C'mon Papa

C'mon Papa

Dispatches From A Dad in the Dark

Book - 2010
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Ryan Knighton's humorous and perceptive tales of fatherhood take us inside an unusual new family, one bound by its father's particular darkness and light.

C'mon Papa is Ryan Knighton's heartbreaking and hilarious voyage through the first year of fatherhood. Becoming a father is a stressful, daunting rite of passage to be sure, but for a blind father, the fears are unimaginably heightened. Ryan will have to find novel ways to adapt to nearly every aspect of parenting: the most basic skills are nearly impossible to contemplate, let alone master. And how will Ryan get to know this pre-verbal bundle of coos and burps when he can't see her smile, or look into her eyes for hints of the person to come?

But this is no pity party, and Ryan has no time for sentimentality. Tackling these hurdles with grace and humour, Ryan is determined to do his part - and this is where the fun starts. From holding his daughter as she wails into the night to their first nerve-wracking walk to the cafe, no activity between father and daughter is without its pitfalls. In his struggle to "see" Tess, Ryan reimagines the relationship between father and child during that first chaotic year.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9780307396693
030739669X
Branch Call Number: 362.41092 KNI NVD
Characteristics: 250 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Come on Papa

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ksoles Jun 20, 2011

In a way, Ryan Knighton's memoir sings a cliched tune: a father tries to re-define himself in his new role, to capture the overwhelming love he feels for his daughter and to feel contentment in being a "good enough" parent. But Knighton's journey through parenthood is uniquely challenging and impossibly treacherous because he is almost completely blind from retinis pigmentosa,

"C'mon Papa" chronicles Knighton's daughter's birth from pre-conception until Tess turns a year. Deftly blending the humourous and the heartbreaking, Knighton describes attending amniocentesis, walking the busy streets of Vancouver with Tess strapped to his chest, and fruitlessly stabbing at his daughter's face with a soother. Through it all, he remains honest and perceptive, engagingly telling his story without bravado.

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Dec 08, 2010

I agree with Angela_biblio, this book is not as funny as Cockeyed... I would add that it's not as "deep" either. It is a page turner, it's very visual (which is impressive coming from a blind author), but I find it overly descriptive to a point where there's not much left for the reader to do.

thombe Oct 05, 2010

A humourous and very realistic view of parenting and things that as sighted parents we take for granted.

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