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No Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey Through The Odyssey Free read Ä 0 ò When NPR contributor Scott Huler made one 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 EverymaOus adventure as well as the opportunity to assess the man he had become and embrace the imminent arrival of both middle age and parenthoodBut 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 monthsHuler 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 live. I've been a real fan of the historical footsteps genre lately and this one is pretty good I've never read The Odyssey myself although the teacher in my reuired Jr High Latin class would read parts to us at the end if class if we behaved; being mostly nerds we loved the soap opera aspect of itHuler deserves great credit for planning a trip based on a travel story where the exact locations of events are uncertain I thought his analysis of the plotpoints with modern parallels uite funny but I'm now curious to hear how non North Americans find it; I detected a New Jersey accent in his delivery and the cultural references are almost entirely American Gilligan's Island etc Definitely recommended

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S 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 From the Hardcover editio. This book is part travlogue part literary analysis No one was glad than I when Scott Huler concluded his tracings of Odysseus' journey as I had tired of his whinning about missing his wife All in all the book does have some merit His background information retelling of Odysseus' adventures and analysis of Odysseus would be valuable to the student of any age I could see this being read in conjuction with a study of The Odyssey if it were assigned in parts or as a review for the older student It does not necessarily have to be read word for word to be enjoyed

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No Man's Lands One Man's Odyssey Through The OdysseyWhen NPR contributor Scott Huler made one 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 vicari. The author dragged reluctantly into reading Joyce’s Ulysses discovers that despite what he'd remembered he has never read the Homeric epic which inspired itOnce he begins to finally read the tale he's fascinated and eventually embarks on a trip across Turkey Greece and Italy in the possible footsteps of the probably mythological hero – while his wife at home waits for him pregnant with her first baby The parallelism is appealing and Huler milks it for all it's worth noting how the gods play games with his plans just as they did with Odysseus and he’s tempted by a flight attendant on Malta just like Odysseus with Calypso and he gets homesick too just like Odysseus He takes it a bit far making sure to carefully match an Important Life Lesson to every leg of the travel a lesson that both he and Odysseus learned But it's a fun and informative read The travel writing is nice enough but Huler excels at explaining the episodes in Odysseus' story framing them in context of the character’s life and making his decisions seem eminently reasonable whether he's ignoring his crew to boast to the Cyclops or hiding his identity from his wife Armed with helpful comments from classics professors and centuries of exegesis from the learned to the crackpot Huler is a very companionable knowledgeable guide to Odysseus’ world