Father’s Day Reading – A Father’s Final Odyssey

As Father’s Day approaches you’ll find many stories from daughters, sons about their fathers and how they have affected their lives. If I were to recommend one story for you to read it be “A Father’s Final Odyssey” by Daniel Mendelsohn of the New Yorker.

This delightful, personal essay tells the story of how Mendelsohn’s father joined his literary class (which he taught) about Homer’s Oddessy and their eventual cruise trip to Greece, visiting the famous sites from the epic. Along the way their relationship is explored, tested and strengthened while the meaning of “hero” and Odysseus fit for it is probed.

Overall it’s an impressively humorous and touching peace that is well worth your time.


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