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  • My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World
  • By: David Denby
  • Narrated by: Edward Asner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
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At the age of 48, film critic David Denby returned to his alma mater, Columbia University, to re-experience the core humanities courses he had taken as a freshman 30 years before. Facing the question of what he really knows, Denby re-examines the besieged Western classics, ranging from Homer, Sappho, and Sophocles to Dante, Nietzsche, and Woolf. What relevance do the writers and thinkers of the past have to our current life? The answer surprised Denby and will surprise and enlighten his listeners.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read this book, don't listen to it

  • By Myles on 07-01-10

Superb, wise, great fun. Treat yourself!

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Reviewed: 08-19-16

I have given numerous copies of this book to friends and family.
Dancing through Western Civ, Lit, with enormous humor, wisdom, astute observation of youthful students, self reflection, pedagogical strategy observations... Rich brew!