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By John Darnton

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and best-selling writer: a fantastically crafted memoir of his lifelong chase after his father’s shadow.

John used to be 11 months previous whilst his father, Barney Darnton—a struggle correspondent for The manhattan Times—was killed in global conflict II, yet his absence left a extra profound imprint at the family members than any residing father can have. John’s mom, a widely known Times reporter and editor, attempted to maintain alive the dream of elevating her sons in excellent atmosphere. while that proved most unlikely, she collapsed emotionally and bodily. yet alongside the best way she created any such robust delusion of the father-hero who gave his lifestyles for his relatives, state, and the fourth property that John his footsteps into an identical newsroom.

Decades after his father’s loss of life, John and his brother, the historian Robert Darnton, begun digging into the prior to discover the reality approximately their mom and dad. to find who the real-life Barney Darnton was—and partially who he himself is—John delves into turn-of-the-century farm lifestyles in Michigan, the anything-goes Jazz Age in Greenwich Village, the lives of hard-drinking struggle correspondents within the Pacific theater, and the worried loneliness of the McCarthy years in Washington, D.C. He ends his quest on a seashore in Papua New Guinea, the place he learns approximately his father’s final moments from an elderly villager who by no means forgot what he observed sixty-five years prior.

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He came out of it better in every respect than he went into it. Whatever measure of success and fame he afterwards achieved in life was in all human probability due to it. That which would have ruined a coarser nature simply toned him up to the proper level. 26 Dana舗s two-year journey came to a close on September 20, 1836. When he walked down the gang plank to greet friends and family, the sea change was evident, his appearance proof of his weathering. The weak-eyed Harvard undergraduate returned with clear vision and was now a 舠舖rough alley舗 looking fellow, with duck trowsers and red shirt, long hair, and face burnt as black as an Indian舗s舡 (p.

The litany of hard work was broken occasionally by finer moments that afforded reflection. At one point during the lifting and lugging routine of hide-droghing (collecting and transporting hides), Dana found the quiet time to just sit and contemplate the new Pacific world from a San Juan cliffside. And his soul responded. It was almost the first time that I had been positively alone舒free from the sense that human beings were at my elbow, if not talking with me舒since I had left home. My better nature returned strong upon me.

The university overseers voted that Dana Jr. would begin his period of suspension with an instructor living at least 25 miles outside of the town limits. In accordance with the ruling, Dana took up his studies with Reverend Leonard Woods, a tutor at the Andover Theological Seminary. Here, Dana thrived on religious and philosophical discourse and felt much improved in spirit with this sudden freedom from the ordered stuffiness of Ivy League academia. To Dana, this was learning. 舡17 But he also felt energized and inspired from Reverend Woods舗 teaching.

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