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by Andrew Ohagan

eBook Our Fathers download ISBN: 0571201504
Author: Andrew Ohagan
Publisher: Faber Faber Inc; 1st.paperback edition (March 15, 1999)
Language: English
Pages: 224
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Fb2: 1577 kb
Rating: 4.2
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

For. My father Gerry. And my brothers; Michael, Gerald, and Charlie. Mrs Drake had given me a book to take away to Scotland. The book was for me alone.

For. It had a strange blue cover, the glint of the old woman’s eyes; and the words on the spine were printed in white, the spell of her hair. My book had belonged to someone else, but now it was mine, and it carried the trace of someone else in its tea-tinted pages.

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Hugh Provan was a Modernist hero. This collection of essays tells the story of that period in our cultural and political life. Through the reported essays that first made O'Hagan's name, it's a book filled both with personal story and the power of documentary witness. Opening with a major personal piece examining the journey of Britain and America since the closing of the Thatcher years, it concludes with a piece of reportage telling the story of a British and an American soldier who died in Iraq on the same day in 2006. A fascinating, important and timely collection from a hugely important essayist.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Our Fathers is a powerful reclamation of the past from one of Britain's most accomplished literary novelists. Hugh Bawn, modern Scottish hero and legendary social reformer, lies dying in one of the high-rise tower blocks he helped establish. His grandson Jamie comes home to watch over him, and it is Jamie who tells the story of their family, of three generations of pride and delusion, of nationality and strong drink, of Catholic faith and the end of the old left

Our Fathers is a book about politics, religion, urban regeneration and decay, and identity, both personal and .

Our Fathers is a book about politics, religion, urban regeneration and decay, and identity, both personal and national. Andrew O'Hagan has got inside the psyche of the west of Scotland male and created a story which lays it bare; the anger, violence, repressed emotions, disjointed relationships, unfulfilled dreams but also the sensitivity and love that occasionally creeps through in unguarded moments. There are three generations in Our Fathers.

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Andrew O'Hagan is one of his generation's most exciting and serious chroniclers of contemporary Britain. He has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize three times and was voted one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. He has won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. His most recent novel is The Illuminations (2015).

