A Mother's Tale (21St Century Essays)

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In 1984, Phillip Lopate sat down with his mother, Frances, to listen to her life story. A strong, resilient, indomitable woman who lived through the major events of the twentieth century, she was orphaned in childhood, ran away and married young, and then reinvented herself as a mother, war factory worker, candy store owner, community organizer, clerk, actress, and singer. But paired with exciting...

Series: 21st Century Essays
Hardcover: 196 pages
Publisher: Mad River Books; 1 edition (January 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780814213315
ISBN-13: 978-0814213315
ASIN: 0814213316
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 732336
Format: PDF ePub Text djvu book

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I agree with "Susan" that Lopate does a masterful job conveying both his affection for and frustration with his mother. And she is a most interesting character who generates affection and frustration on the part of the reader and who, like all of us...

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are the criticisms of the husband who couldn’t satisfy her, the details of numerous affairs and sexual encounters, and, though she succeeded at many of her roles, accounts of how she always felt mistreated, taken advantage of. After the interviews, at a loss for what to do with the tapes, Lopate put them away. But thirty years later, after his mother had passed away, Lopate found himself drawn back to the recordings of this conversation. Thus begins a three-way conversation between a mother, his younger self, and the person he is today.Trying to break open the family myths, rationalizations, and self-deceptions, A Mother’s Tale is about family members who love each other but who can’t seem to overcome their mutual mistrust. Though Phillip is sympathizing to a point, he cannot join her in her operatic displays of self-pity and how she blames his father for everything that went wrong. His detached, ironic character has been formed partly in response to her melodramatic one. The climax is an argument in which he tries to persuade her—using logic, of all things—that he really does love her, but is only partially successful, of course.A Mother’s Tale is about something primal and universal: the relationship between a mother and her child, the parent disappointed with the payback, the child, now fully grown, judgmental. The humor is in the details.