transformative journey in reading in the wake of the father's late-in-life enrollment in his son's undergraduate seminar, where the two engage in debates over how to interpret Homer's classic masterpiece."


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patcarstensen
Dec 26, 2017

He artfully employs many of Homer's literary techniques -- such as ring narratives -- and shows what great teaching is.

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blcwrites
Dec 21, 2017

Profound on so many levels. One of those books (rare these days) when I didn't want it to end and when I couldn't postpone it, felt shaken, inspired, and wanting to read his other books. And then, read this one again. Fathers and sons, kids and parents, the classic of The Odyssey and modern life highlight each other. And if you have read or want to read the Odyssey, this book can be your faithful guide, like Athena.

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