Booktopia Buzz Book of the month December 2008
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!
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 in The International Herald Tribune, Time Magazine, The London Times, People Magazine, Who Weekly, Fast Thinking and numerous other publications. He's currently based in Los Angeles where, when he's not hiking, he writes the Tinseltown SpyWitness column for the Los Angeles Daily News and is completing a book entitled Hollywood's Twenty-Five Hottest Latinos: How They Got There, What They're Doing Now And Where They're Going.
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Comments about The Idiot And The Odyssey:
Loved this. Totally unexpected but what a treat! If you love walking, travel and classic literature this is for you. The author references many classics including Homer and Lao Tzu which add a wonderful subtext to his story. Highly recommended.
|The French Riviera: Getting on the Path|
|Marching to Marseille: Staying on the Path|
|Finishing France: Nudists, Buddhists an a Fish Called Joel|
|Starting the Spanish Steps|
|Coasting Through Spain and Sharing the Path|
|The End of Spain: Travels With a Sorceress and a Med Crawler|
|Morocco: Walking on Water, Stuck in the Sand|
|An Italian Roam and Ramble|
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Series: Fast Thinking Creative Travel Ser.
Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 1st November 2008
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.6 x 2.300