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Posted March 23, 2005
I¿m Your Father, Boy is called a memoir, but it has the richness, the fully-drawn characters, the dialogue, and the richness of language that make me think of terms like ¿non-fiction novel,¿ or ¿literary non-fiction.¿ Dr. Griffith lovingly (but not sentimentally) makes his father, himself, Barbados, New York City, and a whole cast of supporting characters come alive. I felt as though I was remembering things I never knew and learning about new things at the same time. Dr. Griffith gets beyond nostalgia to the real place, the real sights and sounds of growing up in Barbados, the good and the bad. He gets beyond the truisms that go with the idea of a ¿clash of cultures¿ to the disjuncture of seeing and feeling that constitutes that clash, straight to the heart of change and shock and loss. It¿s good to read a man writing about his father, and a psychiatrist and academic writing about his religious roots. I¿m Your Father, Boy is a wonderful accomplishment, and a joy to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.