Human Happiness

Human Happiness

Book - 2011
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"The last time I talked to my mother, she announced that she hated my father."

So begins Brian Fawcett's compelling new book about happiness and a new way of looking at family.

A public intellectual who will shame the devil in the interests of truth, Brian Fawcett has staunchly refused to buy into the prevailing techno-corporate ethos that defines our culture today. With Human Happiness , Fawcett has taken another leap into unexplored territory. Where previously Fawcett has explored such topics as globalization and the role of the media, this time he turns the lens inward to search for the meaning of happiness by examining the mysteries of marriage and family.

Featuring prose that is often painfully candid and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, Human Happiness is a story-driven narrative centered around the seemingly happy marriage between Fawcett's parents, about how families really work (or don't), about the intergenerational conflicts that seem inevitable between headstrong fathers and sons, and how old hostilities can poison and distort through generations and - in extraordinary cases - can be resolved.

For 25 years now, Brian Fawcett has been Canada's most unconventional writer and public intellectual, a man Paul Quarrington described as our literature's enfant terrible and eminence gris rolled into one. His true gift is for making readers laugh while raising the most fundamental questions that face us. He might be Canada's most original writer.

Publisher: Markham, Ont. : T. Allen Publishers, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780887628085
Branch Call Number: 928.2 FAW
Characteristics: 260 pages :,illustrations


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Jan 26, 2016

Comments on the book HUMAN happiness by Brian Fawcett
A most curious and stimulating book. A direct quotation from the liner notes says it better than I could, “Human Happiness examines two people who endured a 63-year domestic war, and yet were essentially happy people. How could that be? What was their secret?”
I am roughly the same age as the author, and his parents are roughly of the same generation as my parents. I have often pondered the history/relationship of my parents and the resulting dynamics in my siblings. I understand the difficulties in the composition of this memoir and I am most impressed by the honesty and a measure of enlightenment that follows. Some of the insights to his parents were enhanced by the study of the details shown through the digital enlargement of those old family photographs.
The book is totally original and mostly successful. tfc 2016/01/26

Jan 16, 2012

This is a great book-- a courageous memoir by one of Canada's boldest writers. Fawcett tells us the story of his parents, their marriage and his relationships with them (and other family members). But, he is really examining the nature of happiness within families - what is it? has it changed from the post-war years to today? This is a funny, gutsy, thought-provoking, poignant book - read it!

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