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New Ways To Kill Your Mother: Writers And Their Families (2012)

by Colm Tóibín(Favorite Author)
3.38 of 5 Votes: 4
0771084374 (ISBN13: 9780771084379)
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review 1: As a writer this book horrified me and made me laugh out loud. It also made me wonder about which relatives I might have left out of my own books and why! There's a very good chapter on the literary uses of aunts in both Jane Austen and Henry James. Made me think I should use them more. Yeats doesn't come out of it very well. It makes you feel sympathetic towards his poor father waiting for some kind of feedback from his son for his play.
review 2: This was an interesting book of essays about various writers and their family dysfunctions, including Austen, James, Yeats, Beckett, Mann, Crane, Borges, Cheever, etc. I liked it because it was like reading a biography but really focused on family issues and how they impacted the writer's writing. Colm Toibin is a
... moregreat writer, so it was a good just to read his prose. I think that the title of the book is a complete misnomer, though, as it only describes a few of the anecdotes. It could just have easily been called "new Ways to Kill Your Father." less
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You think with a name like that it would be damn hard to be so boring but he finds a way don't worry
I think I should give this book, or rather myself, a second chance - .
Intriguing exploration on how authors are influenced by their family.
Interesting topic, done well.
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