Comments on the book HUMAN happiness by Brian Fawcett
A most curious and stimulating book. A direct quotation from the liner notes says it better than I could, “Human Happiness examines two people who endured a 63-year domestic war, and yet were essentially happy people. How could that be? What was their secret?”
I am roughly the same age as the author, and his parents are roughly of the same generation as my parents. I have often pondered the history/relationship of my parents and the resulting dynamics in my siblings. I understand the difficulties in the composition of this memoir and I am most impressed by the honesty and a measure of enlightenment that follows. Some of the insights to his parents were enhanced by the study of the details shown through the digital enlargement of those old family photographs.
The book is totally original and mostly successful. tfc 2016/01/26
This is a great book-- a courageous memoir by one of Canada's boldest writers. Fawcett tells us the story of his parents, their marriage and his relationships with them (and other family members). But, he is really examining the nature of happiness within families - what is it? has it changed from the post-war years to today? This is a funny, gutsy, thought-provoking, poignant book - read it!
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