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New Ways to Kill Your Mother - Writers and Their Families

Colm Toibin

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In a brilliant, nuanced, and wholly original collection of essays, the bestselling and award-winning author of Brooklyn and The Empty Family offers a fascinating exploration of famous writers' relationships to their families and their work. From Jane Austen's aunts to Tennessee Williams's mentally ill sister, the impact of intimate family dynamics can be seen in many of literature's greatest works. In New Ways to Kill Your Mother, Colm Tóibín-celebrated both for his award-winning fiction and his provocative book reviews and essays, and currently the prestigious Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia-traces and interprets those intriguing, eccentric, often twisted family ties. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father, Thomas Mann and his children, and J.M. Synge and his mother, Tóibín examines a world of relations, richly comic or savage in its implications. In Roddy Doyle's writing on his parents, Tóibín perceives an Ireland reinvented. From the dreams and nightmares of John Cheever's journals, Tóibín illuminates this darkly comic misanthrope and his relationship to his wife and his children. "Educating an intellectual woman," Cheever remarked, "is like letting a rattlesnake into the house." Acutely perceptive and imbued with rare tenderness and wit, New Ways to Kill Your Mother is a thought-provoking look at writers' most influential bonds and a secret key to reading and enjoying their work.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Gerard Doyle

Length:

11h 39m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

24:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

22:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

29:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

20:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

21:37


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

27:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:20