The Dead Father
The Dead Father is a gargantuan half-dead, half-alive, part mechanical, wise, vain, powerful being who still has hopes for himself--even while he is being dragged by means of a cable toward a mysterious goal. In this extraordinary novel, marked by the imaginative use of language that influenced a generation of fiction writers, Donald Barthelme offered a glimpse into his fictional universe. As Donald Antrim writes in his introduction, "Reading The Dead Father, one has the sense that its author enjoys an almost complete artistic freedom . . . a permission to reshape, misrepresent, or even ignore the world as we find it . . . Laughing along with its author, we escape anxiety and feel alive."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - EnriqueFreeque - LibraryThing
Weird. Strange. Surreal. But weird, strange, & surreal can be good. Sometimes. There's nothing wrong necessarily with bizarre. I don't pretend to understand fully the gist of the Dead Father, so don't ... Read full review
The Dead FatherUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Barthelme's odd 1975 novel offers a variety of styles and ponders numerous subjects as it depicts a group of people dragging a carcass across the countryside. For the lit crowd. Read full review