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Specifications

Number of Pages: 96

Genre: Poetry

Sub-Genre: American

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

Book theme: General

Author: Sharon Olds

Language: English

Street Date: April 21, 1992
TCIN: 79623881
UPC: 9780679740025
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-5650

Description

The Father is a sequence of poems, a daughter's vision of a father's illness and death. It chronicles these events in a connected narrative, from the onset of the illness to reflections in the years after the death. The book is, most of all, a series of acts of understanding. The poems are impelled by a passion to know, and a freedom to follow wherever the truth may lead. The book goes into area of feeling and experience rarely entered in poetry.

The ebullient language, the startling, far-reaching images, the sense of extraordinary connectedness seize us immediately. Sharon Olds transforms a harsh reality with truthfulness, with beauty, with humor--and without bitterness.

The deep pain in The Father arises from a death, and from understanding a life. But there is joy as well. In the end, we discover we have been reading not a grim accounting but an inspiriting tragedy, transcending the personal. The radiance and daring that have always distinguished Sharon Old's work find here their most powerful expression.

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