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"I made a wasteland of everything I touched",
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This review is from: Letters to My Children (Kindle Edition)
The author quotes another writer, Raymond Carver, expressing his feelings about his own life as he trudges from one failed relationship to another, one dead-end job to another, one temporary home to another. The single positive in his life is his two children.
In the richest country in the world an educated, cultured man lives on the verge of destitution as the American economy collapses. His means are so meagre that he cannot afford to buy his children presents for their birthdays or Christmas. I found this a shocking eye-opener.
This collection of letters to his children, written each year from their birth until they reached the age of 18, is his gift to them, to be read by them when they have turned 18. These are not pink fluffy bunny notes, but lengthy letters written over several days, and sometimes weeks, as one adult to another, charting their development, their achievements, his pride in them and hopes for them, as well as his own failings, disappointments, despair and occasional small triumphs.
Both children enjoy a close and loving bond with their father as he strives to maintain daily contact with them and offer them a father's support, encouragement and advice. It is only towards the very end that a slight hint of discord appears, and I am left wondering how the relationship between father and children will progress in the future as the children become adults.
Elegantly written with brutal honesty, I found this a fascinating read.