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Father and son start in the pages of an epic board a ship to follow the heros path through the mediterranean and finally end where all our stories do an odyssey melds genius level lit crit with gut level moving memoir beautiful and wise mary karr. An odyssey a father a son and an epic is an immensely satisfying and deeply moving memoir of a sons search for his father the author daniel mendelsohn is a classics professor at bard college in new york in the spring semester 2011 mendelsohns 81 year old father jay a retired research scientist and mathematics professor asked to audit his undergraduate semester on the odyssey. What this means is that mendelssohn has not only weaved a story about fathers and sons into a book on the odyssey but has actually written an odyssey of his own in this same interweaving the degree of care and meticulousness this craft demanded must have been immense in short this is not just a literary commentary nor is it just a memoir. O an odyssey a father a son and an epic by daniel mendelsohn is published by william collins 1899 to order a copy for 1614 go to guardianbookshopcom or call 0330 333 6846 free uk pp. Mendelsohns an odyssey is a satisfying venture into how a classic epic poem mirrors some of the issues that every son confronts in learning about his father i enjoyed the class of students analyzing homers work but i found real meaning in the uncovering of things about the authors father that he had not known before