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And When Did You Last See Your Father : A Son's Memoir of Love and Loss

And When Did You Last See Your Father : A Son's Memoir of Love and Loss - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312427092

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ISBN13: 978-0312427092
ISBN10: 0312427093
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 93
Publisher: Picador USA
Published: 1993
International: No

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And When Did You Last See Your Father : A Son's Memoir of Love and Loss - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312427092

Blake Morrison

ISBN13: 978-0312427092
ISBN10: 0312427093
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 93
Publisher: Picador USA

Published: 1993
International: No
Summary

And when did you last see your father? When did you? Was it last weekend or last Christmas? Was it before or after he exhaled his last breath? When was he able to recognize you, or complete a task (changing a lightbulb, fixing your bookshelves) without having to be helped himself? And was it him really, in the fullness of his being - or was it a version of him, shaped by your own expectations and disappointments? Blake Morrison's subject is universal: the life and death of a parent, a father at once beloved and exasperating, competent and inept, charming and infuriating, domineering and terribly vulnerable. But this memoir's central concern is identity. In reading about Dr. Arthur Morrison, we ask ourselves the same searching questions that Blake Morrison poses. Can we ever see our parents as themselves? Or are they forever defined by the lens of a child's or a teenager's eyes? What are the secrets of their lives, and why do they spare us that knowledge? How can we ever know our fathers in their other incarnations - as friends, as husbands and lovers, as employees? And when they die, what do they take with them that cannot be recovered or inherited?

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