An Odyssey

An Odyssey

A Father, A Son, and An Epic

Book - 2017
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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
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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Nov 21, 2019

I have read this! Please stop!!!!!!!!

Jul 09, 2019

This is a memoir written by Princeton phD and Bard professor Daniel Mendelsohn. He had always felt somewhat distant from his father, mostly from not seeing much affection nor emotion from the mathematician, but when Mendelsohn taught a class on Homer’s Odyssey, his father audited the class and learned about a son’s journey to equal his father and the father’s reassertion of his identity . After the class ended, the two boarded an Odyssey themed cruise. With increased understanding of his father’s values, Daniel discovered something unexpected — a funny, talkative, adventurous side of the man he had always understood as reticent and rigid.
By switching between examining the epic through the lens of literary criticism and recounting their times together, Mendelsohn shows us that this memoir is not only about the two father-son relationships, but also his own coming-of-age story as he learns to see his father in a different light.
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Dec 26, 2017

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

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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