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    An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic – Daniel Mendelsohn (review)

    “The plot of the Odyssey is not long in the telling. A man has been away from home for many years. Poseidon is always on the watch for him; he is all alone. As for the situation at home, his goods are being laid waste by the Suitors, who plot against his son. After a storm-tossed journey, he returns home, where he reveals himself, destroys his enemies, and is saved.” (Aristotle, Poetics) 81-year-old retired research scientist, Jay Mendelsohn asks his son Daniel if he can sign up for his undergraduate seminar on The Odyssey. Daniel, who teaches at Bard College,…

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