Father! Father! Burning Bright Paperback – 21 Feb 2000
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Beginning life as a 1982 BBC TV screenplay entitled Intensive Care, Father! Father! Burning Bright was subsequently transformed into prose by Alan Bennett "in the hope of finding more to the character" Midgley than had emerged from its screen version. The result is vintage Alan Bennett.
Father! Father! Burning Bright is a bittersweet comedy of manners based on the humdrum existence of Denis Midgley, an ineffectual schoolteacher reviled by his elderly father, bored wife and dull pupils, who is abruptly pulled from a parent's evening to be told that his father is dying. "On the many occasions Midgley had killed his father death had always come easily". When fantasy fades and reality bites, however, Midgley finds himself reassessing his relationship with his father as he clings to life and Midgley camps outside the under-resourced hospital that pays scant attention to the life or death of Midgley senior. As bored relatives shuffle in and out, Midgley strikes up an unlikely relationship with Nurse Valery that leads to an unlikely victory for Midgley's father. Told with Bennett's trademark spareness and laconic approach to life, death and life up north, Father! Father! Burning Bright is a perfect introduction to Bennett's writing. --Jerry Brotton
About the Author
The film adaptation of the hit play The Lady in the Van is out now in the UK.
Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage.
At the National Theatre, London, The History Boys won numerous awards including Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Play, an Olivier for the Best New Play and the South Bank Award. His play The History Boys was the National Theatre's most successful production ever.
His collection of prose Writing Home was a number one bestseller. Untold Stories won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography, 2006. Recent works of fiction are The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories.
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Top Customer Reviews
It sadly tells of dysfunctional relationships between a man and his father and also his wife and children
Slightly depressing but very believable
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When i first starting reading this book,
i thought it was'nt for me,
as i read on it got better before i new i had finished it.
Over all good read.
Have only just started reading Alan Bennett after watching The Lady In The Van, I then read the book, I wasn't disappointed! This again was good!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer