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Our Fathers (Paperback)

Author:  Andrew O'Hagan
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0156012022
ISBN-13: 9780156012027
Sku: 30613056
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  304
Age Range:  NA
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I know nothing of the house I was born in. (from the first line)
Hugh Bawn was a modern hero, a dreamer, a Socialist, a man of the people who revolutionized Scotland's residential development after World War II. Now he lies dying on the eighteenth floor of one of the flats he built, flats that are being demolished along with the idealism he inherited from his mother. Hugh's final months are plagued by memory and loss, by bitter feelings about his family and the country that could not live up to the housing constructed for it. His grandson, Jamie, comes home to watch over his dying mentor and sees in the man and in the land that bred him his own fears. He tells the story of his family-a tale of pride and delusion, of nationality and strong drink, of Catholic faith and the end of the old Left. It is a tale of dark hearts and modern houses, of three men in search of Utopia. Andrew O'Hagan's story is a poignant and powerful reclamation of the past and a clear-sighted look at our relationship with personal and public history. Our Fathers announces the arrival of a major writer.
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A Booker Prize and Saltire Prize finalist, this novel of three generations of Scottish dreamers follows the lives of Hugh Bawn, a socialist reformer, and his grandson, Jamie, who comes to see his grandfather as a mentor as he embarks on his own struggle for social justice in post-war Scotland.
Hugh Bawn was a modern hero, a dreamer, a man of the people who revolutionized Scotland's residential development after World War II. Now, as he lies dying in one of his own buildings, his grandson Jamie comes home to watch over him. It is Jamie who tells the story of his family, of three generations of pride and delusion, of nationality and strong drink, of Catholic faith and the end of political idealism. It is a tale of darkness amidst the search for Utopia. A poignant and very powerful reclamation of the past, Our Fathers is also a clearsighted and beautifully crafted look at public and personal history.
Hugh Bawn was a modern hero, a dreamer, a man of the people who revolutionized Scotland's residential development after World War II. Now, as he lies dying in one of his own buildings, his grandson Jamie comes home to watch over him. It is Jamie who tells the story of his family, of three generations of pride and delusion, of nationality and strong drink, of Catholic faith and the end of political idealism. It is a tale of darkness amidst the search for Utopia. A poignant and very powerful reclamation of the past, Our Fathers is also a clearsighted and beautifully crafted look at public and personal history.
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As old Hugh Bawn is dying, he is forced to recall events in his life, and in the life of his country, that are still a source of sorrow and frustration. And his grandson Jamie, who travels from London to see him, confront his own boyhood and his relationship with his father and grandfather. This multi-generational novel, about father, son, and grandson, takes place in Scotland.

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"[A]n interesting failure of a book that follows four generations of Bawns as they frantically build a legacy and then furiously tear it down. O'Hagan writes spare, lyrical prose that can be solemn and impressive as a hymn. And he attempts something grand in these pages: a novel that's both a public history and a private one....Still, for all its ambition, OUR FATHERS never gels, never rivets, never rises above its morose and mundane plot." - Jeff Giles 10/03/1999

Wall Street Journal
"In this Booker Prize-nominated first novel, Andrew O'Hagan proves himself an original prose stylist, a lord of the language worthy of a place alongside his cantankerous and talented Scottish contemporaries: James Kelman, Alan Warner, Irvine Welsh. Unfortunately, he is less adept at putting his incantatory, quicksilver style in the service of complex characters, a shortcoming that leaves one with a peculiar kind of deflated awe at the end of this beautiful but troubled novel about hope and resignation." 10/15/1999

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0304
Product attributePublisher:   Harvest Books
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