Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son

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Penguin Books, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 197 pages
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"An extraordinarily moving portrait of the complexities and confusions of familial love". -- The New York Times"His story is fascinating, and the portrait of lost childhood offered here evokes one of the archetypal dreams of the American mind". -- E. L. Doctorow

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"One of the most interesting books of the year,'' said LJ's reviewer of this 1985 title. In it, Hochschild, cofounder of the magazine Mother Jones, reveals the relationship between himself and his ... Read full review

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An insightful and complex portrait of a father/son relationship. The father is by no means a monster -rigid and distant but with good intentions. The family is not dysfunctional. The son is given advantages most people can barely imagine. Yet he becomes physically ill when alone with his father and strives to distance himself from the world of privilege he has inherited. However different a reader's relationships with his parents are or were, I think this book provides some insights for most of us. Hochschild's memoir of his journey from fearing his father to moving away from him to accepting him and finally loving him is deeply moving. 

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
16
Section 4
21
Section 5
29
Section 6
40
Section 7
55
Section 8
56
Section 14
122
Section 15
138
Section 16
144
Section 17
149
Section 18
153
Section 19
158
Section 20
159
Section 21
169

Section 9
62
Section 10
74
Section 11
83
Section 12
105
Section 13
117
Section 22
186
Section 23
187
Section 24
192
Section 25
201
Copyright

About the author (1987)

ADAM HOCHSCHILD has written for The New Yorker, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, and many other newspapers and magazines. In "King Leopold's Ghost", "Bury the Chains, " and other books, Hochschild has earned a reputation as a master of suspense and vivid character portrayal. His skill at evoking such struggles for justice has made him a finalist for the National Book Award and won him a host of other prizes.