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A Father's Son Paperback – July 29, 2013
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About the Author
Richard Harris was born in Toronto, Canada in 1974. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at McGill University in 1996, he moved to South Korea, where he lived for 10 years. He returned to Toronto in 2009. A Father’s Son (2013) is Richard Harris’s first novel, but he is also the author of two full-length non-fiction books, Roadmap to Korean (2003) and Faces of Korea (2004), and four published short stories. In 2012, he received a Toronto Arts Council grant (Level II) for A Father’s Son.
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Well I should start by saying that I hate the author. Why? Because he made me cry so bad towards the end of the book that even after I have completed it, I m still teary eyed and have a empty box of tissues in front of me and in desperate need of another one because the damn tears won’t stop flowing. In my entire reading spree I do not reckon a circumstance where I have actually got emotionally lost in the book that I kept crying and crying even when I m writing the review.
There is a strange thing I noticed with this book. I saw the growth of the author as a writer, if I may say so. With prior apologies in order, let me start with the fact that the book started with a choppy narration and an irregular flow. There was no smooth transition from one incident to another or cutting you from present to something in the past in a silky way. But then eventually through the development of the chapters, I started noticing the track of the book getting a steady pace unlike the initial chapters. It became sort of more organized. Of course I understand that there is always a scope for improvement and I actually see the potential.
Towards the last chapters the author had started tugging all the weak and emotional places and I still do not remember reading the final chapter thoroughly as I was too choked up and Niagara falls were flowing throughout. It was emotionally spot-on striking the perfect chords and in fact not many can do that. There are only few words in the last chapters but it was enough for me to end up in tears and leaving the book with a heavy heart. The characters of the book are one of the brightest asset of the book. Each one and no matter how long they appear are fully developed and perfectly able to resonate with you. I totally fell in love with the character of “ The father” who came across as a powerful reason to read the book. The character development is brilliant in my opinion
I have always boasted of my ability to not to be a emotional wreck and holding my tears perfectly balanced to the extent of being called robot ( ok that was too much may be….but you get the point )but this book totally destroyed that reputation
The book actually made me want to go back and spend time with my dad and actually made me visualize my relationship with him in a new perspective. It showed me how in my years of growing up I have actually taken granted the love and care of my father so easily and the book actually gave a very valid point that “ the people in our lives are not going to there forever and we should squeeze in whatever time we could to reap the best of memories”
Oh s*** and here goes my tears again….Somebody hand me a tissue before I short-circuit my keyboard.
Let’s be honest the book has its shortfalls with a choppy narration and irregular flow in the story towards the beginning but just like a wine, as you go through the book, it gets better and by the end of it if you are a human being with all your emotional abilities intact, you will shed bucket loads of tears. The last chapter of the book left me crying and gasping for air. The author has definitely got the skills to tug people’s heart. This book made me revisit my relationship with my dad and believe it or not wanted to actually go and hug him.
A zillion times thanks to the author, Richard Harris, for giving me the opportunity to read and review his book, in return for an honest and unbiased review.
This is about a normal 14-year old teenage boy, Justin, a very talented ice-hockey player, whose mother got recently arrested. He moves back in with his estranged dad, who is suffering from alcoholism, and with no means of income. The only common bond they share is Justin's passion for playing ice-hockey. His father tries hard to stand up to his son in every possible way; he even warms up to Justin's girlfriend, almost immediately. When Justin had a hard time in his home, with his dad, he used to crash over his friend's house, who's mom is like his very own mom and always used to praise him and took care of him. We see Justin's bravest side, when his father suffers from very terrible situations and how Justin stands up in those situations.
Indeed a very heart-touching story that will grasp you from the very beginning of the son's painful journey.
The author has spun the story so marvelously and intelligently. This book is set in the 80s in Toronto, Canada and the author has vividly made that time alive in front of our eyes. The book has got every element of history, the then culture of Canada and also a bit of romance, which makes the book a perfect read on the Father's Day. Also this book deals with the teenage issues and those hard times and complications between a teenager and his father. The characters are very appealing and are quite strong enough to make an impact on our minds, especially, the character of Justin, who is brave, and in a way, insecure and has also got some raw talent. His relationship with his father is what makes this book more interesting as well as compelling.
In a nutshell, a perfect Father's Day gift and of course a must read, in the honor of the fathers all over the world.
He's a good ice hockey player, and this is where his father supports him at his best. He drives him to matches and cheers from the sides. When Justin gets a girlfriend, his father is at his most charming.
While I read about the poor conditions that Justin lives in, it didn't really hit home until I read the reactions of the people around him: they were happy to help in any way, more than they would an average boy with a standard family. I thought this was written so well. Especially the friend's mother and a police officer never judge, but are always there for him.
The love story builds up really well - Abi is his first girlfriend and he keeps wondering whether she'll dump him any time soon. But she admires the junior hockey star, so how could she? When his father's situation deteriorates, Justin has to make some important choices.
I loved how Justin, at 14, was portrayed as an insecure boy who is brave enough to do the things he needs to do to keep going. Public speaking, getting a very early morning job, phoning his girlfriend when he thought they might be breaking up, getting in touch with his mother. An understated hero.
The New World Order and pop culture from the description don't ring a bell. Is it the same book? :-) It did not make a great impact on the story.