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Author Nicolson, Adam, 1957-

Title Why Homer matters / Adam Nicolson.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction    883 Homer NIC    Available
Edition First edition.
Description xii, 297 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "A John Macrae book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [247]-282) and index.
Contents Meeting Homer -- Grasping Homer -- Loving Homer -- Seeking Homer -- Finding Homer -- Homer the strange -- Homer the real -- The metal hero -- Homer on the steppes -- The gang and the city -- Homer's mirror -- Homer's Odyssey -- The bright wake.
Summary "Adam Nicolson explains why Homer matters-- to him, to you, to the world--in a text full of twists, turns and surprises. In a spectacular journey through mythical and modern landscapes, Adam Nicholson explores the places forever haunted by their Homeric heroes. From Sicily, awash with wildflowers shadowed by Italy's largest oil refinery, to Ithaca, southern Spain, and the mountains on the edges of Andalusia and Extremadura, to the deserted, irradiated steppes of Chernobyl, where Homeric warriors still lie under the tumuli, unexcavated. This is a world of springs and drought, seas and cities, with not a tourist in sight. And all sewn together by the poems themselves and their great metaphors of life and suffering. Showing us the real roots of Homeric consciousness, the physical environment that fills the gaps between the words of the poems themselves, Nicholson's is itself a Homeric journey. A wandering meditation on lost worlds, our interconnectedness with our ancestors, and the surroundings we share. This is the original meeting of place and mind, our empathy with the past, our landscape as our drama. Following the acclaimed Gentry, which established him as one of the great landscape writers working today, Nicholson takes Homer's poems back to their source: beneath the distant, god-inhabited mountains, on the Trojan plains above the graves of the heroic dead, we find afresh the foundation level of human experience on Earth"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Homer -- Criticism and interpretation.
Nicolson, Adam, 1957- -- Travel -- Europe.
Homer -- Influence.
Homer -- Settings.
Homer -- Appreciation.
Epic poetry, Greek -- History and criticism.
Landscapes -- Europe.
Europe -- Description and travel.
ISBN 9781627791793 (hardcover) : $30.00
1627791795 (hardcover)

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