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An odyssey : a father, a son and an epic, Daniel Mendelsohn

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An odyssey : a father, a son and an epic
Title
An odyssey
Title remainder
a father, a son and an epic
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Mendelsohn
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Language
eng
Summary
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 about 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 son 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 author-scholar's most revelatory entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration
Summary
Presents the story of a father and son's transformative shared journey in reading in the wake of the father's late-in-life enrollment in his son's undergraduate seminar, where the two engaged in debates over how to interpret Homer's classic masterpiece
Tone
Writing style
Award
Library Journal Best Books, 2017.
Biography type
autobiography
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10576556
Cataloging source
YDXCP
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1960-
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Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam
Dewey number
883.01
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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1929-2012
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Mendelsohn, Jay
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True
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  • Homer
  • Odysseus
  • Mendelsohn, Jay
  • Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam
  • Odysseus
  • Epic poetry, Greek
  • Fathers and sons
  • Fathers
  • Homer. Odyssey
Target audience
adult
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a father, a son, and an epic
Label
An odyssey : a father, a son and an epic, Daniel Mendelsohn
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Copyright
Note
First published in Great Britai by William Collins in 2017. First published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, in 2017
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000062908079
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
William Collins paperback edition.
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9780007545131
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)956395502
Label
An odyssey : a father, a son and an epic, Daniel Mendelsohn
Publication
Copyright
Note
First published in Great Britai by William Collins in 2017. First published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, in 2017
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000062908079
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
William Collins paperback edition.
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9780007545131
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)956395502

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