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Xanthe is drawn to Ithaca, the birthplace of her father Manoli and her grandfather Mentor. She is translating Mentor's manuscript, his story of leaving Ithaca and his life in Australia. Sea of Many Returns is a profound meditation on displacement, nostalgia and exile. It affirms the enduring resonance of the Odyssey for voyagers of all times.
Published (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The ability of the author to describe the feelings of so many overlapping characters was the main strength of this book for me and the unusual chronology of the story kept me interested.
Zable all the sailors (men) from Ithaca to Odysseus, all the male story tellers to Homer and to a degree all the women who stayed behind to Penelope. This gave the novel a feeling that life as an Ithican was predestined and to a degree inevitable. Some of the men who immigrated to Australia were unable to break
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I was surprised to find this gentle exploration of diaspora and the choices made in leaving ones homeland made it a pleasant and thought provoking read. Knowing the author was not Greek I was prepared to be disappointed but he seemed to have absorbed the notion of Greekness and those tragedies that they seem best at. Some of the plot lines were less credible to fit into the changing world outside but the core idea of yearning for ones homeland at some level resonated with me as a migrant who did ...more
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Yawn. Did anything interesting happen in this book? What was the point, really? I think I missed something.
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Zable was born on 10 January 1947 in Wellington, New Zealand to Polish-Jewish refugee parents. They moved early in his life to Australia and he grew up in Carlton, Victoria.

Zable is known as a storyteller - through his memoirs, short stories and novels. Australian critic Susan Varga says that Zable's award-winning memoir, Jewels and Ashes, "was a ground-breaking book in Australia, one of the first