Last Rites: The Death of William Saroyan by Aram Saroyan, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
LAST RITES: The Death of William Saroyan

LAST RITES: The Death of William Saroyan

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by Aram Saroyan
     
 

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Given word that their difficult famous father is dying, brother and sister embark on an eleventh-hour struggle to heal a shattered family. "A daring and unusual book," writes the New York Times. "Perhaps the best essay ever written about learning to replace judgment with compassion and rejection with understanding." –Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, author of On Death and

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Given word that their difficult famous father is dying, brother and sister embark on an eleventh-hour struggle to heal a shattered family. "A daring and unusual book," writes the New York Times. "Perhaps the best essay ever written about learning to replace judgment with compassion and rejection with understanding." –Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, author of On Death and Dying.

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ISBN-13:
2940013963276
Publisher:
An Air Book
Publication date:
02/18/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Aram Saroyan's books available on nook include Rancho Mirage: An American Tragedy of Manners, Madness and Murder; Trio: The Intimate Friendship of Oona Chaplin, Carol Matthau, and Gloria Vanderbilt; Last Rites: The Death of William Saroyan; Genesis Angels: The Saga of Lew Welch and the Beat Generation; Artie Shaw Talking; My Own Avedon: A Memoir with Photographs; and The Street: An Autobiographical Novel. His Complete Minimal Poems received the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. His most recent book is Door to the River: Essays and Reviews from the 1960s into the Digital Age.

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LAST RITES: The Death of William Saroyan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People tend to see their literary idols through rose colored glasses as if they can do no wrong. However, and perhaps due to the early trauma in his own childhood, William Saroyan, ended up being an emotionally abusive and manipulative father towards his two kids. This book deals with how one goes about reconcilling the trauma, when the abusive parent is terminally ill and not expected to recover or live long. It is a powerfull testiment to dysfunctional family dynamics and the children's tentative and fearful attempts at some form of reconcilliation, which they get, though perhaps not exactly in the way they wanted, and without the last minute apologies, some abusers give but don't mean, or don't give at all, leaving the kids with massive guilt and pain. I truly feel sad, particularly for Aram, but am glad he was able to have some closure with his father's death. Thankfully, he turned out to be a good husband and father, which is something his father could not teach him because he did not know due to Aram's grandfather's very early death.