A Good Death

A Good Death

eBook - 2006
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A sixty-year-old man confronts the death-- and the life-- of the father he never loved.
Publisher: Vancouver [B.C.] : Douglas & McIntyre, 2006 (Saint-Lazare, Quebec : Gibson Library Connections, 2010)
ISBN: 9781926706870
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (206 p.)
Additional Contributors: Grady, Wayne
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Sep 10, 2012

Film adaptation by Léa Pool is excellent. The Last Escape (Engl), or better, La Derniere Fugue (French title). Best Canadian film since C.R.A.Z.Y.

Cdnbookworm Apr 20, 2011

The story begins on Christmas Eve, with the gathering of a large family. The father, who has always been a tyrant to his children, is 86 and is ill with Parkinson's. He has difficulty talking and takes comfort in food. The narrator, Andre, is the oldest child and while he has always had issues with his father, finds himself able to take a step back and look at his father's decline and his mother's situation and to think about their deaths. Various family members try to either control their father's diet, in the interests of his long-term health, or let him do what he likes in the interests of his short-term happiness. But how do their decisions affect their mother? Andre finds himself aligned with one of his nephews, teenage William, also known as Sam, in helping his father find a good death.
This is an amazing book and I could barely put it down. I highly recommend it, especially to those with a loved one who is dying.

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