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An odyssey, Daniel Mendelsohn

Label
An odyssey
Title
An odyssey
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Mendelsohn
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 deeply 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
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam
Dewey number
370.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
CT275.M46919
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam
  • Mendelsohn, Jay
  • Homer
  • College teachers
  • Scientists
  • Fathers and sons
Label
An odyssey, Daniel Mendelsohn
Link
https://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=100087&titleID=3217123
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Available to Vancouver Residents only
  • Residents of other municipalities should check their local library
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780771057434
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
7AF149D6-8F16-4F28-94E8-7C111FCD6DBB
System control number
  • 5628580
  • ocn985965283
  • (OCoLC)985965283
Label
An odyssey, Daniel Mendelsohn
Link
https://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=100087&titleID=3217123
Publication
Note
  • Available to Vancouver Residents only
  • Residents of other municipalities should check their local library
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780771057434
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
7AF149D6-8F16-4F28-94E8-7C111FCD6DBB
System control number
  • 5628580
  • ocn985965283
  • (OCoLC)985965283

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