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Mr. David's new book, Bader Field, embodies the emotional story of a son's loving relationship with his father—a legendary art dealer whose life is suddenly taken by a massive...
Mr. David's new book, Bader Field, embodies the emotional story of a son's loving relationship with his father—a legendary art dealer whose life is suddenly taken by a massive coronary at the young age of fifty-eight years. His death plunges the twenty-four-year-old man onto the front lines of the family art business, which he had entered a mere three years prior. Battling with his own grief while trying to help his adoring but fragile mother survive, David forges forward with all of the elemental tools his father imparted to him. His journey proves a difficult one, not having yet recovered from the horrific loss of his brother to suicide just eight years earlier when he was found dead on the fourth floor of the Rittenhouse Square townhouse, which was home to the prestigious David David Gallery. His self-imposed obligation is to successfully take the family art business to the next generation and to give his own children every bit of love, kindness, and wisdom bestowed upon him by the unique man whom they will never know other than the mark he left on everyone who knew him.
Bader Field adds significant insight into the mysterious workings and dealings of the art world. David speaks from experience of having been immersed in it all of his life and having lived it from the inside out. There will be a tremendous crossover interest in this book as it combines the elements of an American family, its goodness and its tragedy interfaced with the multifaceted aspects of the art business and flying small airplanes. Bader Field in Atlantic City was the oldest airfield in the country. With little sophistication, its two asphalt runways juggled single and twin engine aircraft exuded a character and charm that created memories to last a lifetime. That is where this saga begins and where it ends as life comes full circle.
Posted October 13, 2010
This book is biographical although that is not its main purpose. First and foremost, it is a plea to young people primarily, but to anyone, that suicide is never an answer. With the suicide of his older brother, with whom the author has had an exceptionally close relationship, much of the early part of the book gives an insider look at how this death affects everyone who knew him. Bruce had everything to live for to the eye of all beholders, but he failed to let anyone into his inner struggles, whatever they may have been.
Too many who are on the edge of this precipice feel that they cannot burden their families and friends with their existence, rather than talking to someone, anyone, no matter how large or small the perceived straw that would break them. They must learn there will be a greater burden, and blaming of selves, than sharing their fears and feelings would cause.
The book actually begins with the death of Sam David, Carl's father, which takes us on the journey of memories and back to the suicide of Bruce as an integral part of those memories. Carl David, through his memories, wounds, and lifelong struggle with "why" and "is it my fault?" demonstrates how much burden is placed on those who knew and loved Bruce. Though few families seem to share the closeness and love of the David family, the suicide did happen. But this is not a sad book, it is meaningful, historical, and brings to mind an age gone by as Carl takes the reader through his memories from the 1950s on. Great memories of days gone by he shared with Bruce, memories of growing up with an amazing bond with his father, a lifetime of good memories.
The sudden death of his father at the age of 58, while on a buying trip in England, once again throws the family in turmoil. This event, as fraught with sorrow and blame as the death of Bruce, almost puts his mother over the edge, adding to the anxiety. But also brings a wealth of memories, although that sadness clings. By this time, Carl has been married less than a year. Some people would call it paranormal, others would call it echoes, or a passing thought, but a feeling of the presence of the two departed makes itself known many times, a feeling of connection, and sometimes a warning.
Aside from the fears of mortality and loss, the book is full of the love, and the closeness this family has. There is the history of the David David Gallery, and the generations who ran it. This is where Carl and his older brother Alan, learned the art business. When their father died so suddenly of a heart attack, the two brothers took over the Gallery. When Carl's boys were old enough to show interest in the workings of the business, they, too, were eventually running the family business. Flying played a large part in Sam David's relationship with his young son Carl, as an excellent pilot with his own Aztec plane, teaching him how to fly. Carl's memories flow on the hours spent with his Pop in the air. His interest in flying died with his father. After many years of not realizing how much time he spent trying to be like his father, and keep his memory alive, he and his wife took to boating, changing the direction of his dwelling on the past. No longer did he dwell, but enjoyed the memories for what they were. Carl chose to write the memories as a way for his sons to know their grandfather, and the gentle, all- encompassing love and compassion he presented. This is perhaps his greatest gift.
Posted June 6, 2009
I had the privilege of serving as the developmental and copy editor for this book. The author, Carl David, is a skilled writer with a superb story.
Bader Field has the drama of human emotion stirred by true events that bring lovable characters to life. Plus, there are interesting historical facts intertwined throughout the telling.
I was not familiar with the art world that is common and everyday life for the David family, but I learned things in this book that caused me to better appreciate all art forms around me--even the art of life itself. I also learned quite a bit about flying twin-engine airplanes, which is a huge love the author shared with his dad. The book is named after the airfield that launched Carl and his dad to the skies where they enjoyed hundreds of flight hours reveling in their distinctive father-son bond.
Even though the book follows a chronological time line, each chapter has an embedded memory or flashback that lands us in the middle of an exciting, tragic, or educational event. Whether a childhood winter moment as the David boys take their dad for the sled ride of his life; or the account of how a famous piece of art was acquired; or the bygone days of the Depression Era when Sam and Flora first met--this book details a heartfelt journey that demonstrates the healing that comes from letting go of the past and living only for what is before us in this moment.
Bader Field allows a reader to see the inside impact that the self-inflicted death of a loved one has on an entire family and how much spiritual strength it takes to move past such devastation.
After reading Bader Field, you will feel as if you have known the David family all your life. You may even feel like part of the family and be tempted to refer to Sam David as "Pop." He might even visit you in spirit!
Posted May 28, 2009
Carl David takes us on a trip through his life following the unexpected death of his father at the age of 58. Through flashback, we get to know his life and the impact his father had on him. The David family has owned an art gallery in Philadelphia for four generations and Carl fears that as he teaches his sons the business, will he be able to pass on the wisdom that this father gave him. "Bader Field" named after a small airport in Atlantic that holds fond memories for the author, is a truly inspiring book about personal growth and the strength to let go of the past and live our lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.