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No-Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey through the Odyssey

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When NPR contributor Scott Huler made one more attempt to get through James Joyce’s Ulysses, he had no idea it would launch an obsession with the book’s inspiration: the ancient Greek epic The Odyssey and the lonely homebound journey of its Everyman hero, Odysseus.No-Man’s Lands is Huler’s funny and touching exploration of the life lessons embedded within The Odyssey, a legendary tale of wandering and longing that could be read as a veritable guidebook for middle-aged men everywhere. At age forty-four, with his first child on the way, Huler felt an instant bond with Odysseus, who fought for some twenty years against formidable difficulties to return home to his beloved wife and son. In reading The Odyssey, Huler saw the chance to experience a great vicarious adventure as well as the opportunity to assess the man he had become and embrace the imminent arrival of both middle age and parenthood.But Huler realized that it wasn’t enough to simply read the words on the page—he needed to live Odysseus’s odyssey, to visit the exotic destinations that make Homer’s story so timeless. And so an ambitious pilgrimage was born . . . traveling the entire length of Odysseus’s two-decade journey. In six months.Huler doggedly retraced Odysseus’s every step, from the ancient ruins of Troy to his ultimate destination in Ithaca. On the way, he discovers the Cyclops’s Sicilian cave, visits the land of the dead in Italy, ponders the lotus from a Tunisian resort, and paddles a rented kayak between Scylla and Charybdis and lives to tell the tale. He writes of how and why the lessons of The Odyssey—the perils of ambition, the emptiness of glory, the value of love and family—continue to resonate so deeply with readers thousands of years later. And as he finally closes in on Odysseus’s final destination, he learns to fully appreciate what Homer has been saying all along: the greatest adventures of all are the ones that bring us home to those we love. Part travelogue, part memoir, and part critical reading of the greatest adventure epic ever written, No-Man’s Lands is an extraordinary description of two journeys—one ancient, one contemporary—and reveals what The Odyssey can teach us about being better bosses, better teachers, better parents, and better people.

Synopsis:

The author of Defining the Wind details his efforts to retrace the footsteps of Odysseus from Troy to Ithaca as recorded in Homer's great epic The Odyssey, following the Greek hero on his journey around the Mediterranean to discover why this ancient tale has continued to resonate with Western readers for millennia. 35,000 first printing.

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SCOTT HULER is the author of three books, including the acclaimed Defining the Wind. He is a frequent NPR contributor and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, the writer June Spence, and their son.

Table of Contents

"No greater claim to our credence" : on the isle of the nymph Calypso — Something to say for yourself, or, Among the oar-loving Phaeacians — Troy, backstory capital of the world — Losing to the twelfth seed : surprised by the Cicones — Acropolis now : Athens and other places actually on the map — A drink with an umbrella in it : the honeyed fruit of the lotus — Where no-man has gone before : in the cyclops' cave — "Help! I need somebody!" : the hospitality of the Wind King — Run away! run away! : catastrophe in the land of the Laestrygonians — Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered : in the neighborhood of Circe — Regarding the journey to hell, and how upon arriving there I found it closed — Hold me back! : the island of the Sirens — The truth about consequences : the choice between Scylla and Charybdis — Everyone loves a hero : the cattle of the sun — Among the Phaeacians, II : Corfu and the journey by night — What these Ithakas mean — Home at last : Penelope and Odysseus.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307409782
Subtitle:
One Man's Odyssey through the Odyssey
Publisher:
Crown
Author:
Huler, Scott
Author:
Scott Huler
Subject:
Travel : Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Literary Criticism : Ancient and Classical
Subject:
History : Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Odysseus (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Literary landmarks
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Homer
Subject:
Mediterranean Region Description and travel.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080311
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
286

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling
Travel » Europe » General
Travel » Europe » Greece and Greek Isles
Travel » General
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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Product details 286 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307409782 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author of Defining the Wind details his efforts to retrace the footsteps of Odysseus from Troy to Ithaca as recorded in Homer's great epic The Odyssey, following the Greek hero on his journey around the Mediterranean to discover why this ancient tale has continued to resonate with Western readers for millennia. 35,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , SCOTT HULER is the author of three books, including the acclaimed Defining the Wind. He is a frequent NPR contributor and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, the writer June Spence, and their son.
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