Last summer we attempted to run a second Reverenced Reading Summer Reading Extravaganza. The book I ambitiously (I repeat … ambitiously) choose was Michael O’Brien’s The Father’s Tale. Yes, I understood it was as large as my dictionary, but oh, the eyes were bigger than my reading stomach.
My sister (who read the book in two days … did she sleep?) had raved about this book. She said I had to read it. Well, I did. It took 10 months of stop-and-go reading. It doesn’t flow like a Tom Clancy novel where action and suspense or the promise of one or the other moves the words along. O’Brien was content to sit and reflect on a situation. That style was new to me as a reader and I struggled through it, because the pace was pedestrian.
And I am glad it was, because it forced me to reflect on fatherhood through the eyes of Alex Graham who chases he son across the world to save him. The chase though moves through snow instead of in two supercharged automobiles.
This was my first O’Brien novel and I love his prose. I love his characters. I love the way he constructed his plot, and I look forward to the next I read by him.
This would be a great book for a road trip or a Father’s Day gift for that man in your life who loves to read.