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I believe this was written FOR ME, and I believe you will feel the same. Not only is it about the teaching college freshmen the story of the Odyssey, it is about the authors' discovery of the universality of family strife and love. It is cunningly written in the same ring composition that Homer uses to write The Odyssey. The whole book is a circle, even the similarities between his father, Jay, himself, even his wife and other relatives. We don't learn much about Dan's sons, but I am sure he could write circles around them too!! I love the slow reveals, the apparent diversions and easy return to the story at hand. There are stories within stories, AND sentences within sentences. It's easily readable. It's almost like a Proem itself. Read this book before taking the class.... **everything** is in it and prepares your reading mind to understand it.
For me, it's a lesson in fiction composition, narration, and structure. I love the language lessons, the breakdown As for the Odyssey, I feel like I gathered enough facts to survive a trivia game if some basic facts of the Odyssey were included. LOL.
At any rate, it's worth your time. I purchased the Kindle edition just to keep up with the words. You can read it at the surface or you can dissect it and discover its application to your own life.
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Am I the only old Bardian out there who buys this book to imagine themselves back in a freshman seminar? Probably not. But even if you are not an old Bardian, even if you have only a passing interest in the topics mentioned in the subtitle, you'll find yourself drawn in by the author, his family, his study of the classics, his circling, his discussion of the Odyssey, and his relationships with students. I had expected to enjoy the book, but I had not expected to become so entangled. It is a delight.
I should also mention that the narration by Bronson Pinchot is beautifully done. I had to keep reminding myself that this was not the author reading.