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The Shadow Man: A Daughter's Search for Her Father Paperback – April 29, 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Her search takes her to libraries, archives, and her own memory, but what she learns on this journey begins to test her credulity and her view of the man. Her many discoveries included the fact that he was actually an immigrant, rather than a man born in Ohio; he was a Jew who became an anti-Semite; he was a convert to Catholicism who wrote devout Catholic poetry; he was also a publisher of pornography.
In Ohio, where he grew up, she can find nobody who remembers him, or those who think they do, but have negative reactions to him. She discovers many facts that led to her realization that the man she thought was her father was a fictionalized version of a man. She has to decide what to do with this conflicting information.
Even her own mother is not a reliable source of memories, as she is losing hers. She scarcely can distinguish one event from another.
Throughout The Shadow Man: A Daughter's Search for Her Father, I felt a connection to Gordon's quest, in that we desperately need to understand who we came from in order to completely know ourselves. Those defining connections can make or break us.
The first part of the story was tedious and not as interesting as the later parts.Read more ›
Angela's Ashes, in contrast, which is a memoir about the life and times of the author is a lush journey through dark and passionate times. While his life could be construed as pitiful he does not beg for pity. He has painted a portrait as vivid as any I've seen and thus made the memoir he wrote as memorable as any I will probably ever read.
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The Shadow Man: A Daughter's Search for Her Father sketches a passionate portrait of a deeply flawed man, a shabby pornographer with literary pretensions, a convert to Christianity... Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by Andre Gerard
For a lengthy review of this book written by Marjorie Steinfels O'Brien in the prestigious magazine Commonweal, go to the magazine's archives. The review is truly sui generis !Published on August 28, 2007 by cv60
Author Mary Gordon's intimate biography of her father is told as an account of the author's own adventure in researching and recalling the embarrassing facts of her father's real... Read morePublished on March 8, 2000 by Ronald St. John
A reader , July 10, 1997 5 stars A Daughter's Search for Her Father :
This person has got to be an insider!
I think Mary Gordon could benefit from a few sessions with a psychiatrist. Such obsession about her father who left her too soon! Read morePublished on January 26, 1999
I didn't think this book would ever end! The author goes on and on lamenting how her father "lied" to her about his past and then describes how wonderful and loving he... Read morePublished on July 28, 1998
I've read all Mary Gordon's fiction work. I picked this up after a few years on my get this when it's in paperback list. Read morePublished on June 25, 1998
Throughout this book I asked myself "where was the editor?" Not only was it grossly repetitive, but it was also rambling and diffuse. Read morePublished on June 14, 1998