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    1. Beskrivelse

      A timeless and inspiring gift for Father's Day.

      Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Library Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday

      A Kirkus Best Memoir of 2017

      Shortlisted for the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize

      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 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 more fully understand his son, a writer and classicist. But through the sometimes uncomfortable months that 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's famous voyages--it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: 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 triumphant entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration.

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    2. Yderligere info
      Udgivelsesdato:
      12-09-2017
      Sprog:
      Engelsk
      ISBN13:
      9780385350594
      Sidetal:
      256
      Vægt:
      612 g
      Højde:
      30 mm
      Bredde:
      171 mm
      Mærkat:
      Bog, hardback
      Målgruppe:
      For adult education
      Format:
      Hardback
      • Bibliotekernes beskrivelse

        The best-selling author of The Lost 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.

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