Daniel Mendelsohn’s An odyssey

This book came with very high praise from Maureen Corrigan at NPR:

This past summer, I made time to catch up on a book I’d missed when it was published two years ago. Ever since, I’ve been telling friends, students and random strangers on a train that they must read Daniel Mendelsohn’s memoir called An Odyssey. In it, he recalls teaching a seminar on Homer’s Odyssey that his then 81-year-old father sat in on as an auditor.

An Odyssey is the best account of what teaching is really like that I’ve ever read; it’s also (like Homer’s epic) a spell-binding story about the tenderness of a father-son bond, as well as the inevitable limits that one’s own personality and mortality impose on that bond.

It indeed is a great book about teaching, about Homer, about odyssey, and about father-son bond. Strongly recommended!!

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