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Misgivings: My Mother, My Father, Myself

by Williams, C. K.

  • ISBN: 9780374199845
  • ISBN10: 0374199841

Misgivings: My Mother, My Father, Myself

by Williams, C. K.

  • List Price: $21.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Publish date: 12/01/2005
  • ISBN: 9780374199845
  • ISBN10: 0374199841
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Description: Misgivings is C. K. Williams's searing recollection of his family's extreme dynamics and of his parents' deaths after years of struggle, bitterness, and inner conflict. Like Kafka's self-revealing Letter to His Father, Misgivings is full of doubt, both philosophical and personal, but as a work of art it is sure and true.

Williams's father was an "ordinary businessman" -- angry, demanding, addicted to the tension he created with the people he loved; a man who could read the Greek myths aloud to his son yet vowed never to apologize to anybody. His mother was a housewife, a woman with a great capacity for pleasure, who was stoical about the family's dire early poverty yet remained affected by it even when they became well-off. Together, these two formed what Williams calls the "conspiracy that made me who I am". His account of their life together and their deaths -- his father's with suicidal despair, and his mother's with calm resignation -- is a literary form of the reconciliation the family achieved at the end of his parents' lives. And as literary form it is novel, a series of brilliant short takes, a double helix of experience and recollection. Few contemporary writers have understood their origins so acutely, or so eloquently.

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