By Scott Huler
Mon 13 Jul 09
Scott Huler, an NPR contributor, sets off to retrace the steps of Odysseus on his twenty year journey from Troy to Ithaca. The book is great fun and, for me, very educational. In fact, I almost feel as if I’ve now read The Odyssey although I suppose it’s closer to reading the Cliffs Notes version. His style is lively, honest and personal; all the right elements for a road trip memoir, or more accurately, boat, train and bus trip. The map in the front of the book is excellent and I referred to it so often I should probably have made myself a copy for faster viewing.
The writing has a great flow to it and he manages to tell the reader the story of The Odyssey in a very accessible way while comparing it to modern times and drawing pertinent morals. Great characters, plot twists, action and adventure. Who can ask for more?
My husband and I have a general itinerary of all the places we’re going in Europe and this book covers a number of them: Istanbul, Troy, Athens, the Peloponnese, Sicily, Rome, and Naples. He also visits Tunis, Sardinia and Corsica. It would be perfect to read while we’re traveling, but we couldn’t wait. To enjoy Scott's photos, go to his website.
You can find this book on Amazon: No Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey Through the Odyssey.
About the reviewer:
After 5 years of planning and millions of hours on-line, Claire and her husband Chuck are traveling through Europe in a motorhome for one year. Follow their journey at European Adventures