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Reviewers’ reactions to Losing Mum and Pup seemed to depend largely on the stake they had in the Buckleys and their legacy. Many critics did not care very much about whether William and Pat were actually the way Christopher describes. For them, the book was a refreshing take on parental loss that deviated from the usual clichés. But readers who knew the Buckleys, even if it was only through William’s writing, found parts of the memoir to be petty and unfair, though most still enjoyed the book as a whole. For both groups, though, Losing Mum and Pup fascinated because of the uniqueness of its characters who, despite their reputation as storytellers, are the kind of people you just can’t make up.
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"An accomplished comic novelist and raucously funny political satirist." (Sunday Times of London)
"The quinessential political novelist of our time." (Fortune)
"Read LOSING MUM AND PUP and you'll realize it would have been a mortal sin to have not written this book . . . Because he can write, because he cared and was perhaps driven to it, Christopher Buckley has given us-- and the ages-- something of his parents. Read his book and you sense truly that you know them." (Chris Matthews)
"Christopher Buckley's Losing Mum and Pup appears like a cheerful beacon . . . Buckley's remembrance of his famous folks is refreshingly different . . . What you remember from Losing Mum and Pup aren't the sad endings; you end Losing Mum and Pup dazzled by the Buckleys as people." (USA Today)
"LOSING MUM AND PUP is a subtle, fond, and, above all, honest chronicle of his celebrated parents. This is an important work, at once unsparing and gracious-and that is no small achievement . . . The anecdotes are rich and numerous . . . Buckley has pulled off what eludes many writers: he has written candidly but not unkindly about people whose vices and virtues he sees clearly." (Newsweek)
"Smartly written... an improbably funny book that will hit home hard... Read it and chortle. Read it and weep." (New York Times Janet Maslin)
"Dazzlingly written." (National Review)
"Intense, beautifully written and often achingly personal . . . One suspects that somewhere, beyond all this, Bill and Pat Buckley are very proud of their son." (Washington Times)
"The memoir is loving, exasperated and very funny. In its moments of real ambivalence, LOSING MUM AND PUP is surprisingly strong drink... [Pat Buckley] remains glamorous even when she's impossible... The writing, like the book's subjects, is generally top-drawer. To take but one example: "the elder George Bush "may be New England Yankee blue blood, but he has the tear ducts of a Sicilian grandmother." The yield of such lines is exceptionally high, and it's fair to say that the particular talent required to produce them is one of the few that William F. Buckley lacked. [Christopher Buckley's] own considerable accomplishment is to have emerged from two large colorful shadows as very much his own writer and very much his own man." (New York Times Review of Books)
"There are also many touching moments . . . what's become clear is that the book, for all its hype-oriented excerpts, is really much more akin to Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking than to any of Chris Buckley's own biting and wry prose. And the best evidence that it will do well is that each time one of these damn segments comes out, even if they're all a repeat, we just keep reading them." (New York Magazine)
"Satirist Christopher Buckley writes honestly and with touching humor about the recent passing of his legendary parents." (Elle)
"With characteristic asperity and immeasurable tenderness, Christopher Buckley mourns his legendary parents." (Vogue)
"Whether or not your parents are Pat and William F. Buckley, it's wrenching to say goodbye . . . LOSING MUM AND PUP is emphatically as billed: occasionally about family life but mostly a sad, intermittently angry and ambivalent chronicle of illness, decline and bereavement . . . wonderful detail . . . This was not the book Christopher Buckley was meant to write. But it's the one he had to, and that gives it great punch." (Town and Country)
I do not often review books because even as a writer, I suspect that book reviews in themselves are not a strong point for me. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Howard Adamsky
After reading all of William F Buckley's books, I asked Christopher Buckley which of HIS books I should start with, and this was his suggestion. It was a good, quick read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RICHARD A DOMZALSKI
Not impressed. I am sorry I contributed the price of the book on purchasing this book. I only did so because I was in a book club and the one woman recommended it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by NVshopper
Never thought I'd read a book by ANY of the Buckleys. Christopher Buckley's lot in life, despite being born into a wealthy, well known family, couldn't have been easy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lars Lindberg
A pretty good preview or introduction to something most of us will face sooner or later. Not maudlin, fairly humorous, seems honest. Read morePublished 9 months ago by toilet guy
Whoever might be interested in this egocentric book would bore me.Published 10 months ago by Lawrence H. Gordon