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The Idiot and the Odyssey: Walking the Mediterranean (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Joel Stratte-McClure

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  • Länge: 434 Seiten
  • Sprache: Englisch
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When inquisitive American journalist Joel Stratte-McClure decides to walk around the Mediterranean Sea, we're in for an exhilarating adventure. As a 30 year expatriate in France, he explores the coast, countryside and regional cultures - as well as his own mind - with compulsive vigour. Armed with a copy of Homer's Odyssey, he re-opens this great book for us as he ponders life, divorce, Buddhism, alcoholism, the art of trekking and a vast collection of weird, wicked, wonderful people along the way. This is a trip to get into!

Reviews
"This is the best guide to the Mediterranean since Homer's The Odyssey"
- Princess Beatriz de Orleans Borbón from Spain.

"One of those seductive books that, as you read, slowly insinuates itself into your consciousness and becomes more and more compelling and entrancing."
- Bruce Elder, The Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald.

"'The Idiot and the Odyssey' is such a terrific antidote to the middle age melancholia that if Homer could do a sequel, Odysseus would probably jump ship to join Joel Stratte-McClure's MedTrek instead."
- Craig Unger, Vanity Fair Contributing Editor and author of "The Fall of the House of Bush."

"Described as 'Eat Pray Love' for men, Stratte-McClure's account is entertaining, informative and inspirational."
- Toni Whitman, Booktopia Buzz.

"A dream experience of a lifetime. It's worth every ebullient, blistering step!"
- Tom Moore, Editor-in-Chief, Reader's Digest Australia


About the Author

Joel Stratte-McClure, an American journalist/adventurer who lived in France for over three decades, has been writing about his global trekking and hiking adventures since the 1970s. His work has taken him to over 100 countries and his articles on a variety of subjects have appeared The International Herald Tribune, Time Magazine, The London Times, People Magazine, Who Weekly, Fast Thinking and numerous other publications. He's continuing his trek around the Mediterranean Sea to gather information and anecdotes for the sequel to "The Idiot and the Odyssey."

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When inquisitive American journalist Joel Stratte-McClure decides to walk around the Mediterranean Sea, we're in for an exhilarating adventure. As a 30-year expatriate in France, he explores the coast, countryside and regional cultures - as well as his own mind - with compulsive vigour. Armed with a copy of Homer's Odyssey, he re-opens this great book for us as he ponders life, divorce, Buddhism, alcoholism, the art of trekking and a vast collection of weird, wicked, wonderful people along the way. This is a trip to get into!

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gerald Rodgers, Advanced Placement English, Santa Maria High School 24. März 2009
Von Gerald Rodgers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
It's not at all the travel memoir it purports to be. Joel Stratte-McClure's
book The Idiot and the Odyssey is a rich commentary on life, quests, and
purpose, and the brazen tale of this eccentric smacks of attitude both
audacious and foolhardy. Yet quite unlike that Ithacan who had himself tied
to his mast so he could safely hear the siren's songs, the ponderous hero of
this story maintains unbelievable equanimity in his enviable brushes with
Mediterranean Circes and sylphs, and he emerges, through his hilarity and
touching humanness, the wiser and more virtuous for having listened to their
words. A marvelous narration, one breathing ancient literature into a
modern and real theater, it connects myth with geography, history back with
legend, and life-affirming purpose with the old bugaboo, the concept of
impossible Quest. The A.P. Program of the College Board, which has recently
adapted similar modern memoirs as grist for their essays (Alain de Botton's
works come to mind), may be well-advised to consider a similar plundering of
Joel Stratte-McClure's recount of his trek to challenge Scylla, the Cyclops,
and Charybdis.² ­ Gerald Rodgers, Advanced Placement English Teacher, Santa
Maria High School District (California)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Med rediscovered 9. November 2008
Von Taylor M. Chambers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
The most fun I've ever had on a trip I didn't make. This book reads is easy reading - never boring. The author in trekking around the Mediterranean seems to have almost a story a step. His local and historical knowledge is impressive. Each curve of the beach, inlet, cove or nearby island comes with an event or myth or legend - some originally recorded by Homer, some as reported recently in local or national media. The book is sprinkled with intriguing bits and pieces about famous people the rest of us have met only in museums and gossip columns. A plus - the writer's love of nature and descriptive powers whet your appetite for Mediterranean travel. If you go, do take the book with you - a great guide!

