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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

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.


What an odyssey!!


Beautiful book. What a lovely journey to be taken on. I have read this several times and keep enjoying it! If you love travel stories with a bit of history thrown in then this is for you. I have recommended this to so many people and they have all loved it.

Melbourne, AU


Will read this again and again


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.

Melbourne, AU


The Idiot And The Odyssey

4.5 2


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
Publisher: ETN Communications
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.6  x 2.300