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The Glorious Adventure: Through the Mediterranean in the Wake of Odysseus

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It was perhaps inevitable that Richard Halliburton, the romantic, imaginative wanderer, would follow in the footsteps of another legendary traveler--Odysseus. Halliburton's second book recounts his journey through the Mediterranean in the shadow of his mythical hero. In Greece, Halliburton charged Mount Olympus "in order to visit the gods that dwelled there"; he swam the H ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Tauris Parke Paperbacks (first published 1927)
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Jan 21, 2016 Jenni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this. It's light-hearted and funny, yet offers a good amount of Homeric history. Halliburton's writing style is what sold it for me:

"As I had stuck to blubber and champagne at Taormina and left Helios' precious cattle strictly alone, the Sun God had no reason to be wroth with me, nor Jupiter to use my Malta-bound ship as a target for lightning practice. In consequence, the voyage was utterly dull,—so dull, in fact, I was sorry I had been so virtuous."

"Seven years! What a long time
Perry Whitford
Jan 29, 2016 Perry Whitford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All those who love travel the land, the sea and the page in equal measure.
Inspired by the ultimate traveller Odysseus and a few lines of Tennyson which encapsulate the adventuresome Greeks indomitable spirit, Jazz Age american adventurer Halliburton sets off in the footsteps of Homer's hero, to "Sail beyond the sunset...till I die...To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

He begins, thrillingly, with an ascent to the very top of mount Olympus where his small company of companion Roderic and a plucky eleven year old shepherd boy become amongst the first people t
Nov 15, 2010 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: walks, 1920s
What at lark! Adventure traveler Richard Halliburton sets out in 1926 with a camera, toothbrush, and eight different translations of Homer's Odyssey, intent on retracing Odysseus' mythic footsteps from fallen Troy to Ithaka. Along the way he climbs Mt Olympus, swims the Hellespont, spends the night in Polyphemus' cave, scales Vesuvius and then Stromboli, and generally shows himself a really good time. He approaches travel as a sustained publicity stunt, and casts himself, in some pretty goopy pu ...more
Keith Chapman
Apr 05, 2014 Keith Chapman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from my great grandma after she passed. When I first picked it up, I didn't think it would interest me, as it wasn't the type of book I normally read, but it really hooked me. The way he describes everything makes me want to go to the places he went to and experience them myself.
Richard Halliburton is certainly one of the most interesting "travel writers" I've had the pleasure of reading. He spent the 1920's abroad on romantic adventures and "The Glorious Adventure" is no exception. After sitting board in his living room, he decided to embark on a chapter by chapter journey following Homer's "The Odyssey." His adventures are certainly the madcap variety -- filled with crazy ideas helped along with a bit of alcohol. He never takes himself too seriously and his writing st ...more
Jan 05, 2008 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: long-ago
Everyone needs to read at least one Richard Halliburton book. I love his writing and adventures. Halliburton was an explorer in the 20s and 30s, he died while on one of his travels. He's a mix of Indiana Jones and F. Scott Fitzgereld. Reading his books you get a taste of a time long gone, when the world was not as small as it is now. Every new continent, city, town and mountain held new wonders and only the bravest would explore.
Libby Ames
Sep 19, 2009 Libby Ames rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm afraid I never finished the book (it had to be returned before we moved). However, what I read I enjoyed. I think I will try it again after I have read The Odyssey. Since Halliburton was following the path of Ulysses, I think I would get more out of it knowing more than just the Cliff's Notes verion of the story.
Příjemné připomenutí Odyssei. Autor nepřestává překvapovat nečekanými nápady a jeho popis italských reálií jsou uchvacující. Jeho líčení osobité a naplněné hyperbolami a vtipem.
Kdo nezná Odyseu asi nepochopí, pro příznivce řeckého nedobrovolného cestovatele srdcová záležitost.
Josh Kienzle
Apr 11, 2007 Josh Kienzle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
This is another great adventure book from Halliburton. This is a raw tale of true unplanned adventure that spans the globe. You can't put it down.
Dec 14, 2007 Cherie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Travelers, Backpackers, Adventurous Sorts
A Another wonderful tale where Richard Halliburton follows the tale of the Odyssey and goes everywhere Ulyssess did--brilliant!
Jul 12, 2007 Stefanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: travel lovers
Shelves: fun-reads
By that I mean people who love travel, not people who are lovers while traveling.
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Writer, Lecturer, and World Traveler, Richard Halliburton published numerous books during his short lifetime. During his world travels, he visited exotic locales such as the Taj Mahal in India, climbed the Matterhorn, flew across the Sahara desert in a bi-winged plane, and swam the entire length of the Panama Canal. He also roamed the Mediterranean Sea retracing the route followed by Ulysses in Ho ...more
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