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Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Peter Balakian

The author of four volumes of verse, Peter Balakian writes with the precision of a poet and the lyricism of a privileged suburban child in 1950s New Jersey. He is shadowed by his relatives' carefully guarded memories of past trauma: the brutal Turkish … see full wiki

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Author: Peter Balakian
Publisher: Basic Books
2 reviews about Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir
review by . May 06, 2013
A powerful memoir that connects the suburban bliss of the fifties to the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
Black Dog of Fate is not the typical Baby Boomer memoir of growing up under Eisenhower and Kennedy, drinking pop and dancing to Elvis and the classics of early rock n' roll. The story at the beginning is very evocative of what life was like in the fifties burgeoning into the sixties - optimistic, carefree, family oriented. All the best early memories of Peter Balakian's life are excellently recalled and controlled; he writes about family, food, baseball, football, movies, girls, school, …
review by . July 26, 2010
Black Dog of Fate is not the typical Baby Boomer memoir of growing up under Eisenhower and Kennedy, drinking pop and dancing to Elvis and the classics of early rock n' roll. The story at the beginning is very evocative of what life was like in the fifties burgeoning into the sixties - optimistic, carefree, family oriented. All the best early memories of Peter Balakian's life are excellently recalled and controlled; he writes about family, food, baseball, football, movies, girls, school, all the …
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