Life with Father

Overview

Life with Father was not, for the members of his family, an undiluted pleasure. Set in 1890s New York, Clarence Day's wonderful comic tales of his father, Clarence 'Clare' Day Snr, portray a rambunctious, short-fused Wall Street broker who demands that everything from his family (and other menials) should be just so. When it isn't, all hell breaks loose and an amusing sight it is too from a safe enough distance. Clare is intolerant and tyrannical in his constant battle to harness the world to his way of thinking....
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Overview

Life with Father was not, for the members of his family, an undiluted pleasure. Set in 1890s New York, Clarence Day's wonderful comic tales of his father, Clarence 'Clare' Day Snr, portray a rambunctious, short-fused Wall Street broker who demands that everything from his family (and other menials) should be just so. When it isn't, all hell breaks loose and an amusing sight it is too from a safe enough distance. Clare is intolerant and tyrannical in his constant battle to harness the world to his way of thinking. He rages against his wife, his cook, his horse, shopkeepers, servants and, of course, his children and their inability to live up to his impossible standards. Yet, the more he blusters and rails, the more comic a figure he cuts. Clarence Day's Life with Father, originally serialised in the New Yorker, is a timeless classic of American humour.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899664309
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1981
  • Format: Library Binding

Table of Contents

A Holiday with Father 1
Father on Horseback 12
Father is Firm with His Ailments 19
Father Wakes up the Village 28
Father Declines to be Killed 39
Father Hires a Cook 53
Father Feels Starved 57
Father Thumps on the Floor 63
The Gift of Song 68
The Noblest Instrument 74
Father Tries to Make Mother Like Figures 90
Father and His Hard-Rocking Ship 100
Father Has Trouble with the Land of Egypt 109
Father Teaches Me to be Prompt 121
Father Interferes with the Twenty-third Psalm 129
Mother and the Armenian 135
Father Opens My Mail 141
Father Sends Me to the World's Fair 152
Father's Old Trousers 166
Father Lets in the Telephone 172
Father Isn't Much Help 181
Father Sews on a Button 190
Father and the Crusader's Third Wife 197
Father among the Potted Palms 202
Father Has a Bad Night 212
Father and His Other Selves 219
Father Finds Guests in the House 225
Father and His Pet Rug 234
Father and the French Court 244
Father Plans to Get Out 250
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