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I'm Your Father, Boy is about the early years-the 1940s and 1950s-of a distinctive relationship between the author, Ezra Griffith, and his Barbadian father, Vincent Griffith. Father and son nurtured their first interactions in Alethaville, the family residence that was located in Station Hill, one of those villages in Barbados whose special culture is being eroded with time. It was in this colonial Caribbean island that the father's identity was rooted.
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I'm Your Father, Boy is about the early years-the 1940s and 1950s-of a distinctive relationship between the author, Ezra Griffith, and his Barbadian father, Vincent Griffith. Father and son nurtured their first interactions in Alethaville, the family residence that was located in Station Hill, one of those villages in Barbados whose special culture is being eroded with time. It was in this colonial Caribbean island that the father's identity was rooted.
Not surprisingly, therefore, it was an event of single proportions when the family moved to New York City in 1956. These transnational migrations always induce stress, as much as they create novel opportunities for the immigrants.
In retrospective contemplation, the author celebrates his father's life and a relationship so powerfully linked to things Barbadian. He also laments the fact that the important memories attaching him to his father cannot survive the impact of time's passing and the newfangled adjustments forced on us all by modernization and globalization.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781587364211
  • Publisher: Wheatmark
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    Fathers, sons, and culture

    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.

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