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Daddy, We Hardly Knew You [Kindle Edition]

Germaine Greer
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Influential feminist writer and intellectual Germaine Greer tracks the life of her father, an Australian intelligence officer during World War II, who died in her childhood. A secretive man, Reg Greer took pains to hide his working-class roots. As she painstakingly assembles the jigsaw pieces of his life, Germaine discovers surprising secrets about her father, her family, and herself.

Obsessed with family history, Greer is chasing not just her father’s life story, but the parental love she always felt deprived of. Brimming with emotion, loss, regret, fury, and the intense depth of love, this book offers a moving climax—as well as sharp observations about Australian culture during the war.

Germaine Greer is a major Australian feminist writer, academic, and journalist. She is the author of The Female Eunuch, an influential feminist work that became an international bestseller in 1970. Her other books include Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility; The Whole Woman; The Change: Women, Ageing and Menopause; and Shakespeare's Wife.
Born in Melbourne in 1939, Greer attended the University of Melbourne and later became involved with the Sydney Push intellectual subculture and the anarchist movement. Later, she became a professor at the University of Sydney and then the University of Warwick and later the University of Tulsa, and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. She was the founding editor of the academic journal Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. She has appeared as a commentator on television programs including William F. Buckley’s Firing Line as well as programming on the RTE, the BBC, and ABC television.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 878 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0241125383
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (13 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GM0LZL0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ONLY CONNECT 4 Dec. 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very unusual, and in my own opinion absolutely absorbing, narrative by a writer of exceptional talent. Germaine Greer was driven (not to say well paid) to root out the secrets that underlay her father's strange personality. He had died when she was young, and in such time as they shared he had been putting up some sort of pose or front that she could never penetrate or fathom, then or later. He died in generally sound bodily health although suffering from some variety of degenerative brain disorder; but long before that set in it was obvious that there was something seriously not right with him.

Germaine Greer's search for her father's identity starts with the assumption, hardly an unreasonable one, that if she was going to find out anything about him she would at least find it indexed under `Greer'. Only when the truth finally dawns that even that is not so does the rest of the bizarre jigsaw at last fit together. Her search takes her across a great deal of the globe - Tasmania, mainland Oz, Italy, India, Malta and even fabled Cambridge. The general plan of the book seems fairly clear, and it appears to consist of hanging lengthy essays on a variety of subjects, sometimes only distantly related to the overall theme, on the main connecting cable of the narrative. The plan works not too badly by and large, but probably not as well as it ought to have. I'd say the book starts well and ends well - in fact it ends spectacularly well - and that is nine tenths of the battle. It is in some of the middle chapters that I sense a loss of concentration and focus. The successful and welcome digressions, for me, were those in which Dr Greer was advancing a strong and distinctive message of her own, say a feminist message or an environmental commentary.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Germaine's crazy family revealed 14 Feb. 2006
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After reading this book one feels sorry for poor Germaine.For a start, her mother was mentally unbalanced. Germaine reveals that when she bought home a boy friend, her mother would often open the front door wearing a pair of underpants on her head and nothing else but a suntan. Her mother "used words as ammunition, not for communication." This book is Germaine's search for the true identity of her father. To hide his illegitimate birth, her father wove a web of falsehoods around his early life. He was always distant with Germaine, and never gave her a proper hug.Feeling suicidal she once fell over a cliff, and it is ironic she was only saved by her father's coat she was wearing when it caught on a snag. There are dreary false trails and much padding in this book.Germaine's self-pity gets a bit much to take.Her vinegary nature must be in part a result of her family situation.At the end of the book I read,someone had pencilled in "so what." An apt comment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Aug. 2014
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Brilliant book, Germaine's best. Arrived speedily.
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