Memoir Of Fatherhood In Craig Lesley's Burning Fence

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The novel “Burning Fence: A Western Memoir of Fatherhood” by Craig Lesley is a detailed recollection of the author’s childhood without his father, Rudell. Leaving him with an unquenchable thirst to be better, as well as a need for a meaningful relationship with his father. As a child, Craig sought father figures, but in his transition to adulthood, he held resentment and anger towards his own. Searching for a connection with his dad, even though, at times he was grateful for his absence. Admitting his father’s lifestyle would have only held him down. Burning fence reveals Craig Lesley’s thoughts and emotions as, Rudell, though never truly present, impacted him throughout his life.
Craig Lesley was abandoned by his shell-shocked father at eight
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I do not hold any anger against him, but I can comprehend the need for answers. The absence of a parent impacts an individual from the second they are gone. Leaving a void in their absence, especially when left without an explanation. I know what caused my parents to separate, but most children do not have that luxury. Causing them wonder why, or what they did wrong, blaming themselves in the process. Craig Lesley expresses the feelings often left behind when a parent leaves his/her child. Usually never really dealt with, so they remain in the background of your decisions. Lesley does an excellent job of exemplifying how most children carry these feelings with them into …show more content…
Through all the obstacles Lesley manages to use them to his advantage. Documenting his experiences and becoming a successful writer along the way. In the novel Lesley provides a clear view into his emotions, opening up completely. Letting the reader know of his thoughts every step of the way. Recounting every event with explicit detail. The abandonment of Lesley’s father impacts him throughout his life, making the subject prominent in the book. He emphasizes the subject through the entire book. Which is understandable, since most children who suffer the absence of a parent goes through many of the same emotions Lesley experiences in the

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