My Father's Son
Memories of War and PeaceBook - 1992
It was an era of hope, heroism, and upheaval, a time of tragedy and unexpected humor. Now, through an extraordinary series of original letters exchanged with his parents, along with a connecting narrative, Farley Mowat brings those pivotal World War II years back to life, re-creating his own experiences as a member of the First Canadian Infantry--a division that fought its way up the Italian boot in a series of savage and bloody battles.This continuation of the story related in And No Birds Sang is perhaps Farley Mowat's most personal work to date. My Father's Son is not only a remarkable evocation of a bygone era of innocence and idealism but also a testament to family loyalty and affection--a record of the enduring love between a father and a son.
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"... The most fascinating thing I saw [in Pompeii] was a one-room house on the outskirts, possibly twenty centuries old, that had braved the earthquakes, the lesser eruptions [of Mt. Vesuvius], been buried under a final inferno of lava, remained entombed into our times, and then been brought back into the sun a few decades ago by archeologists ... only to be blown to smithereens by an unaimed bomb that probably was made in a factory ten thousand miles away in Canada or the U.S. The bomb succeeded where the vast rage of nature and the erosion of time had failed. Is there a moral here?" [p. 83]
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