And When Did You Last See Your Father? Paperback – 1 Sep 2006
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"A painful, funny, frightening, moving, marvellous
book...everybody should read it" -- Sunday Times (Nick Hornby)
"A splendid book...it leaps with life" -- Irish Times
"Morrison's dialogue is bitingly funny, his examination of family
life painfully acute"
-- Sunday Business Post
"Tender, honest, angry, loyal...(an) extraordinary book" -- The Times
"The life (is) held up so close to one's face that one can smell
it, touch it"
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To celebrate the film adaptation of Blake Morrison's ground-breaking memoir, Granta Books are proud to publish this special edition film tie-in of "And When Did You Last See Your Father" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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He describes events with humour and sensitivity. His father, by turns infuriating, bumptious or loving comes to life as an individual but also as the quirky awkward person whom all of us tolerate and love as our own parents. He shows us how he has learned to accept his loss and reconcile it with the grief while retaining his love and gratitude for his father. A lovely book.
The book, written by his son, tells of how Dr Morrisons life slowly slips away during the last few weeks of his life. Interspersed with this are the authors recollections of his father, who whilst being a difficult man at times, always remained a loving husband and father. The author is at all times open and honest - sometimes brutally so - and lays open his feelings for all to share.
One of the strengths of the book is that whilst it is about the death of a loved one it never gets too mawkish or sentimental and remains at all times a good read.
After finishing the book I found from the internet that a film of the book is currently in production. I look forward to seeing what sort of treatment it receives on the silver screen.
This edition is particularly good. It has been republished as a film tie-in and has an afterword by the author written in 2006 about how and why he wrote the book and what it meant to him, his family and those who read it. I felt it finished the book off perfectly and I would have felt a bit cheated if I hadn't read this section because of buying an earlier publication.
Morrison is quite painfully honest about the complexities of his relationship with his father. His enduring love for him is always clear but he never flinches from the ambiguities that love for a parent can throw up, and it is this which makes this book rise above the ordinary.
The fact that he is willing to show himself and his father in a less than perfect light makes it tender and touching and real in a way that a glowing obituary or sanitised eulogy never could.
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