Blog #32: Re-Frayning Michael Frayn

Re-Frayning Michael Frayn

Margo had a good idea yesterday. She suggested that I use this blog to reinforce and amplify my Twitter site. By publishing my Patremoir of the Week tweets as a blog item, I’ll give a much stronger sense of the book I was tweeting from. I’ll create synergy between the blog and the tweets. I like the Dickensian aspect of this: the tweets are my serial efforts and the blog my book. Admittedly, the Dickensian fantasy dims a little when I recall that the tweets are not my own words, yet I’m sure Dickens would have embraced the concept.

Margo’s idea also has the advantage of giving me blogging material on days when my blogging inspiration fails me. If I have time, energy and inspiration, I can also use the blog for editorial comment on the individual tweets or on the book as a whole. Sadly, this week I lack time, energy, and inspiration. Michael Frayn will have to speak for himself. Maybe I’ll supply a few editorial thoughts later in the week.

And now, without further ado, here are the Patremoir of the Week tweets for My Father’s Fortune:

My relations with my father, now I have a little more distance from him, get paradoxically closer.

Fatherly love and pride have evidently quite overwhelmed his usual sober assessment of my potentialities.

I have embarrassed him in public, my father tells me afterwards with rare bluntness.

The dynamics of the family have altered, and my father becomes even more an outsider in the house.

I shall get ever less like my father, and ever more remote from him.

My father’s a good storyteller, and the colleagues and relatives who figure in his stories become characters like himself, slightly simplified and larger than life.

Margo’s idea is already proving its worth. I’ve just been able to type out the last quotation in full. Because of Twitter’s 140 character limit, in the original tweet I had to cut “slightly simplified and larger than life.” It feels good to now give the quotation in full.

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