Growing up on a small island off the west coast of Norway in the 1970s, Kjartan Brügger Bjånesøy loved, admired, and took his strong, capable father for granted, believing he would never change. But when the man suffers a stroke later in life, everything begins to change.
In judicious detail, the author chronicles his father’s changing relationship with the world, his own changing relationship with his father, and his gradual understanding of what it means to be a parent and grow older himself.
Authoritative and humble, honest and tender, Dear Dad is an intimate story of the passage of time and the personal transformations each of us must acknowledge, endure and accept.
In "Dear Dad", Kjartan Brügger Bjånesøy writes wisely about what it does to us to see our own parents become old and frail...Although "Dear Dad" is categorized as non-fiction, it is literally at the height of much Norwegian fiction.
With an exceptional precise pen he depicts one of our culture's most obvious role changes:
The time has come to give, more than you get.
I believe in the author, the strength of the book is it's honesty and self-irony, which never develops into banal humor. The deep gravity and the sharp language are of high quality.