Taylor Chambers
Pittsburgh, PA
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing book by an amazing man. 10. September 2013
Von Robert W Zarrett - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
The title says it all: Who but an idiot would even consider walking around the Mediterranean Sea? Turns out that this "idiot" is a well-educated, thoughtful adventurer with a sense of humor and wonderful writing style. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his trials and triumphs along his trek, and look forward to the next installment. Wish I were in good enough physical condition to accompany him for a day or two!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Another good travel book with a slight difference 9. Januar 2013
Von Richard Achilles - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Joel Stratte-McClure is a journalist undertaking a walking trip right around the Mediterranean Sea - my favourite place in the world. He certainly has a better writing style than you would expect from many journalists, despite his slightly annoying tendency to pepper every day's adventures with a slight overabundance of contemplative sayings from the world of Oriental philosophy.

If you want to really find out what the coast of the Mediterranean is like, then read this book. I would have given it 4 stars if the trip had been finished - I can only hope that Joel will complete his trip sometime and write the second half of his book. I'll certainly be buying it if he does!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Compelling Reading 14. Januar 2009
Von Judith A. Barnett - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
You are never too old to go on a new adventure; your own `unique journey' and whether it is vicariously through the pages of this book or in fact if you are inspired to fulfill your dreams, The Idiot and the Odyssey: Walking the Mediterranean is the perfect springboard to begin. There are those of us who have lived a purpose filled, driven life and in need of some reflective time. In this multi layered book you may well get lost then find yourself again and experience something potentially life changing.

Joel Stratte-McClure is a successful journalist who has reported from some of the worlds most exotic and dangerous places. At 50 he has his life under control or so he thought. The sudden and irrevocable collapse of his 20 year marriage, prompted the eternal question facing us all of `where he was going in life and why'. Inspired by Homer's Odyssey; a childhood fascination for Greek and Roman mythology, the intrepid adventurer conceives a Herculean quest, steps out of his comfort zone and decides that he is `destiny bound' to walk some 16,000 kms along the shores of the Mediterranean. The result is a richly blended tale of adventure, detailed travelogue, self reflection (ruminations) and anecdotes. Frequent quotes from Homer and the omnipresent Odysseus add to this richness and are a clever literary device. Ultimately, it is a journey to replenish the mind, body and soul.

As a wandering minstrel he plays an enticing tune and is joined by various companions on his quest; none more companionable than the faithful family labrador Bogart, "who never complains .....and he listens to whatever I want to talk about." There are a cast of colourful characters (real and imagined), various strangers, acquaintances, son Luke, various gods (the thought that the dog is a god doesn't escape him), goddesses, a sorceress, and seductive sirens that provide delicious and enchanting digressions. He has a clear view of them as characters thus blending them perfectly with the narrative.

As a travelogue, the reader can trust in the detailed research of the people, places and historical events that have shaped the world of the Mediterranean. The path taken (staying as close to the shore) is exhilarating, breathtaking and often unpredictable. The author also offers his sage like advice on favourite walks and a guide to walking meditation by incorporating a Hiking addendum on the Mediterranean.

The book certainly brings a new dimension to travel and adventure writing. Ultimately, Med (itation) trekking is about the journey; `the path is the goal, the goal the path.' The author has cleverly interwoven the wisdoms imparted by Buddhist teachings and moments of gratitude are humbling; "We walk for ourselves and we walk for those who cannot walk." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Count me as a devoted reader and I eagerly anticipate a thrilling sequel. If you look for the good in this treasured literary gem you will find it over and over. When a reader can't wait to turn the page, yet at the same time want to stay immersed in the moment, then the author has written a compelling narrative of universal appeal that will linger well on after the last page is read.
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