The Art Of Exile: A Vagabond Life by John FreelyThe Art Of Exile: A Vagabond Life by John Freely

The Art Of Exile: A Vagabond Life

byJohn Freely

Hardcover | July 30, 2016

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As you set out for Ithaka Hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. ' Constantine P. Cavafy By the time he was six, John Freely had crossed the Atlantic four times. His childhood was spent on the mean streets of 1930s Brooklyn, where he scavenged for junk to sell and borrowed money for books; his first love being Homer's Odyssey. He was 15 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and 17 when he enlisted in the US Navy and embarked on the first great adventure of his life: joining a clandestine unit that helped the Kuomintang fight the Japanese. He served for two years, 96 days in combat and a total of 344 days overseas, which sparked a lifelong passion for travel. Returning home after the war, Freely fell in love with a beautiful girl who sang the blues. His own Penelope. Together they signed a blood pact to spend their life travelling the world. This unforgettable memoir takes the reader from the streets of New York to the corridors of provincial campus life; from World War II in the Pacific to the shores of the Bosphorus and from Ancient Troy to the isles of Dionysus and Ariadne. It is the story of a remarkable odyssey that has spanned nine decades, several continents and one great love. And still the odyssey continues, "as I ponder the meaning of an Ithaka and of exile as an art that takes a lifetime to master."
John Freely (1926 - 2017) was born in New York and joined the US Navy at the age of seventeen, serving during the last two years of World War II. He had a PhD in physics from New York University and did post-doctoral studies in the history of science at Oxford. He was for many years professor of physics at Bosphorus University in Istan...
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Title:The Art Of Exile: A Vagabond LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5 × 1 inPublished:July 30, 2016Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1784534986

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'An outstandingly interesting and well-written autobiography'