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An Odyssey

Daniel Mendelsohn / Bronson Pinchot
From the award-winning best-selling writer: a deeply moving tale of a father and son’s transformative journey in reading - and reliving - Homer’s epic masterpiece.‘My favourite classicist once again combines meticulous literary investigation with warm and wrenching human emotion - books like these are why I love reading’ LEE CHILDWhen eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enrol in the undergraduate seminar on the Odyssey that his son Daniel 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 mathematician’s unforgiving eyes this return to the classroom is his one last chance’ to learn about the great literature he’d neglected in his youth and even more a final opportunity to understand his son.But through the sometimes-uncomfortable months that follow as the two men explore Homer’s great work together first in the classroom where Jay persistently challenges his son’s interpretations and then during a surprise-filled Mediterranean journey retracing Odysseus’ legendary voyages it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn too: for Jay’s 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 Mendelsohn’s 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-scholar’s most revelatory entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration.

  • Published by HarperCollins UK
  • Fiction/Non-FictionNon Fiction
  • Genre Autobiography
  • Target Audience Adult
  • Released 7th September 2017
  • Duration 10 Hrs. 36 Mins.
  • ISBN 9780008280321