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Daddy, We Hardly Knew You

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Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch was a central book in the early feminist movement and established its author as a brilliant--and wildly controversial--figure. Her latest book is her most personal, an acclaimed account of her search to know her father--and, by extension, herself. What she learned changed her views on her mother, men, truth and loyalty, family and love.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 23rd 1991 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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Germaine Greer goes on a search for information about her father, who was absent when she was growing up and distant when he returned. Interesting stuff about family history and being Australian.

I liked this a lot - the history and family stuff was great, and she muses a lot about identity and heredity and family history.
Michael Burge
Damned good writing, this. The second Greer book I have read, yet I get the feeling she was right when she claimed (in 2014) it was her best work to date.

Because of the way she captured her pain and tranformed it - angst about disconnection and not knowing about her father, and the bedrock that comes from 'Daddy'.

This book is the story of one of the greatest social researchers the world has ever seen, and her courage at turning the investigation onto herself. 'Daddy' is merely the prism through
A bit of a let-down, but then that is because she was stuck for research material and as she said, had accepted an advance for the book before writing it. You'll enjoy it if you admire her, but nothing of real substance.
Stanley Bloom
Germaine Greer: Daddy We Hardly Knew You

This is two or three books rolled into one, with a lot of padding and now and again some interesting passages. It could have been much better.

Greer sets out to discover the father she knew so little of. He served abroad for a time during the war, but otherwise she lived at home with him while she was growing up. She loses her focus, however, goes into long descriptions of the travels that took her to far away places where she was searching for evidence of
Beautiful story but the descriptive language of the surroundings became a little too much at times. I was drawn more to the emotional intensity of her exploration and was hoping to hear more about her family and the people she encountered. Less about the flowers, trees, killing of kangaroos (which became so repetitive). But, a beautiful story, none the less.
Roy White
A potentially interesting mystery, in which Greer tries to unravel her father's concealments and deceptions, is obscured by her bizarre crotchets and obsessions. Here is my blog on the book:
A Holm
An interesting story of Germaine Greer figured out what her father did during the war.
Sandy Veitch
I met Germaine Greer at the Royal Exchange in Manchester UK when she was promoting this book. Such an intelligent, insightful woman - a pleasure to meet and chat with her.
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I only read it trough because I always end a book.
The story was boring en just a summary of people and facts. Not my cup of tea.
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Germaine Greer is an Australian born writer, journalist and scholar of early modern English literature, widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the later 20th century.

Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since her ground-breaking The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, turning her overnight into a household name and bringing her both adulatio
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