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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales from the life of a poet's daughter, 4 Jun. 2003
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This is beautifully written, imaginative account of growing up, narrated by Gabriella, the daughter of an English poet. It tells of "The myths of my family, favourite fables told again and again, brought out like battered photographs, nostagia-scented and made alive by scrambled memory...fairy-tales, fantasies grown from a seed of truth". Colourful memories of her Norfolk childhood with all her brothers and animals are poured out for us to paint the picture of a wild and bohemian family. At turns both funny and meloncholy, this is a wonderful book that gives us telling glimpses into the real lives of Patrick Barker and his literary family.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2015 22:54:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2015 23:43:46 GMT
This is a semi-autobiographical novel, and its "telling glimpses into the real lives of [George] Barker and his literary family" involve some changes from the "real lives" you mention. For example, Barker had three sons and two daughters with Raffaella's mother, Elspeth (not one sister "and all her brothers"). And Barker had ten children before meeting the author's mother, while the fictional dad in the novel has three before the narrator's arrival.
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