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The Good Father (edition 2012)

by Noah Hawley

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Title:The Good Father
Authors:Noah Hawley
Info:Hodder & Stoughton (2012), Editie: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pagina's
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Rating:*****
Tags:American literature, Literature

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I find fiction more enjoyable when an author does not constantly pepper the plot with his personal political leanings and beliefs. That's cowardly and bogus. This novel was used as a vehicle for NH's political views. If that's what you want to do, then do it openly without hiding behind the category "fiction". ( )
  briellenadyne | Sep 9, 2016 |
I received this book free as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
This book deals with the aftermath of a young man assassinating a popular US senator who is set to be the next president of the United States. The boy's father embarks on a quest to try and find out what motivated his seemingly normal son to commit such a heinous crime. Any parent who has ever second guessed how they have raised their children and spent sleepless nights wondering about all of the "what ifs" that go along with child-rearing will appreciate the anguish of the parents in this novel. This book was very well-written, although there were a few times that the author went off course a bit and I was concerned he was not going to be able to bring the story back around, but overall he was successful. This is a fast read, the characters are engaging, and there is just the right amount of historical fact thrown in to keep you interested. Definitely would recommend. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
Noah Hawley has written brilliantly about a subject that few of us consider when a seemingly senseless, horrific crime occurs: the family of the alleged perpetrator. Paul Allen is a renown rheumatologist when his son, Daniel, from his first marriage is accused of killing a popular Democratic candidate for president. Paul is wracked with guilt about this son whom he left in California with his first wife when he moved east and established a new life with a new family. He refuses to accept that his son committed the crime, and attempts to exonerate him using medical procedural approaches that have served him and his patients so well in determining the cause of their symptoms. He thoroughly researches cases of murders and assassinations that have occurred in the past, which adds another compelling layer to this extraordinarily good novel. Paul and his family are reviled by the press, people in the community and his colleagues. The emotional toll on his marriage is compelling and realistic. This is a book I will long remember and highly recommend. ( )
  pdebolt | Sep 3, 2015 |
Amazing.

This is the story of Paul Allen, whose son has assassinated a high profile candidate on the road to becoming President of the U.S. Dr. Allen cannot accept that his son is guilty. He searches to understand what happened, what was motivating his son's behaviour. He blames himself because he had divorced his son's mother and moved across the country. He searches for facts, and for meaning. This is a very moving story about a father's love, and about the society we live in. ( )
  LynnB | Jun 16, 2015 |
Powerfully painful and realistic. There are some things in life that you just can't accept no matter what the reality is; this father can't accept what his son has done. I am currently going through a life change that I just can't accept and so many of the father's tortured thoughts and feelings echoed my own that it was eerie. ( )
  ChewDigest | Sep 12, 2014 |
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An intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his twenty-year old son.
 
As the Chief of Rheumatology at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. He lives a contented life in Westport with his second wife and their twin sons—hard won after a failed marriage earlier in his career that produced a son named Daniel. In the harrowing opening scene of this provocative and affecting novel, Dr. Allen is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and Daniel is caught on video as the assassin. 
    
Daniel Allen has always been a good kid—a decent student, popular—but, as a child of divorce, used to shuttling back and forth between parents, he is also something of a drifter. Which may be why, at the age of nineteen, he quietly drops out of Vassar and begins an aimless journey across the United States, during which he sheds his former skin and eventually even changes his name to Carter Allen Cash.
    
Told alternately from the point of view of the guilt-ridden, determined father and his meandering, ruminative son, The Good Father is a powerfully emotional page-turner that keeps one guessing until the very end. This is an absorbing and honest novel about the responsibilities—and limitations—of being a parent and our capacity to provide our children with unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation.

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An intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his 20-year old son.

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