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An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic
An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic | Daniel Mendelsohn
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From the best-selling author of The Lost, a deeply moving tale of a father, a son and the lessons of a lifetime told through a transformative journey in reading and reliving Homers epic masterpiece.
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KimHM
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ALL the ⭐️s and ALL the 💡!!!

This may be the best memoir I‘ve ever read. The person and his work and his subjects are so perfectly integrated one feels upon reading that one has walked and read and loved and grieved beside him. And I‘m going to give the Odyssey and the Iliad another go.

Graywacke I have this on the shelf. Intimated by the size, but like your comments here 7mo
KimHM @Graywacke I read my e-version in three and a half days, in between teaching and yoga and regular life. It is soooo engaging it doesn‘t feel at all intimidating. And I‘ve downloaded two more of his books bc he is so, well, inspiring (a word I almost never use 😄)! 7mo
Graywacke @KimHM that‘s nice to know. I‘m a terribly slow reader, but still that sounds more doable than I expected. 7mo
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KimHM
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“a heroism of survival” 📚❤️💙📚💚📚

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KimHM
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”Greek‘s vast vocabulary of pain” !!!!

I‘m a third of the way through this combination memoir/exegesis and it‘s like hanging out with a very cool, very smart Classics prof (which, of course, is what Mendelssohn is 😍). Def making me want to give Homer another go 😍

Abailliekaras Oh I‘m dying to read this! A good reminder (it‘s in my shelves at home) - thank you! 📚 8mo
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JLaurenceCohen

Mendelsohn's memoir imitates Homeric narrative itself through "ring composition," a technique of layered storytelling which circles back to earlier events to contextualize the matter at hand.

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JLaurenceCohen

Mendelsohn writes in beautifully clear prose. He conveys tremendous knowledge alongside personal experience in a deeply satisfying way.

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JLaurenceCohen

Just picked this up and it looks intriguing.

Dogearedcopy In the Oct. 8, 2018 issue of The New Yorker, Daniel Mendelsohn‘s article, “Books: Epic Fail?” bridges his first memoir, ‘Lost‘ with the Homeric epic sagas. Looks like it would be a great prelude of sorts to this book! 11mo
JLaurenceCohen @Dogearedcopy ooh, I'll have to check that out 11mo
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beaconhillbooks
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Unintentional impeccable timing with Father‘s Day. This is a book that should not be missed.

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beaconhillbooks
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#currentlyreading Mendelsohn writes about his journey with his father following Odysseus‘ journey.

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kspenmoll
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#Giveaway #Congrats #ThankYou
Congrats @BookaholicNatty ! 25k! 🎉🎉🎉🎉
Thanks for this amazing #giveaway!
Books I chose:
📚The Odyssey( Emily Wilson edition) #blameitonLitsy
📚an Odyssey: A Father, Son and An Epic
Soon to be reading Homer with 9th grade so on my mind...
📚Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Listen to Women‘s Pain
📚 @Lacythebookworm @ValerieAndBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @RealLifeReading @Suet624

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This book was not long but it was very dense. I liked the parts about his father a lot. The relationship there was interesting. The parts about the odyssey (the epic) were less so to me. I saw the parallels the author was drawing, but I did not need a line for line repetition of the class he taught.

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BookishMarginalia
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A lovely memoir about the relationship between the author and his dad, as mediated by Homer‘s The Odyssey. As much about reading and teaching and learning and striving as it is about marriage and filial relationships and the utter impossibility of ever completely knowing those we love. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MargoCatts I‘m thrilled to see this. I read, marked, and saved his New Yorker article, and the idea of it in full book form has me all 😍. Added, and will read with pencil in hand! 2y
kspenmoll Gave this to my co-teacher as we teach the Odyssey; she wants me to read it when she is finished. Love your review! 2y
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noonski
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Tuesday, 9/12/2017, was an exciting mail day at our house. Much happy dancing ensued.

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jenniferw88
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Yeah_I_Read I can't wait for the new James McBride!! 2y
ChasingOm Oof, I have a few of these on NetGalley; need to get on that! 2y
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