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Harry Mount's Odyssey: Ancient Greece in the Footsteps of Odysseus Hardcover – 16 Jul 2015
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The book is packed with such goodies ... As he picks his way among the ruins, brooding on the past - his own, and that of Greece - the author remains essentially English ... Equally, at times, Harry Mount has an air of being the living embodiment of the study of classics itself: noble, solitary, uneasily beleaguered, and sporting a slightly silly hat (Spectator)
Mount is honey-tongued, and this journey is ... fantastically entertaining (The Times)
An exploration of the diverse ways in which ancient Greek culture still runs in our veins, influences our thinking and governs our world view. (Michael C. Scott Times Literary Supplement)
[An] enjoyable and informative book ... fact and fiction can, as in the Bible, merge to create a heady mixture, which inspires and instructs. Cruise this book, and find the flavour of it (The Oldie)
One of the most compelling writers of his generation. (A.N.Wilson Evening Standard - Books of the Year 2015)
A minor masterpiece of self-deprecation (Nicholas Lezard Guardian)
Harry Mount's Odyssey: Ancient Greece in the Footsteps of Odysseus is a journey round Greece inspired by the heroes, locations and tales of the Odyssey and tracing ancient Greek civilization at its heightSee all Product description
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The author shares his fear that what he tells us about the break-up with his partner will be self-pitying, but these bits are tightly controlled and, I admit, rather wonderful.
Guilty confession - my lack of expertise in the Classics is shameful, something I am now determined to put right, and in doing so, I begin an odyssey of my own.
In conclusion I would say that despite its many shortcomings the book is an interesting read on several levels and I heartily recommend it. However, historians and archaeologists be warned, the book is not a scholarly piece of work and the author doesn't claim it to be so. It's a fun piece of writing so sit back and enjoy!
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