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What We Lost: Based on a True Story (vuoden 2003 painos)

– tekijä: Dale Peck (Tekijä)

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In the haunting new book by the acclaimed author of Now It's Time to Say Goodbye, a young man must choose between his troubled family and the new home he loves. Dale Peck, Sr., grew up poor in rural Long Island in the 1950s, sharing a one-room house with seven brothers and sisters, an abusive mother, and an alcoholic father haunted by his past. When, at fourteen, Dale is more or less kidnapped by his father and taken to his uncle's farm in upstate New York, the change wrought by the move is remarkable. Thriving on the farm, Dale develops a loving relationship with his uncle Wallace, and for the first time he knows contentment. But when Dale's mother demands that he return, he is forced to choose between his broken family and the land and uncle he has come to love. It is a decision that will determine his future and the legacy he will pass on to his own son. What We Lost is a coming-of-age story that startles in its immediacy and lack of sentimentality. Refracting his father's past through the prism of his own vivid imagination, the author Dale Peck forges a bridge between generations and reveals the dark secrets at the heart of family.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:alsoyouth
Teoksen nimi:What We Lost: Based on a True Story
Kirjailijat:Dale Peck (Tekijä)
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2003), Edition: 1st, 240 pages
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Excerpts from my original GR review (Apr 2010):
- The subtitle, "Based on a True Story", explains the heartfelt writing in this 2003 novel by an author apparently best known for his serrated-edged literary reviews.
- The story is about Dale Peck Sr's cruel childhood, focusing on ages 13-14 and beginning when his alcohol-enraptured father kidnaps and dumps the boy at the dairy of Uncle Wallace in upstate New York. The author's writing about his father's hard-won maturation on the farm, and especially his intimate work with "the ladies" (cows) and all that entails, is at times moving.
- After nearly two years, the mother...comes back into the picture, breaking the heart of Uncle Wallace and returning Dale to abject poverty and abuse.
- The story shifts to present day, as the author retells a kind of pilgrimage he takes with his father, uncovering his father's perilous childhood while discovering the charitable capacity of one particular stranger. An emotionally deep and mostly well-told story. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Mar 2, 2018 |
This beautifully written family story - maintains a level of tenderness in spite of alcoholism, violence, and abuse. In the end, "the boy" makes it through scarred but makes it. Descriptions of farm life and family dynamics remind me of Falkner. If there's a lesson, family counts, even bad families, and hard work pays off. ( )
  mckall08 | Jul 13, 2009 |
This is a wonderful story which continued to surprise me right to the ending. "The boys" time at the farm with "the ladies" was magical and I was mesmerized. It is a somewhat complicated story which never is confusing. Peck is a wonderful writer and this is my second favorite memoir that I've read this year (Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums is first). At the beginning it did seem as though the writer was inserting metaphors in every other sentence and was an annoyance for just the first few pages. Some of the metaphors were very good but it seemed a bit gratuitous and forced. ( )
  mgaulding | Nov 25, 2008 |
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In the haunting new book by the acclaimed author of Now It's Time to Say Goodbye, a young man must choose between his troubled family and the new home he loves. Dale Peck, Sr., grew up poor in rural Long Island in the 1950s, sharing a one-room house with seven brothers and sisters, an abusive mother, and an alcoholic father haunted by his past. When, at fourteen, Dale is more or less kidnapped by his father and taken to his uncle's farm in upstate New York, the change wrought by the move is remarkable. Thriving on the farm, Dale develops a loving relationship with his uncle Wallace, and for the first time he knows contentment. But when Dale's mother demands that he return, he is forced to choose between his broken family and the land and uncle he has come to love. It is a decision that will determine his future and the legacy he will pass on to his own son. What We Lost is a coming-of-age story that startles in its immediacy and lack of sentimentality. Refracting his father's past through the prism of his own vivid imagination, the author Dale Peck forges a bridge between generations and reveals the dark secrets at the heart of family.

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