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Lamentations of the Father by Ian Frazier
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Feb 21, 09

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Frazier, Ian. LAMENTATIONS OF THE FATHER. (2008). *****. This collection of essays by Frazier previously appeared in a variety of magazines – principally The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker. They are not all five-star essays, but the several six-star essays easily balance out the four-star ones. Frazier has a sense of humor that you can’t resist. There are a couple of classics in here: the title essay, “Lamentations of the Father,” and “The Cursing Mommy Cookbook” – both of which will leave you in stitches. His pieces are often based on articles or blurbs he read in newspapers, which he then works on with his macabre mind and takes to their unnatural conclusions. He is particularly active with many of the statements of George W. Bush, as you would expect from a master of irony. Frazier has a long list of good books to his credit which certainly should be on everyone’s reading list. Highly recommended.
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