A Lie About My Father: A Memoir

A Lie About My Father: A Memoir

by John Burnside


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ISBN-13: 9781555974671
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

JOHN BURNSIDE has published five works of fiction and nine collections of poetry, including The Asylum Dance, which won the 2001 Whitbread Poetry Award.

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Lie about My Father 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
downstreamer on LibraryThing 22 days ago
It's well written .... but suffers from being episodic and looping. There are times when I get the impression that Burnside edited out certain parts, but still refers to those parts in an oblique way. He hints at things to come, but then fails to follow up with any further mention. It's foreshadowing gone wrong. When it's good, it's very very good. But it was obviously written in self-contained chunks, and those chunks do not always clearly relate to each other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am familiar with the author's poetry and was intrigued to know the personal history of someone so talented. Baby boomers, listen up, most of you will relate to much of this painfully honest story of one person's descent into the grips of drugs and alcohol. There were times when I had to walk away, take a break, and return to the story - of father and son. My own childhood memories surfaced and one may be forced to reconcile their own past through the journey of these pages, just as Mr. Burnside has attempted to do. Be prepared to be angry, sad, frightened and relieved === this book takes you on a rollercoaster ride. I was reminded that nothing, absolutely nothing, is wasted in God's economy.