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My father's fortune : a life

Title
My father's fortune : a life / Michael Frayn.
Author
Frayn, Michael.
Publication
New York : Metropolitan Books, 2010.

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Details

Description
273 pages : illustrations, portraits; 22 cm
Subjects
Genre/Form
Biography.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Homburg -- Smart lad -- House of straw -- Duckmore -- Furniture and fittings -- Quick/slow -- Fire resistance -- A glass of sherry -- Child care -- Top to bottom -- Skylark -- Chez nous -- Black dog -- Closer -- Legatees.
Call Number
JFD 16-800
ISBN
  • 9780805093773
  • 080509377X
LCCN
2010025959
OCLC
613431971
Author
Frayn, Michael.
Title
My father's fortune : a life / Michael Frayn.
Publisher
New York : Metropolitan Books, 2010.
Edition
1st ed.
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary
Whether he is deliriously funny or philosophically profound, as a novelist and a playwright Michael Frayn has concerned himself with the ordinary life lived by erring humans, which is always more extraordinary than people think. InMy Father's Fortune, Frayn reveals the original exemplar of the extraordinary-ordinary life: his father, Tom Frayn. A clever lad, a roofing salesman with a winning smile and a racetrack vocabulary, Tom Frayn emerged undaunted from a childhood spent in two rooms with six other people, all of them deaf. And undaunted he stayed, through German rockets, feckless in-laws, and his own increasing deafness; through the setback of a son as bafflingly slow-witted as the father was quick on his feet; through the shockingly sudden tragedy that darkened his life. Tom Frayn left his son little more than three watches and two ink-and-wash prints. But the true fortune he passed on was the great humor and spirit revealed in this beguiling memoir.
Chronological Term
1900 - 1999
Research Call Number
JFD 16-800
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