Together in Spirit

An online reading group ('TIS a reading group!) to bring together friends, and friends of friends, who aren't able to be in a conventional reading group due to constraints of time or geography.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Blake Morrison

I am not at all surprised that this book was filmed. Blake Morrison writes in such a clear, visual style. The clarity of communication he achieved, giving us all the contradictions that made up his father, made this a very worthwhile and enjoyable read. You felt for the teenage Blake, coping with a father who was unwilling to let go and allow him independence. He was such a colourful and at times outrageous personality that he invited great love and probably at times also hate that in death, a large gap was left in the lives of those close to him.

Blake's mother, who became best friends with Beattie after Arthur's death remains a shadowy figure,but the Afterword fleshes her out a little. I do agree with Pella's observation on the comment about writing to those who have lost their father. However much one is prepared for a close relative's death, when they are gone, there is a great turmoil of emotions that have to be experienced before grieving is over. Becoming the senior generation takes a while to adapt to.

For me, the strength of this book lies in the writing style. Clear, simple appropriate language that allows the reader to understand the relationship between these two people is splendid.