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A painful portrayal of a child's struggle to become.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Gosse's autobiographical account of his early years with his strictly Puritan family is beautifully written and, although often a painful book to read, a book which one will remember. It is a slice of life from a time that, although not so long ago, seems drastically different to our modern day world. Gosse charts his development as a child and his development as a literary figure in Father And Son and produces one of the finest semi-autobiographical novels in the English language. A criticism of the novel could be that it occasionally verges upon the self-pitying yet it is a sad tale and a tale told delicately. I personally enjoyed the novel and found that, in it's style, it offers something fresh and worthy. Unlike most autobiography, Father And Son does not act as a self-advertisment for the writers greatness. What it does do is offer an insight into a life that most modern day readers would find difficult to imagine.