by Blake MorrisonWhen did you last see your father?Was it when they burnt the coffin?Put the lid on it?When he exhaled his last breath? When he last sat up and said something?When he last recognized me? When he last smiled? When he last did something for himself unaided? When he last felt healthy? When he last thought he might be healthy, before they brought the news?The weeks before he left us, or life left him, were a series of depletions; each day we thought ‘he can’t get less like himself than this,’ and each day he did.I keep trying to find the last moment when he was still unmistakably there, in the fullness of his being, ‘him’.
That is the first paragraph of the last chapter of this book and it really touched me.Blake Morrison has written a book about his father’s life and his death.That sounds like an old story that everyone has written, but it’s not.It’s not a memory of everything being wonderful or everything being horrid.It’s a story of a relationship between father and son, with all of its quirks, embarrassments, vulnerability, love, bonding, etc.It was a real story, one that most of us can easily relate to.
This book has been made into a movie, which I haven't yet seen but plan to.Colin Firth plays Blake Morrison and Jim Broadbent plays his father, Dr. Arthur Morrison.With those two, and this story, it has to be good.
|Title||And When Did You Last See Your Father?|
|eBook format||Paperback, (torrent)|
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|Book rating||4.56 (427 votes)