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My father's fortune : a life

Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Michael Frayn; Tommy Frayn; Michael Frayn; Tommy Frayn
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Frayn
ISBN: 9780805093773 080509377X
OCLC Number: 613431971
Description: 273 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
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.
Responsibility: Michael Frayn.

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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.

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