father figure Author:beverly nicols John Nichols, the author's father and the central figure of this unflinchingly candid autobiography was not simply a hopeless alcoholic: he enslaved his wife and three sons with a calculated malice that extended to all with whom he came into contact. For forty years he dreank, dissipating his fortune, wrecking his home, destroying, to the best ... more »of his ability, the lives of those who might have loved him.
The prime interest of this book is the author's brilliantly recounted story of his determination to escape from a background that threatened to destroy him, and to sae at least some portion of the very many talents with which he had been endowed. Above all, he had to formulate a philosophy of sanity and to create, through his writings, a world in which he and his mamny readers have found consolation and even an echo of laughter. The fact that he achieved it may be regarded as a staggering vicgtory of the indomitable human spirit.« less