When I was a boy about 11, I committed a crime that changed my life.
I stole a book. I was a book thief.
I found it in another kid’s desk and began reading, hiding it behind some boring textbook, and couldn’t give it up.
And when the last bell rang, I hid it furtively under my jacket as if it were some rare, precious and struggling bird, and walked home.
It’s still with me. I’ll never give it up.
That book that opened up the world to me.
What was it?
“Odysseus the Wanderer,” written for children by the classicist Aubrey de Selincourt.
It is a version of the “Odyssey” of Homer, the greatest…
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