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Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son Paperback – January 7, 2005
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HALF THE WAY HOME is a memoir, written when Adam Hochschild was 44. Two interrelated themes predominate: first, his withdrawal (sometimes a little bittersweet) from the world of wealth and privilege; and second, his evolving uneasy relationship with his father. Harold Hochschild was a second-generation German Jew who minimized his Jewish heritage; for a long time Adam thought the reason was a profane drive for assimilation, but after his father's death he came to understand it was more complicated. Harold was extremely generous with his money and was loved and admired by virtually all with whom he interacted . . . except, for many years, Adam. Harold was a very disciplined man and he tended to be controlling and demanding of his only son, so much so that in his youth Adam would sometimes become physically ill if sequestered with his father. To Adam, Harold was forever "Father", not Dad or Daddy. (The servants at Eagle Nest referred to Harold as "Mr. Harold".)
As Adam ages, and as the memoir proceeds, he gradually understands his father better.Read more ›
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an introspective story about how father's and son's relate, or don't. Because Adam is an excellent writer, and well versed in expressing himself, we are able to obtain a better... Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. J. Singer
What a lovely story about a young boy and then man growing up during the tumultuous years of the 60s in a family of great wealth and privilege. The cadence was especially good. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sheila Myers
This was an excellent book that tells a good story of growing up in a prosperous family during the 20th century .Published 22 months ago by Maggie
Excelente trabajo de este periodista, escritor, que aun vive y enseña en una univ de California. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Arturo Anaya Aleman
Superb book. Describes the relationship between a young man (with whom I had gone to high school) and his well off and aloof father.Published on December 10, 2013 by Stephen T. Dexter
From Ivan Turgenev to Geoffrey Wolfe to Alexander Waugh, dissection of the complexities of the tortured relationships between fathers and sons has been a staple of good writing. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by John E. Drury
I thought that the book was very well written with a personal slant on how to find oneself taking into account a wealthy background and the family expectations. Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by Marilyn Klepper