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En odyssé : en far, en son och ett epos (original 2017; edition 2022)

by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn (Author)

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"When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate seminar on the Odyssey that 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 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. But through the sometimes uncomfortable months that follow, as 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' legendary voyages-it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: for 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 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 revelatory entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration."--Jacket.… (more)
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Title:En odyssé : en far, en son och ett epos
Authors:Daniel Adam Mendelsohn (Author)
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An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn (2017)

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While Mendelsohn is obviously a fine writer and knowledgeable on Homer, I found the premise of this story a little too forced and too personal for my liking.

In this story Mendelsohn relates the year his retired father joined his seminar on Homer’s Odyssey, the journey in the father-son classic paralleling a journey this father and son have toward their own reconciliation.

Mendelsohn then takes his father on a cruise in the Mediterranean themed on the Odyssey.

He skips back and forth — quite skillfully in my opinion — between the seminar, his own real family events, the cruise, and some sleuthing the author does to fill in questions left unanswered about his father.

But he never really makes me feel “one of the family.”
He’s just a little too cold and calculating.

One of the sub-themes not fully explored in the book is how Mendelsohn himself traverses homosexuality to eventually become a father himself of two boys. But by the time I’ve learned more than I wanted to know about his father, I’m afraid I don’t want to know any more.

I can empathize with the desire, however, to better understand one’s father. In some unsavoury ways we try to compete with the past. And it can lead to some unhappy endings.

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  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this book. It was beautifully written, thought provoking and sweet. Lucky are the students who get to take Mr. Mendelsohn’s classes! ( )
  ellink | Jan 22, 2024 |
This scholarly book that compares the Greek poem “Odyssey” with the relationship the memoirist Daniel Mendelsohn had with his father. Much of the references to The Odyssey ramble and become repetitive. The mystery about why Daniel’s father Jay is emotionless provides some compelling reasons to finish the book. The author’s gayness enters into the book periodically. There are some references to the father understanding his son’s sexuality. When Daniel declares his homosexuality to his parents the father says to the mom, “Let me handle this I know something about it.” Another centerpiece of the “mystery” tells this story of Jay’s brother Bobby who has polio. The Greek cruise that Jay and Daniel take provides the heart of the book. But overall the lengthy analysis of The Odyssey weakens the writing. ( )
  GordonPrescottWiener | Aug 24, 2023 |
Primeiro, esse livro me despertou curiosidade, depois, me aborreceu, se arrastou, massou no prólogo, parecia não ir para um lugar, nem outro; então… então… me fez rir, me encantou, me prendeu, e, perto do fim, num episódio da vida real de um anagnorisis aristotélico, me arrepiou da cabeça aos pés…

Num misto de autoficção/ensaio pessoal, acompanhamos, pelas palavras do próprio, o curso completo do Professor Daniel Mendelsohn"Classics 125: The Odyssey" que ocorreu alguns meses antes deste livro ter sido colocado no papel. Completo apenas no quesito de extensão, mas em tudo que envolve um curso acadêmico: criticismo inteligente, leitura, tradução e contextualização direto grego, toda uma questão pedagógica e relacional: as opiniões dos alunos em confronto com o Professor, a tentativa falha de colocá-los nos trilhos, a interpretação de séculos em embate com as opiniões dos alunos, a tentativa - que será muito significativa - do Professor de iluminar certos aspectos da Odisséia que torna Homero ainda nosso contempoeraneo, e mais. No entanto, o melhor do curso se dá na partipação do Sr. Mendelsohn, o pai idoso do Professor, que com oitenta anos, um matématico que decide por fim ler a Odisséia, e se inscreve no curso do filho e se presta a participar ativamente das discussões.

O melhor de tudo: ele odeia o Odisseu; e suas opiniões ácidas, fortes, vão cada vez ficando mais deleitosas conforme o conhecemos melhor, e não é surpresa que os alunos o adorem.

Mas é claro, o livro não é só isso. O Daniel faz essa rememoração do Curso que seu pai participou para mergulhar de verdade no passado: desvelando lentamente esse personagem único, interessantíssimo, e a relação pai e filho: a Odisseia se dissolvendo e se misturando com a vida de todos os pais e de todos os filhos; principalmente na vida desses dois.

