An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn

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

From award-winning memoirist and critic, and bestselling author of The Lost: 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 enroll in the undergraduate Odyssey seminar his son teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundl...

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  • Melora
    Well, now I'm ready for a reread of The Odyssey! Mendelsohn's book, which successfully combines the genres of family memoir and literary criticism, is wonderfully engaging. Mendelsohn, a writer and professor of Classics at Bard College in New York, uses the story of how his father sat in on his â€...
  • Paul
    Mendelsohn has been passionate about the classics, so much so that it is he teaches it at Bard College. One year his eighty-one-year-old father, Jay, decides that he will sign up and join the young people learning about this epic tale for the first time. Jay is a retired research scientist who was a...
  • Emma
    I can't imagine that classics professor, Daniel Mendelsohn, imagined having his father join his class on Homer's Odyssey would have had quite the impact it did, on him, his students, or on those of us reading this memoir/lit crit. Tackling and untangling the themes of the classic poem, especially th...
  • Rebecca
    In the spring term of 2011, 81-year-old Jay Mendelsohn, a retired mathematician, sat in on his son’s Bard College undergraduate seminar on Homer’s Odyssey. They subsequently went on a “Retracing the Odyssey” cruise together. Again and again, epics like the Odyssey lend not just t...
  • Tamara Agha-Jaffar
    An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn is a combination of literary criticism of Homer’s Odyssey, a family memoir, and a travelogue. This is a unique and fascinating combination that Mendelsohn skillfully weaves together by transitioning seamlessly from one genre to anoth...
  • Lyn Elliott
    I read this five months ago as part of my preparation for an exciting group read of Emily Wilson’s new translation of The Odyssey.As so often happens with books I deeply appreciate, I mean to re-read, take detailed notes and then write a considered review. And then, as also often happens, my re...
  • Ken
    Not THE Odyssey, but rather AN Odyssey, wrapped around THE Odyssey because the protagonist, Professor Daniel Mendelsohn, teaches a seminar on THE... (oh, you get the idea) and his 80-something year old father sits in on the class to play irascible golden guy.It's an odd pairing of lit crit on Homer ...
  • Elaine
    I simply loved this book, and Bronson Pinchot's narration was gentle and perfect. I am a former literature major who woke up to the joys of scholarship while studying the Odyssey in freshman seminar, I am going to Greece for the first time this summer with my late-70s parents, and like Mendelsohn, m...
  • Davide
    «Non puoi metterti a scrivere niente finché non hai letto tutto»Un libro sul rapporto padre-figlio? Un libro sull'insegnamento dell'Odissea? Un libro sull'insegnamento? Un libro sui rapporti?Al corso di Lettere classiche 125, dedicato all’Odissea di Omero, al Bard College, partecipa in...

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