Daniel Mendelsohn | An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and An Epic
Where: The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park S.
212-475-3424 Price: Free
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Book reading and signing, followed by a wine reception
When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn enrolls in the undergraduate Odyssey seminar his son Daniel teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual. For Jay, a retired scientist, 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. Over the course of this masterful memoir, as the two men explore Homer’s work together, it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: Jay’s responses to The Odyssey gradually uncover long-buried secrets that allow the son to understand his difficult father at last.
Best-selling author Daniel Mendelsohn (The Lost) is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and An Epic was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Library Journal, and Newsday.Buy tickets/get more info now