My Father and Myself, Paperback

My Father and Myself Paperback

4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 280 pages, port.
  • Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780940322127



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Perhaps the best of the three Ackerley books I've read, certainly the most forthright. The book is almost built around revelation, but Ackerley seems to know that his revelations are insufficient to carry the narrative, and so he resorts to a welcome introspective candor that stops well this side of being overwhelming. It's dedicated to Tulip.

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The book is an account and analysis of the distant but cordial relationship between the author and his father. As such it is forthright, honest, and painful for the opportunities for closeness missed. Through a series of revelations, it's clear that the father has led a secret life which adds to the father/son distance. The author attempts to present the reader with these revelations in the same shocking way they were presented to him but his description of his father's early life gives away many of the surprises to the reader. Reading the Introduction first would blow the whole surprise. Wait.

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Understated. Filled something like father crush, but a bit more subtle.