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Misgivings: My Mother, My Father, Myself

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Winner of the PEN/Voelcker career achievement award in poetry

Misgivings is C. K. William's searing recollection of his family's extreme dynamics and of his parents' deaths after years of struggle, bitterness, inner conflict, and, finally, love. Like Kafka's self-revealing Letter to His Father, Misgivings is a full of doubt, both philosophical and personal, but as a work of
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 9th 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2000)
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Nov 18, 2015 Jessica rated it it was ok
I mostly just kept wanting to tell ckw to get over it and grow up. The writing I suppose pretty flawless, but I'm not sure what it is he wanted to say.
Jan 10, 2008 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful, haunting look at this triad of family relationships. The language is as beautiful as you'd expect from a poet, but Williams also looks deeply at the family dynamic and really examines them, assigning blame occasionally, reluctantly, and never without striving to see his parents first as people.
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I honestly couldn't get past the first 10 pages. Sorry, Charlie. I gave it an honest effort.
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Mar 24, 2008 Mary Louise rated it it was amazing
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This book was painful to read, but glad I did.
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C.K. Williams was born and grew up in and around Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in philosophy and English. He has published many books of poetry, including Repair, which was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, The Singing which won the National Book Award for 2003, and Flesh and Blood, the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Prize in 1987 ...more
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