Daddy, We Hardly Knew You

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Fawcett Columbine, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 311 pages
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The most personal book from the renowned author of the landmark feminist treatise The Female Eunuch

When her father died in 1983, Germaine Greer realized how little she knew about him. What had happened during World War II to make this charming but distant man draw a "curtain of silence" around himself? Why had he never spoken of his family? Why had he never shown her the love she craved? In this deeply moving book, Greer tells of the impassioned search she made for the truth about her father--a search that led her to a new understanding of herself as well.

Her quest lasted three years and took her from England to Australia to Tasmania, India, and Malta; through scores of genealogical, civil, and military archives; and into the memories of the men and women who may--or may not--have known Reg Greer.

Yet the heart of Greer's narrative is her own emotional journey, as the startling facts behind the fa ade her father had constructed force her painfully to examine her own notions of truth and loyalty, family and obligation.

Praise for Daddy, We Hardly Knew You

"A big, bold book . . . Ferocious psychic need and volcanic energy drive this combined memoir, detective story and travelogue from first to last."--The New Yorker


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After a delusional friend told me that I would be impressed by The Female Eunuch, I read most of Greer's books attempting to figure out why she is lauded for her intelligence and insight. This ... Read full review

Daddy we hardly knew you

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Driven to know if the father who returned from World War II a cold and vacant man had loved her once, feminist Greer ( The Female Eunuch, LJ 4/15/71) follows a trail of false leads and outright lies ... Read full review


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Germaine Greer's books include The Female Eunuch; The Obstacle Race; Sex and Destiny; The Madwoman's Underclothes; Daddy, We Hardly Knew You; The Change; and Slip-Shod Sibyls. She has had a distinguished career in academia, including as professor of English and comparative literary studies at Warwick University, England.

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