The Idiot And The Odyssey 2: Myth, Madness and Magic on the Mediterranean
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"The Idiot and the Odyssey II: Myth, Madness and Magic on the Mediterranean" takes readers 4,401-kilometers from Rome to the boot of Italy, around the islands of Sicily and Crete, into the Peloponnese, up Mount Olympus, on to numerous Mediterranean islands and down the Turkish coast to Izmir.”
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International Acclaim for The Idiot and the Odyssey
"This is one of those seductive books that, as you read, slowly insinuates itself into your consciousness and becomes more and more compelling and entrancing....Stratte-McClure belongs to a generation that was entranced by the road journeys of Jack Kerouac and Robert Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance). These were journeys where the landscape and the exploration of the author's psyche were blended artfully....It is a high-wire literary act that is always in danger of collapsing into pretentiousness, but Stratte-McClure is so knowledgeable about the paths he walks and so sensitive to the history and landscapes around him that what he produces is not only an interesting travel book but a compelling story about a simple attempt to overcome a mid-life crisis and make some sense of the world." - Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
"There must be simpler - and less strenuous - ways to get over a mid-life crisis following a divorce. Walking around the Mediterranean does seem to be a bit extreme. But American journalist and author Joel Stratte-McClure doesn't seem to be the type to take the easy way out." - Diana Plater, Associated Press
"The book's title suggests its tone: at once ambitious and self-effacing, literate and down-to-earth. Stratte-McClure is an erudite man whose lust for life is balanced by Buddhist wisdom, and he brings to each moment on his journey a genuine affection for all he encounters that is irresistible." - Robert Speer, Chico (CA) News and Review (USA)
"Like slow food, the Herculean hike around the Mediterranean by Joel Stratte-McClure - no idiot, for sure - seems an improbable ambition. Yet, inspired by Odysseus, Chinese philosophy and his own mid-life crises, the account of his adventures is a triumph of travel writing - entertaining, witty, perceptive and informative. An enchanting read." - Marion Kaplan, photojournalist/author of "Focus Africa" and "The Portuguese - The Land and Its People" (France)
"A mid-life crisis prompts the US-born, France-based author to walk around the Mediterranean coast in the footsteps of his hero Odysseus. Overflowing with facts about the countries he visited and anecdotes from his three decades as a journalist, he is an entertaining, charming and erudite travelling companion." (****) - WHO Magazine (Australia)
"Stratte-McClure describes the food and the hotels where he stopped while hiking more than 2,700 miles in the course of the book. While reading in airports and my living rooms, I was transported to parts of the world where I have traveled but not really known." - Marilyn Hagerty, The Grand Forks (ND) Herald (USA)
"Perhaps our perception of the world does not depend on the places we visit but the gait of our travelling. I never thought that, in an era obsessed with speed and technology, somebody could thrill me with his amusing observations, experiences and ruminations while tracing on foot the same route I travelled by car in 1968 to visit my aging grandfather at the other end of the Spanish coast. This is the best guide to the Mediterranean since Homer's The Odyssey and as informative as James Michener's Iberia." - Princess Beatriz de Orleans Borbón (Spain)
The Idiot and the Odyssey II: Myth, Madness and Magic on the Mediterranean sets the bar for travel adventure readers. Every chapter brings Joel Stratte-McClures MedTrekking adventure to life with interactive links. Follow the “Idiot” and explore places such as the Cemetery of the Capuchins, sing along with sirens, reach the summit of Mount Olympus and meet Walter Lassally where he filmed Zorba the Greek. Joel is a masterful storyteller and captures his readers as he leads us to Troy.
Ultimate Mediterranean E-Guide!
The second in Joel Stratte-McClure's "trekking the Mediterranean" trilogy, The Idiot and the Odyssey II, is the most enjoyable e-guide you'll find for sheer exuberant armchair travel (that will inspire you to get up and get going)! As the author says, "You'll get a lot out of this book even if you don't read it." That's because this e-guide is packed with gorgeous photos that seem to shimmer in the Mediterranean light, video clips, music, and maps that illuminate Stratte-McClure's explorations and meetings with unusual people whose odysseys intersect his own.
His offbeat observations, literary erudition, rueful awareness, and zany adventures carry you easily from beautiful beaches to meditational moments to unusual encounters on goat-filled tracks. If you want to know what it's like to hike in the paths of the gods and and be guided by goddesses, get this book NOW-- and ENJOY!! Eve Siegel, author, Success with Soul