LYSSES FOUND by Ernle Bradford


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Ernle Bradford has spent most of the 1950's and 1960's sailing the Mediterranean aboard his own ship. Melding his own experience, matching it with the guide-posts of poetry in Homer's epic Odyssey, he makes a calmly engrossing case for his surmises as to the actual sites of the legend. Remarking that a three-knot speed, consistent with galley-like craft, is noted throughout Homer, he traces Ulysses' journey and sojourns from Troy to Ithaca. Some identifications: the Land of the Lotus Eaters was Jerba, Libya; the Cave of Polyphemus in Levanzo, Sicily; the Wandering Rocks, Stromboli and Strombolicchio, Calypso's island, Malta. Referring to the epic itself, and drawing from his own experience of the sailor's craft, the author recreates the adventures of ""the wily man"" in a mixture of unobtrusive lycricism and steadfast practicality, as a man of letters and of the sea.

Pub Date: Jan. 29th, 1963
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World