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 examining – 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 collage, the 2 locate themselves on an event as profoundly emotional because it is highbrow. For Jay, a retired study scientist who sees the realm via a mathematician’s unforgiving eyes, this go back to the school room is his ‘one final probability’ to profit concerning the nice literature he’d overlooked in his early life – and, much more, a last chance to appreciate his son.
But throughout the sometimes-uncomfortable months that stick with, because the males discover Homer’s nice interact – first within the lecture room, the place Jay repeatedly 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 benefit, too: for Jay’s responses to either the textual content and the travels steadily discover long-buried secrets and techniques that let the son to appreciate his tricky father eventually. As this intricately woven memoir builds to its wrenching climax, Mendelsohn’s narrative involves echo The Odyssey itself, with its undying subject matters of deception and popularity, marriage and kids, 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 so much revelatory entwining but of non-public narrative and literary exploration.
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