Anyone traveling to Greece should consider taking this book with them. It contains both archaeological and mythological information on most the major and some of the minor sites throughout Greece and the western coast of Turkey. Painstakingly researched and documented, 505 footnotes.
It's a catalyst for the mixture of all the components of the existential traveling experience. The author, during the ten weeks of his journey (bus, train and ferry), ruminates over powerful events in his own life that parallel those of Greek myth to build his own personal mythology and expose personal truths and gain insight into what happened (a potentially deadly confrontation with his father, and the disappearance of his daughter). This is something all travelers will find not only interesting but also cause them to reflect on events of their own lives.
This is a powerful story of the human condition as it has existed throughout the millennia, and will draw the reader and his/her own life into its narrative and lead to wisdom and understanding due to the alchemy that is a life. Your trip to Greece will be the memory of a lifetime, and this book will help make it one that never quits resonating.
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About the Author
David Sheppard is the author of Story Alchemy: The Search for the Philosopher's Stone of Storytelling, and Novelsmithing: The Structural Foundation of Plot, Character, and Narration. He is also the author of the non-fiction work Oedipus on a Pale Horse, and the novel The Mysteries, A Novel of Ancient Eleusis (two volumes). He holds a bachelor's from Arizona State and a master's from Stanford University. He also studied creative writing and American Literature at the University of Colorado. His poetry has appeared in The Paris Review and in England (The 1987 Arvon International Poetry Competition Anthologyjudged by Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney). While living in Colorado he was a member of the Rocky Mountain Writers Guild for seven years, participated in its Live Poets Society and Advanced Novel Workshop, and chaired its Literary Society. He founded a novel critique group that lasted ten years. He has attended the Aspen Writers Conference in Colorado and the Sierra Writing Camp in California. He has taught Novel Writing and Greek Mythology at New Mexico State University at Carlsbad. He has traveled throughout western Europe and is an amateur photographer and astronomer.