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Father of the Rain: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, May 10, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Its a story, told over some 40 odd years, of a small town family, mostly centered around one woman and her father. It is told through the eyes, and mind of Daley, who was born into a typical uptight, New England family in the 60's, where alcoholism, racism, sexism, and just about any other "ism" you could think of was rampant. We follow Daley from a small child, and her impressions of her life, through teen years, college and post college, into her late 20s, and then into her 40s. The early part of the book sets the stage for the family's issues and Daley's early influences. The bulk of the latter part of the book is centered around the very complex relationship Daley has with her father.
We learn of her father, her mother, their dysfunctional relationship, her father's later wives, the small town gossip, Daley's artificial beliefs, her real beliefs, all told through her growing ideological point of view, and finally, through her maturing point of view.
I cannot describe the absolute natural cadence, language and moods that Lily King has created, as the words on the page almost became real life narrative, like a movie playing in my head where I was watching real life unfold. The stitching together of time, of descriptions, of details small and large, is just mesmerizing. I simply could not put down this book.Read more ›
But for Daley Amory, the main character of Lily King's poignant and at times heartbreaking Father of the Rain, those words are anything but funny. We meet her as an 11-year-old, torn between the liberal and do-good world of her mother and the conservative, erratic, liquor-soaked world of her charismatic and arrogant father. A WASP of the first-degree - rich, Harvard-educated, disconnected - his signature phrase, while lying on his chaise chair, drink in one hand, cigarette in the other,is, "I wonder what the poor people are doing today."
Daley soon learns the rules of engagement with her father: "In my father's culture there is no room for self-righteousness or even earnestness. To take something seriously is to be a fool. It has to be all irony, disdain and mockery. Passion is allowed only for athletics. Achievements off the court or playing field open the achiever up to ridicule. Achievement in any realm other than sports is a tell-tale sign of having taken something seriously."
This could fall into the world of stereotype or cliché - the toxic, alcoholic father and the daughter who tries to please him. But it doesn't. Lily King takes great pains to paint Gardiner Amory - the father - as damaged but not evil. It is inevitable that the grown Daley try to reconnect with him and be the savior, attempting to liberate him from his alcohol dependency...as if that would make everything all right.
Her beau will say to her: "Oh Daley...you want the daddy you never got. You want him to make your whole childhood okay...You've got it nicely cloaked in a gesture of great sacrifice.Read more ›
With a fine eye for imagery, an unerring ear for dialogue, and a firm grasp of the depths of emotion that underlie the interplay between Daley and Gardiner, she creates a novel that establishes her themes about daughters and their fathers, a surprisingly rare subject for fiction. The novel opens on Daley's eleventh birthday, just before her mother leaves her father and persuades Daley to come with her to her parents' house in New Hampshire for the summer. Three months later, after a summer in New Hampshire, Daley returns to her former home to visit her father-and finds him living with someone else, the woman's daughter sleeping in Daley's bedroom.
Part II takes place during a going-away party for Daley in Michigan sixteen years later. Having completed her advanced degree, she is about to begin work in California. Then she gets a call saying that her father needs her. In Part III, Daley is the mother of two children. She has had no contact with her father for fifteen years.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent read - very well written with very well developed characters. a great insight into the effects of alcoholism on a childPublished 1 month ago by helen
However, this is remarkably well written. She kept me engrossed. I highlighted several admired phrases. Her attention to details placed me there with her. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gary Guddy
This well written novel is the story of a father-daughter relationship. The daughter is the narrator. Read morePublished 3 months ago by algo41
Intriguing story of a difficult father child relationship. Sometimes you can't make things work out your way. You have to compromise what you want or lose it allPublished 4 months ago by Time is precious
I guess there must be a lot of readers out there who identify with dysfunctionality, but for one who doesn't it was a chore seeing bad choices continually enabled "in the name... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Warren
This book started out slowly, in my opinion, and I almost put it down. But the writing is very good and the main character is someone who draws you in and you sincerely want to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by kthompson1004
Interesting. My book club read it last month and most enjoyed it even though the subject matter was a bit depressing, ...alcoholic dysfunctional family........lots of drama..... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Suzanne Tractenberg
Well written story of the effect of having an alcoholic father. Focused on one adult daughter's decision not to walk away from him, and later, to do so.Published 8 months ago by ranchreader