My Father’s Fortune by Michael Frayn audiobook

My Father’s Fortune: A Life

By Michael Frayn
Read by Martin Jarvis

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing
10.12 Hours Unabridged
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In this memoir, Frayn reveals theoriginal exemplar of the extraordinary-ordinary life: his father, Tom Frayn. Aclever lad, a roofing salesman with a winning smile and a racetrack vocabulary,Tom Frayn emerged undaunted from a childhood spent in two rooms with six otherpeople, all of them deaf. And undaunted he stayed, even through the shockinglysudden tragedy that darkened his life. Tom Frayn left his son little more thanthree watches and two ink-and-wash prints. But the true fortune he passed onwas the great humor and spirit revealed in this beguiling memoir.

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Summary

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Winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize

In this memoir, Frayn reveals theoriginal exemplar of the extraordinary-ordinary life: his father, Tom Frayn. Aclever lad, a roofing salesman with a winning smile and a racetrack vocabulary,Tom Frayn emerged undaunted from a childhood spent in two rooms with six otherpeople, all of them deaf. And undaunted he stayed, even through the shockinglysudden tragedy that darkened his life. Tom Frayn left his son little more thanthree watches and two ink-and-wash prints. But the true fortune he passed onwas the great humor and spirit revealed in this beguiling memoir.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Exquisitely written…Frayn’s thoughtful, obsessive, darkly funny exegesis of his father’s life is a heroic recreation of a vanished world.” Maclean’s (Canada)
“Frayn has never written with more searching brilliance than in this quest for his past.” Sunday Times (UK)
“Here is a son’s proud, gently poking tribute to the remarkable qualities of an ordinary man, if only on the outside.” Publishers Weekly
“A wry, unsentimental, but deeply felt family history… The narrative turns wistful as it surveys the gulf—of temperament, circumstance, and class—that opens between father and son as the author pursues an academic and literary life.” New Yorker
“A beautifully written portrait of a vanished way of life and a fondly humorous, very affecting work of homage and love.” Salon
“Funny when it needs to be, touching when it needs to be, and for the most part is cast in smooth, beguiling prose…A lovely tribute.” Washington Post
“Beautifully rendered and seriously funny.” Boston Globe
“This is beautiful writing.” New York Times Book Review

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Frayn

Author Bio: Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn is the author of thirteen plays, including the classic comedy Noises Off, and Copenhagen, which was named Play of the Year by the Evening Standard and won the Drama Critics Circle award. Frayn has also written seven novels and three screenplays, as well as being a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and translator of Chekhov. Headlong is his first novel to appear in the United States since 1993. He lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 10.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English