Father & I
A MemoirBook - 2001
The Irish novelist recalls his difficult relationship with his writer father, who died of Alzheimer's in 1998.
Carlo Gébler's childhood was one of prohibitions: no sweets, no comics, no toys, no friends to the house to play; a childhood dominated by his father Ernest Gébler's belief in discipline and Joseph Stalin. Ernest Gébler was a writer whose novel The Plymouth Adventure was made into a film starring Spencer Tracy. But when Carlo Gébler's mother—Edna O'Brien—eclipsed her husband's literary success, Ernest Gébler convinced himself that he was the writer of her books, a strain which broke the family up. After years of silence, Carlo finally discovered both the truth about his father and feelings which he had not known himself capable of. "You cannot change the past, but with understanding you can sometimes draw the poison out of it."
Born in Dublin in 1954, Carlo Gébler has written nine books, dramatisations for theatre, and radio.
Blackwell North Amer
'You cannot change the past but, with understanding, you can sometimes draw the poison out of it.' Father & I is Carlo Gebler's powerful personal testimony to that: the memoir of his almost impossible relationship with his father Ernest, a man in later life he would learn to love and understand.