A escrita é quase fria, ele arrisca muitas símiles, numa imitação do Homero, algumas dão certo, a maioria não; o ponto é que esse estilo, quase pedagógico, funciona bastante que bem quando vamos então, para as aulas, aprende-se muito sobre a Odisseia, sobre o Grego antigo, sobre como foi composta, mas é preciso saber que não é a linguagem que de alguma forma alavanca o livro, a narrativa e a autobiografia quasi-ficcionalizada é o que o sustentam.

Fica sempre aquela pergunta quando vai se falar de literatura clássica, ou mesmo da literatura como um todo: "para que serve?" E apesar de não tocar acho que nenhuma vez nesse assunto, a obra do Daniel, por si só, a responder essa pergunta. Por que ler a Odisseia? Bem, pela sua beleza, pela sua dimensão psicológica, pela inteligência do Homero, e por continuar contemporânea após praticamente quatro mil anos. E ele prova isso, em episódios da vida dele e de seu pai que acontecem logo após o Curso e o Cruzeiro que fazem retraçando a Odisseia, que são extremamente impactantes, e remetem diretamente à obra do Homero.

E cada parte da Odisseia, como perceberemos ao longo desse pequeno vislumbre na vida dos Mendelsohns, é real, é palpável: a Telemaquia (Educação), a Paideusis (Pais e Filhos), a Homophrosynê (Maridos e Mulheres; melhor, o encaixe entre Maridos e Mulheres), o Apologoi (as aventuras), o Nostos (o retorno para casa), Anagnorisis (o Reconhecimento), e enfim, Sêma (Sinal) que grego, não por coincidência, também significa "túmulo" ou "tumba".

Em conclusão, se você enfrentar um leve arraste, de uma introdução ligeiramente maçante, você será recompensado; de um lado, por ser apresentado de uma maneira bastante receptiva à Odisseia do Homero, do outro, pelo impacto da história, da biografia, da narrativa, chame como quiser, do Daniel Mendelsohn e de seu pai, entrelaçados pela Odisséia, e entreleçados pelo mistério de um filho nunca, em sua totalidade, conhecer o seu pai. Impactante, revelador e crítico; grande livro. ( )
  RolandoSMedeiros | Aug 1, 2023 |
Book Club Cuando a sus 81 años, el viejo Jay Mendelsohn decide inscribirse en el seminario sobre La Odisea que imparte su hijo en la universidad, no se imaginaba la aventura emocional e intelectual en la que ambos estaban a punto de embarcarse. Para Jay, un científico jubilado que veía el mundo con los ojos de un rígido matemático, la vuelta a las aulas supuso su última oportunidad para conocer uno de los grandes clásicos de la literatura que siempre se le había resistido, pero, sobre todo, la última oportunidad para entender a su hijo, prestigioso escritor, amante de los clásicos y homosexual.
  fewbach | Feb 13, 2023 |
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There have been plenty of gimmicky books about returning to the classics and unearthing the contemporary implications and timeless wisdom therein. This sharply intelligent and deeply felt work operates on an entirely different level—several of them, in fact. A frequent contributor to the New Yorker and New York Times Book Review and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, Mendelsohn (Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture, 2012, etc.) is also a classics scholar who teaches a seminar on The Odyssey at Bard College.
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One January evening a few years ago, just before the beginning of the spring term in which I was going to be teaching an undergraduate seminar on the Odyssey, my father, a retired research scientist who was then aged eighty-one, asked me, for reasons I thought I understood at the time, if he might sit in on the course, and I said yes.
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"Non ho mai visto tante x al di fuori di un'equazione di secondo grado", esclamò mentre scrutava un cartello a una fermata dell'autobus a Malta.
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Guardai le nostre mani intrecciate e scoprii con stupore che mi facevano sentire meglio. Mentre mi guardavo intorno per vedere se qualcuno ci stava osservando, mi resi conto, con un ambiguo senso di sollievo, che chiunque ci avesse visto avrebbe pensato che ero io a condurre per mano mio padre.
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"When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate seminar on the Odyssey that 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 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. But through the sometimes uncomfortable months that follow, as 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' legendary voyages-it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: for 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 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 revelatory entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration."--Jacket.

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