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Start your review of The Dead Father Write a review Apr 10, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing Time passes and humankind keeps hauling a corpse of dead traditions, customs, beliefs, misconceptions and rituals along the trail of history You are killing me. Not we. Not in any sense, we. Processes are killing you, not we. Inexorable processes.

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Start your review of The Dead Father Write a review Apr 10, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing Time passes and humankind keeps hauling a corpse of dead traditions, customs, beliefs, misconceptions and rituals along the trail of history You are killing me.

Not we. Not in any sense, we. Processes are killing you, not we. Inexorable processes. Mar 30, Brian rated it it was amazing A live wire of PoMo bliss, The Dead Father reads very much like the source for so many books in the genre that have come after. The Dead Father is a monstrous hilarious ribald construct of a thing, and the A live wire of PoMo bliss, The Dead Father reads very much like the source for so many books in the genre that have come after.

The Dead Father is a monstrous hilarious ribald construct of a thing, and the characters of the novel orbit the titular protagonist with occasional collision producing sparks and carnage. The author died of cancer before his own father perished. It is a literary genius, and a Nobel Prize for Literature winner in his planet. He hurls into space aboard a spaceship and lands in England where people speak and write English.

A few days after hearing and reading English the alien says in his own language, of course : "I can also write a great novel in English.

I have never read anything like it before. It Imagine an alien from a remote, little planet in a galaxy so far, far away. It tells a story. In English. But in an out-of-this-world English. Then you ask them to retell the story in this book and I am sure the third world war will start right there in your classroom. Or, perhaps, until I give you an example. The scene as I understood it : two lovers, Thomas and Julie conversing.

Thomas starts criticizing Julie. Julie criticizes back, says Thomas is too self-absorbed. Then she betrays her jealousy about another pretty girl Thomas knew, Emma. Says she had seen him eyeing Emma. Thomas defends himself by saying Emma is goodlooking and, anyway, he and Julie are not married. That nothing lasts forever. Julie, angry, nevertheless takes off her clothes. Julie says he is a fool, but a lucky one because despite everything, she loves him.

With him in the throes of ecstasy, Julie asks Thomas if Emma is as good in bed as her. Thomas gives a non-committal answer. Julie then flicks his balls with her finger and Thomas cries in pain. But how did the "alien" tell this story? Here: "There are some times when you are not too bright, said Thomas. Self-pity monstrously unattractive.

But I am taking action, am I not? I could as well have sat at home, worn the cap-and-bells and bought lottery tickets hoping for the twist-of-fate that would change my life.

Me, me. Have a chew? Everything that is in front of me. Emma is in front of me. Therefore I look at Emma.

It is a fact. A measuring man. You revel in it. The two of us against the is. Fifteen minutes or in the best case, thirty-five.

You are a lucky dog.

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Characters[ edit ] The Dead Father - the eponymous character, a godlike, incarnated image of Fatherhood, being hauled towards a redemptory destination. Thomas - the archetype of the son, a leader of the expedition. Julie - a co-leader of the expedition, a lover of Thomas, a female son. Emma - another woman and another lover, in many respects, another Julie. Edmund - one of the hauling children, a drunk. The Wends - a numerous population of self-fathering indigenes, whose land the Dead Father and his sons are passing through. They are estranged to the notion of fatherhood and prejudiced against it.

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