By Seth Lerer
“This ebook is the checklist of a fight among temperaments, consciousnesses and virtually epochs.” That’s how Edmund Gosse opened Father and Son, the vintage 1907 ebook approximately his courting along with his father. Seth Lerer’s Prospero’s Son is, as matches our latter days, altogether extra advanced, layered, and multivalent, yet at its center is that very same challenge: the fraught courting among fathers and sons.
At a similar time, Lerer’s memoir is ready the facility of books and theater, the buzz of news in a tender man’s existence, and the transformative magic of phrases and function. A flamboyantly performative father, a instructor and lifetime actor, involves phrases along with his lifestyles as a homosexual guy. A bookish boy turns into a professor of literature and an acclaimed professional at the very children’s books that set him on his direction within the first position. And while that boy grows up, he learns how demanding it truly is to be a father and what sort of books can, and can't, show him. all through those intertwined money owed of adjusting selves, Lerer returns time and again to stories—the methods they educate us approximately discovery, deliverance, forgetting, and remembering.
“A baby is a guy in small letter,” wrote Bishop John Earle within the 17th century. “His father hath writ him as his personal little story.” With Prospero’s Son, Seth Lerer recognizes the writer of his tale whereas concurrently reminding us that all of us confront the clean web page of lifestyles on our personal, as authors of our lives.