Daddy, We Hardly Knew You

Daddy, We Hardly Knew You

by Germaine Greer
     
 

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Influential feminist writer and intellectual Germaine Greer tracks the life of her father, an Australian intelligence officer during World War II, who died in her childhood. A secretive man, Reg Greer took pains to hide his working-class roots. As she painstakingly assembles the jigsaw pieces of his life, Germaine discovers surprising secrets about her father, her…  See more details below

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Influential feminist writer and intellectual Germaine Greer tracks the life of her father, an Australian intelligence officer during World War II, who died in her childhood. A secretive man, Reg Greer took pains to hide his working-class roots. As she painstakingly assembles the jigsaw pieces of his life, Germaine discovers surprising secrets about her father, her family, and herself.

Obsessed with family history, Greer is chasing not just her father's life story, but the parental love she always felt deprived of. Brimming with emotion, loss, regret, fury, and the intense depth of love, this book offers a moving climax--as well as sharp observations about Australian culture during the war.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Greer learns the reasons behind her father's emotionally distant behavior and though her narrative ``suffers from purple-hued padding, self-dramatization and a glaring dearth of factual evidence about her father's adult life, it's worth sticking with for the surprising finale,'' observed PW. `` The deeply affecting climax is a remarkable feat of family reconstruction . '' Author tour. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Driven to know if the father who returned from World War II a cold and vacant man had loved her once, feminist Greer ( The Female Eunuch, LJ 4/15/71) follows a trail of false leads and outright lies to know the truth about the man who called himself Reg Greer. To the dismay of her sharp-tongued, eccentric mother, but to the pleasure of herself and her siblings, she finds someone who, concealing his origins in poverty and illegitimacy, rises to middle-class security on the strength of his own wit and resourcefulness. Some of the writing is marred by Greer's fascination with the minutiae of herself, but the search and its results are intriguing. For medium and large public libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/89.-- Christine M. Hill, Free Lib. of Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449905616
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Germaine Greer is a major Australian feminist writer, academic, and journalist. She is the author of The Female Eunuch, an influential feminist work that became an international bestseller in 1970. Her other books include Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility; The Whole Woman; The Change: Women, Ageing and Menopause; and Shakespeare's Wife.

Born in Melbourne in 1939, Greer attended the University of Melbourne and later became involved with the Sydney Push intellectual subculture and the anarchist movement. Later, she became a professor at the University of Sydney and then the University of Warwick and later the University of Tulsa, and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. She was the founding editor of the academic journal Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. She has appeared as a commentator on television programs including William F. Buckley’s Firing Line as well as programming on the RTE, the BBC, and ABC television.

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