An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic

9780007545124: An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic

From the best-selling author of 'The Lost', a moving memoir about a father, a son and the lessons of a lifetime. An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic twines an ongoing reading of the most popular and beloved works of literature, Homer's Odyssey - with its irresistible tales of travel and adventure, and its eternal themes of transformed identities and climactic recognitions-around a personal journey of modern family life. This intimate narrative is a father-son story: an account of a year-long reading of the poem that Mendelsohn undertakes with his ailing father, first in the classroom, then on their travels around the Mediterranean in the footsteps of Odysseus. How the ancient tale effects its own unexpected recognitions and transformations in the relationship between father and son, and eventually, in the enduring questions that they faced once he fell ill and began to die, becomes a moving adventure of both the real and the metaphorical. Exploring the old poem, about long journeys and long marriages and long estrangements and about wanting to go home, An Odyssey illuminates some remarkable and unexpected similarities between the past of our forefathers and the present of our own fathers.

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Daniel Mendelsohn was born on Long Island in 1960 and educated at the University of Virginia and at Princeton. His reviews and essays on literary and cultural subjects appear frequently in The New Yorker. His many books include the international best-seller 'The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million'.

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