Book Review: “The Road to Epidauros,” by Jeanne Fuchs (2011, AuthorHouse)

“All travel has its advantages”
             – Dr. Samuel Johnson

One of the great joys every book presents is the promise of a journey, either literary or literal. The Road to Epidauros, by Jeanne Fuchs, holds out – and splendidly delivers on – this promise, taking readers along on a voyage of discovery that turns out to be equal parts of The Road to Damascus, with her personal revelations on the nature of friendship, love and theatre, and The Road to Morocco, with the author in the role of Dorothy Lamour, dashing from place to place in an existential romp filled with glamour, song, famous personalities, mildly alarming admirers, and thoroughly enjoyable supporting characters.

Written in the form of a travel diary and taking place over a period of three weeks as she journeys through Greece with the late legendary director Andreas Voutsinas, who was preparing to put on his renowned 1990 production of Euripides’ Medea, Fuchs’ Epidauros is a love letter to the theatre and the man with whom she shared a lifetime of memories as friend and confidante. The author chronicles the hopes, worries, and daily antics of the band of colorful actors, temperamental actresses, and assorted hangers-on as they near their date with a performance literally awaited by the entire country. Fuchs, who is best known as a French scholar and friend of noted names in the arts, also takes us on side trips of memory to meet Jane Fonda, Faye Dunaway, Lee Strasberg, Mel Brooks, Melina Mercouri and other theatrical personalities whom she and Voutsinas knew.

The Road to Epidauros is a banquet for those who relish the magic of the theatre and love the people who make that magic happen. Andreas Voutsinas died last year, but the man and his work live on through Fuchs’ tender tribute to this remarkable man and theatrical artist.

The Road to Epidauros is available on Kindle via Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/The-Road-to-Epidauros-ebook/dp/B0067GMJAU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324341643&sr=8-1  or directly from the publisher in hard cover or paperback at http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/AdvancedSearch/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=Jeanne%20Fuchs
Jeanne Fuchs taught French and Comparative Literature at Hofstra University. She is co-editor of The World of George Sand (Greenwood, 1991) and has a monograph on Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Héloïse (Peter Lang, 1992). She has also written on Molière, Marivaux, Musset, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra.

          – Mark Stubis for Global Newsbytes, December 24, 2011

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