An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic : Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2017

Description

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2017 From the award-winning, best-selling writer: 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 retired scientist Jay unexpectedly enrols in his estranged classicist son Daniel's course on the Odyssey, the journey of a lifetime commences. Professor and student glean life lessons from the page over a semester and, that summer, son and father take to the sea to follow Odysseus's epic trail. Reading Homer becomes their chance to understand each other before it's too late. Theirs is a moving and erudite story of filial love and the importance of the classics. Rich with literary and emotional insight and weaving themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel and the meaning of home, this is memoir writing at its finest.

Details

Author(s)
Daniel Mendelsohn
Format
Paperback | 320 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 20mm | 80g
Publication date
31 May 2018
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint
William Collins
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0007545134
ISBN13
9780007545131
Bestsellers rank
16,399