By Daniel Mendelsohn
From the best-selling writer of The Lost, a deeply relocating story of a father, a son and the teachings of a life-time informed via a transformative trip in analyzing – and reliving – Homer’s epic masterpiece.
When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn comes to a decision to enrol within the undergraduate seminar at the Odyssey that his son Daniel teaches at Bard university, the 2 locate themselves on an experience as profoundly emotional because it is highbrow. For Jay, a retired study scientist who sees the area via a mathematician’s unforgiving eyes, this go back to the study room is his ‘one final probability’ to benefit in regards to the nice literature he’d overlooked in his early life – and, much more, a last chance to appreciate his son.
But during the sometimes-uncomfortable months that keep on with, because the males discover Homer’s nice interact – first within the lecture room, the place Jay again and again demanding situations his son’s interpretations, after which in the course of a surprise-filled Mediterranean trip retracing Odysseus’ mythical voyages – it turns into transparent that Daniel has a lot to profit, too: for Jay’s responses to either the textual content and the travels progressively discover long-buried secrets and techniques that let the son to appreciate his tough father eventually. As this intricately woven memoir builds to its wrenching climax, Mendelsohn’s narrative involves echo The Odyssey itself, with its undying topics of deception and popularity, marriage and youngsters, the pleasures of shuttle and the that means of home.
Rich with literary and emotional perception, An Odyssey is a well known author-scholar’s such a lot revelatory entwining but of private narrative and literary exploration.
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An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn