An Odyssey
A Father, A Son and an Epic
(Hardcover)

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2017

SHORTLISTED FOR THE LONDON HELLENIC PRIZE 2017

WINNER OF THE PRIX MÉDITERRANÉE 2018

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.

When 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 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 Daniel 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 writer’s most revelatory entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration.

AuthorDaniel Mendelsohn
BindingHardcover
EAN9780007545124
FormatImport
ISBN0007545126
Height945 mm
Length626 mm
Width122 mm
Weight100 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
MPN21658733
Number Of Pages304
Part Number21658733
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2017-09-07
PublisherWilliam Collins
StudioWilliam Collins
Sales Rank17277

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