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Kelowna author’s novel spans 3,000 years

Carl Hare is holding a meet and greet for Odysseus: Book I On The River of Time Saturday

An actor, a playwright, a professor and a poet, some may describe Carl Hare as a renaissance man.

After a long run and distinguished career in professional theatre, Hare stepped out of the spotlight and into recording studios and writing nooks to pen an epic trilogy that took him on a journey lasting more than two decades, according to a Magpie Marketing release.

Odysseus: Book I On The River of Time takes readers on a literary and poetic journey where gods and mortals clash. A legendary hero embarks on an extraordinary voyage that tests the human spirit in this harrowing story of survival and courage in the face of defeat, personal triumph and loss.

The adventure begins where Homer’s Odyssey leaves off. Odysseus: Book I On The River of Time is written in a poetic style reminiscent of the Homeric past.

Inspired by a collection of literary works written by one of the greatest poets in the English language, the author explained his inspiration behind the project.

“The chance purchase of The Collected Poems of Edmund Spenser in a second-hand bookstore in Winnipeg during a Fringe Festival tour began this epic trilogy twenty-four years ago. Reading the preface of the book, I discovered that the great Elizabethan poet Spenser had written a treatise, in essence, advocating genocide of the Irish by starvation at the same time as he was writing his seminal work, The Fairie Queene, designed to be a model for English courtier behaviour.

“After thinking about this paradox for some years, I began this epic poem to show the huge scope of the problem. The result is a work that spans 3,000 years and explores the struggles of three men from three different periods, written in the styles of their respective periods, to shed light on the sources of this persistent human problem,” he said.

The trilogy examines three figures – one mythical, one historical and one fictional, Odysseus in Greece, Spencer the poet in Ireland, and Archer, a renegade actor/director in Canada. “I’m pleased to see this lifelong project come to fruition. It’s been a journey with many bumps and adventures just like the main characters in the book,” said the longtime Kelowna resident.

Hare has made Kelowna his home for the last 21 years. The author is holding a meet and greet at Mosaic Books on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 12 p.m.

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