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Romulus, My Father

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by Raimond Gaita
Publication Date: 01/09/1999
2/5 Rating 1 Reviews
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Romulus Gaita fled his home in his native Yugoslavia at the age of thirteen, and came to Australia with his young wife Christine and their four-year-old son soon after the end of World War II. Tragic events were to overtake them. Raimond Gaita has an extraordinary story to tell about growing up with his father amid the stony paddocks and flowing grasses of country Australia. Written simply and movingly, Romulus, My Father is about how a compassionate and honest man taught his son the meaning of living a decent life. It is about passion, betrayal and madness, about friendship and the joy and dignity of work, about character and fate, affliction and spirituality. No one will read this wonderful book without an enhanced sense of the possibilities of being alive.
'Consistently astounding... one of the most remarkable works of autobiography I have read for years, a memoir of absolutely compelling tragi-comic quality.'
Peter Craven, Australian
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  • More personal antipathy than belonging

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    I studied this novel for my Area of Study module, which is bound to turn any student against their assigned text, but it wasn't that that turned me off.

    I found it very difficult to engage with the characters of the memoir, and it didn't really take me anywhere with my understanding of the text and of the concept of belonging.

    The structure was frustrating as anecdotes from the past appear throughout the text, some of which seem out of place, which rendered me quite confused and unsatisfied with the progression of events. It also didn't really lead me to develop a greater empathy for the characters, which was strange because usually I am able to connect with at least one part of a text, alas, apparently not this time.