- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (29 Jan. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749397152
- ISBN-13: 978-0749397159
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wig My Father Wore Paperback – 29 Jan 1996
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A moving and darkly funny novel of sex, death and reproduction by Man Booker winner, Anne Enright, reissued in a beautiful new series style
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When Stephen arrives on Grace's doorstep and asks for a cup of tea, Grace's life is transfigured. Stephen is an Angel. A former bridge builder, he committed suicide one cold night in 1934, but now, nostalgically, he spends his nights hanging by the neck in Grace's shower to help himself think.
Madly in love, Grace's life spirals out of control. Moving between her tacky TV show 'Love Quiz', her benign, bewigged and apparently mad father, and Stephen, Grace takes the Pacific path from cynicism to innocence with surprising results ...
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I'd say, get The Gathering instead.
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Through most of her cynical views. She realizes she must take hold of her life and all of it's absurd turns. With Stephen's appearance he explains to Grace he (a former bridge builder who committed suicide) came back to earth to guide lost souls. Soon they both establish a household together. Visits to her parents house and the memories and pictures that are hidden from view. Reminds Grace that her father who she always knew wore a wig. From the time of her parents meeting and the later stuff. All the family reminscences. The time they first got an Aerial. The first time they got a TV. The first night viewing in 1969 with a memorable list of Irish TV programs. Do these bring back memories? Such as, Steady As She Go-Goes (on the night they landed on the moon), Apollo 11, The Riordians on Wednesday night.
The ending is subtle and fluid like the milk she trails on the road to her house. Describes it like making love or dying. Nothing really dies. To a woman it make's sense. Just as the sky is blue. Just imagine that unpredictable revelation like falling in love. Through the complex picture of family, religion, sex, love and redemption is a glowing wit and a vibrant flavor like the blue pattern of a TV screen. This book has everything from parents and love to religion and the weird oddities of life. The author probes every angle with precision. And with a penchant for a zoom lens to focus on the fluid and clever situations. I think it was quite an entertaining and a fun read.
Frankly, I couldn't figure out how this book ever got through an editorial process and have come to believe that it must not have been edited at all. You will have a hard time finding a single paragraph that meets the standards of a high school English teacher, let alone the normal standards of professional writing.
Although the author has a wonderful imagination and a good *idea* for a story, the writing standards presented here represent the triumph of illiteracy.