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2.0 out of 5 starsNot worth the purchase
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020
The various article didn't flow well and lacked any transition to making sense of how they fit together. Individually they may have had value but to present as a book I'd expect the author to elaborate more instead of throwing things together with seemingly no additional narration or culminating thoughts.
5.0 out of 5 starsFathers Were Once Sons Themselves
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2018
I admire Michael Chabon’s writing and enjoyed the reflections on fatherhood—the writer’s own fatherhood as well as his relationship to his own father (would that be a reflection on sonhood?). I gave this essay collection as a Father’s Day gift to my brother, who is father to three sons. I was delighted when he told me how much he enjoyed this book, so much so that he’s looking for other books by Chsbon to read. (I recommended The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.)
A delicious series of essays on fatherhood, small book, quick read. But the writing it all Chabon: complex, sensitive, and composed with the care of a sonata. I love this man. The essays are touching and witty and embroider the heart of the intimate permutations of fatherhood and son-hood.
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2018
I enjoyed this book in the limited capacity that it has to offer the reader. There really is no story It is just the author's poignant reminiscences of his children and the memories that led to a deeper understanding of their character. That said as a mother and a grandmother it allowed me the guilty pleasure to revisit my own episodes that meant so much to me That was joyful in and of itself
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2018
In addition to being a great fiction writer, Chabon's essays are thoughtful, moving, and a joy to read. I've recommended this to everyone, not just men, because there are lessons here for anyone who has children, male or female.
I haven't actually read this book. After reading reviews, I bought it as a Father's Day gift for my brother. It arrived in time, and a week later, my brother called to thank me, said it was a great book and he was sharing it with some of his co-workers who are also Dads and teachers.
A slender book of essays on fatherhood by my favourite author. I only wish this had been longer. Warm, witty and wise, each piece has something recognisable to say about parenthood and says it in such a way that will bring a smile to the face or a tear to the eye. Ah, Michael Chabon, how wonderfully you write…
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother winner from Michael Chabon!
Reviewed in Canada on June 3, 2018
What a fantastic read! Michael Chabon's sublime skill with written language comes through again. Being a father in a similar demographic with the author probably didn't hurt, but it was all good stuff. Highly recommended!!