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The theme of this Scottish Catholic novel is the collision of the old Scotland of municipal socialism and the new. That collision is dramatized in the story of the narrator's grandfather, an ambitious but misguided social improver.
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I became aware of Andrew O'Hagan when my husband brought The Illuminations (his most recent book) home from the library. I loved it! O'Hagan is also a poet and it is evidenced in his style. I wanted more so I bought Our Fathers. Brilliant! The writing is so beautiful it is heartbreaking in this story of three generations of a family in Scotland. The familiar story of the "generation gap" is told with such grace, human understanding that I had to close the book at times and just sigh with the beauty of it. If you love Sebastian Barry you will love Andrew O'Hagan. Both have a way of telling human stories that we all can relate to with such a marvelous sense of choosing the right words that is awe-inspiring.
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"Our Fathers" tells the story of the last few weeks in the life of Hugh Bawn, a once-powerful local politician. Bawn, an idealistic Socialist, was during the fifties, sixties and early seventies, the chairman of Glasgow City Council's Housing Committee, and was responsible for building the tower blocks which at the time were seen as the answer to the city's perennial housing problems. At the time when the book is set (the mid-nineties), however, Bawn is a sick and dying old man, living in a flat in one of his own blocks. He is visited by Jamie, his grandson whom he has not seen for many years. Ironically Jamie, who now lives in England, is a demolition contractor who makes his living by demolishing blocks of the type that his grandfather was instrumental in building. The story is mostly told from Jamie's viewpoint, although there are also passages of third-person narrative filling in the details of Hugh's past life. Besides narrating what occurs during the three months or so that he spends in Scotland with his grandparents, Jamie also tells of his own past, particularly his miserable childhood at the hands of his brutal, alcoholic father, Hugh's son Robert.
The book raises a number of interlinked questions concerning the conflict between idealism and pragmatism, the conflict between the desire for change and the desire to preserve the past and the conflict between the generations. Building, of course, is frequently used, especially by the political Left, as a metaphor for effecting social or political change, in phrases such as "building the future" or "building a new society". Hugh sees himself as a builder in both the literal and the metaphorical senses of the word. His quarrel with Jamie's generation is that they are, both literally and metaphorically, demolishing what his generation built. In Hugh's eyes modern politicians, both Conservative and New Labour, are undoing the social reforms of the past.
There is no doubting the sincerity of Hugh's desire for social reform, rooted in his own impoverished Glaswegian childhood. Nevertheless, his plans to improve the world have proved less successful than he hoped. The buildings he constructed are unpopular with those who have to live in them and with the wider public who regard them as eyesores. At the end of his life, he finds himself under attack, accused of cutting corners and using cheap materials in his zeal to build as many housing units as quickly and as cheaply as possible. It always struck me that the attraction of the high-rise tower block to the planners, architects and housing officials of the third quarter of the twentieth century stemmed less from a sober calculation of its benefits and disadvantages than from an emotional commitment to "modernity" for its own sake. From their perspective, the main advantage of the tower-block was precisely that it was radically different from any form of housing that had preceded it. Today, it is the tower blocks themselves that look like outdated relics of a bygone age, far more than do conventional houses built during the same period. Nothing dates more quickly than yesterday's view of tomorrow.
As one might expect with a book dealing with the dying days of an old man, there is little in the way of dramatic action. Mr O'Hagan's main concern is with his characters'- especially Jamie's- thoughts and feelings. In some ways it struck me, despite its length of nearly three hundred pages, as being closer to a long short story than to a traditional novel. In places it can seem static, but overall there is, nevertheless, a sense of movement, as Jamie comes closer to reconciliation with his grandfather and a partial understanding of what the old man and his contemporaries were trying to achieve. There is also a sense that Jamie is moving closer to forgiving his own father, whom he meets again at Hugh's funeral.
The writing struck me as uneven. Mr O'Hagan has a good eye for the details of modern urban life, and conveys the beauty of the Scottish landscape in some of the finest passages in the book. On the other hand, some of the lengthy dialogues tended to drag, as did passages such as the description of Hugh's funeral. I was both fascinated and frustrated by the characters, especially the flawed idealist Hugh- frustrated in that I found myself wanting to know much more about his previous life than I was actually told. I wanted to know more about his childhood, his time as Glasgow's "Mr Housing" and his relationship with his own son Robert. I wanted to know why the son of an idealistic reformer should have become a cynical, drunken ne'er-do-well. (There is a hint, not fully developed, that Hugh was too preoccupied with political affairs to have much time for his family). If Mr O'Hagan is considering writing a sequel, there is certainly enough material here for a second novel.
Although this is not a great novel, it is both a readable and an interesting one, introducing an fascinating character and touching upon such major topics as religion (Hugh and his wife are devout Catholics), the decline of traditional Socialism, the clash between ideals and reality, the Scottish national identity, the relationship between the generations and the burden of inheritance.
"Our Fathers" takes place in Scotland, and written from the point of view of Jamie, grandson of Hugh Bawn. Jamie escaped the violence and alcoholism of his parents' home to live with his grandparents when he was a teenager. Hugh's relationship with his son, Jamie's father, was strained and Jamie didn't even speak to his parents for years after moving out. The squalor and futility of Jamie's parents' lives is depressing and all too real.

However, I couldn't finish the book to find out whether these relationships were ever healed or resolved. I found the writing style just too tiresome to slog through at times. The terse, staccato style with too many incomplete sentences and paragraphs just left me frustrated and wondering "what is he trying to say?" The Scottish slang and phrases and too many metaphors also left me puzzled at times. Here's an example from page 44 of the book:

"My thirst for the sea. I know of a home I have never known. A liquid bed by some easy beach. I know it well in my sleep. The coast is unclear. The landmarks are ruined or new. Yet water knows nothing of nations. It is called after them - is claimed by them - but water is only itself. The pure green sea in my dreams is all the world I have ever known. Any yet I have never been there. It is only water. It is only a dream. And still I drown there each night in my sleep. And still I look out for the coast as I wake."

What does this really mean? I guess I'll never know, because I couldn't finish the book.