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The Idiot And The Odyssey : Walking the Mediterranean - Joel Stratte-McClure

The Idiot And The Odyssey

Walking the Mediterranean

Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers

Published: 1st November 2008
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RRP $24.95

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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!

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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Will read this again and again


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Travel Reading
    • Walkinghiking Tales
    • Walking Tales

    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.

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    Part One
    The French Riviera: Getting on the Path
    Part Two
    Marching to Marseille: Staying on the Path
    Part Three
    Finishing France: Nudists, Buddhists an a Fish Called Joel
    Part Four
    Starting the Spanish Steps
    Part Five
    Coasting Through Spain and Sharing the Path
    Part Six
    The End of Spain: Travels With a Sorceress and a Med Crawler
    Part Seven
    Morocco: Walking on Water, Stuck in the Sand
    Part Eight
    An Italian Roam and Ramble
    Hiking Addendum
    Table of Contents provided by Fast Thinking Books. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780977586653
    ISBN-10: 0977586650
    Series: Fast Thinking Creative Travel Ser.
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 358
    Published: 1st November 2008
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.6  x 2.300