By J. J. Lee
FINALIST - Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction (2012)
FINALIST - Governor General's Literary Award - Non-Fiction (2012)
FINALIST - BC e-book Prize's Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (2012)
A son’s choice to change his father’s final surviving swimsuit for himself is the launching element for this strong ebook – half own memoir, half social historical past of the man’s go well with – approximately fathers and sons, love and forgiveness, and studying what it potential to be a man.
For years, journalist and beginner tailor JJ Lee attempted to disregard the go well with putting behind his closet. It used to be his father’s go well with. but if JJ makes a decision to make the go well with his personal, little does he recognize he's approximately to embark on a trip to appreciate his personal previous.
As JJ cuts into the jacket, he starts to piece jointly the tale of his courting together with his father, a charismatic yet stricken Montreal restauranteur whose demons introduced tumult upon his kin. JJ additionally recounts his personal ups and downs throughout the 12 months he spent as an apprentice at Modernize Tailors – the final of the good Chinatown suitmakers in Vancouver – the place, less than the tutelage of his octogenarian grasp tailor, he learns important classes approximately lifestyles. Woven all through JJ’s story are tales of the suit’s personal evolution, illuminating how this humble garment has, for hundreds of years, been the wonderful battleground for the conflict among generations.
Written with nice wit, bracing honesty, and narrative verve, and that includes line drawings all through by way of the writer, The degree of a guy is an unforgettable tale of affection, forgiveness, and getting to know what it skill to be your individual man.
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The merchants' wives in their silk dresses stood in front, their jackets and skirts rustling, crossing themselves with their pink, plump little hands. Their husbands prayed devoutly and staidly. Spread out behind them were a host of hangers-on: old women dressed in black, God-fearing gossips, guardians of the family hearth and procuresses, aunts, nieces waiting for bridegrooms and growing numb from boredom and fat, mistresses, and household servants. Here, too, stood the government officials, the chinovniks, and their wives.
She How It All Began 9 began to suffer from severe depression (melancholia) and lost her sanity, passing into the care of her daughters. Lyubochka graduated from the Institute for Girls of the Nobility but from the very start had to earn her own bread by the sweat of her brow: her father had died, her mother had gone mad, and the young woman was left to her own devices, as were her sisters. Now, although she was of the social group called the raznochintsy, she was not about to get involved in revolution and was always extremely restrained in voicing opinions: over her head there always hung the madness of her mother, whose mind was haunted by arrests, house searches, executions.
The power of the man of the house was pretty fierce. These men were big shots, fat cats who sometimes were rolling in millions, dealers in fabrics, fish, tea, meat, lard, lumber, tar, leather, and hides; the owners of big taverns, town houses, and market places. Their practical business life was in the Trading Rows, the Moscow equivalent of London's "The City": they sat there in their high-vaulted "barns" and dimly lit offices, counting, weighing, and measuring, exaggerating and deceiving, drinking tea from the saucer or sending their "boys" for sour cabbage soup, the favorite drink of those times.
The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit by J. J. Lee