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The Boy He Left Behind - A Man's Search for His Lost Father

Mark Matousek

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"I was four years old when my father came back to kidnap me," begins this gripping memoir about Matousek’s search for James Matousek, the drifter father he never knew. Described by the New York Times as "part reminiscence, part detective story, part spiritual musing," this memoir is more than the story of one man’s search for his father; it is also a look at the meaning of life and how fathers contribute to that meaning. Growing up in a family of troubled women (Matousek’s sister committed suicide when the author was 29), he describes the turmoil of growing up “fatherless in America” – an experience shared by millions of children in what sociologists have called the Age of the Absent Father – and the difficult, ultimately successful, struggle to figure out what being a man really means in an age of shifting definitions, evolving sexuality, and "breaking out the man box" of stereotyping and patriarchy. With the tension of a mystery story, the climax occurs when Matousek meets a man he believes to be his father. But is he? And does Matousek, who has reconciled with his mother as she lay dying, really care? These are just two questions leading to this memoir’s surprising conclusion.

Language:

English

Length:

6h 22m


Chapters

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03:05

Introduction
Introduction

01:09


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

20:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

28:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:19


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

14:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

11:51


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:29