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€...
  • Jill Meyer
    Daniel Mendelsohn, a Classics professor at Bard College, has written "An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic", a book, a memoir, almost a dissertation on what seem to be two of his favorite subjects, family and classical literature. An earlier book, "The Lost: The Search for Six of the Six Million...
  • Mike
    As the subtitle suggests, this book is firstly about a particular father and son, Daniel Mendelsohn himself, and his 81-year-old ‘Daddy’, Jay. But it’s also about other father/son relationships including the fathers and sons at the heart of the Odyssey. That extraordinary book has sur...
  • Jon Stout
    As a Classics professor, Daniel Mendelsohn taught a course on Homer’s Odyssey, and he invited his aging father to sit in on the course.  In his book, he took the opportunity to examine his own relationship with his father at the same time as he was discussing his students’ reaction to t...
  • Jennifer Louden
    This is a brilliant, moving, cleverly - impeccably really - structured memoir. Please read this book....
  • Tuck
    My favorite literary reviewer , that is Berger and john Leonard are dead and James wood is too cold blooded , so Mendelsohn it is. This memoir of author and his old father in their last times together, Daniel teaching class on odyssey, dad taking class, then dad and son going on an educational odyss...
  • 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...
  • Camille
    What a beautiful book! Not your typical memoir, lit crit, or travel piece--but a remarkable, complex, gorgeously written mash-up of all three genres that left me feeling immense gratitude to the author. Read this book!...
  • Robert Case
    I listened to "An Odyssey" while journeying home from a family holiday gathering. It was the ideal companion to my own 2-day road trip. On its face the book presents a detailed review of the archetypal hero's journey, told from the perspective of an aging Classics professor conducting a seminar with...

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