"There is Only One Father" is the name of a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. It's not very long and is about how the father feels after his mother passes away. He lives alone and feels like a part of him has disappeared, as if that part has been replaced with his emotions of sadness and loneliness. His relationship with his son, Carl, isn't any better.
The only time their relationship is good is when Carl tries to be a better father to his dad than he is. They bond over their shared love for their mother, who was their surrogate father. But, after her death, their feelings of love are just a distant memory. Instead, they've both turned into bitter, resentful, and miserable men. But, in spite of this, they share one last desperate love - the love between a father and a son.
Vonnegut starts off the story by describing how he got the idea for the story and how Kurt Vonnegut felt when he read it. He had recently written a short story called "The Man Who Invented Christianity" which had many similar characteristics, but "There is Only One Father" was something completely different from his earlier work.
In this story, Kurt Vonnegut tells his story to a group of college students. The story is written in first person - as though we're looking at the events from the father's point of view. This helps us get a better understanding of what exactly it's like being a father, even if we're not related to him.
The story is a short one, just under forty pages, and it makes a great read. We get a real feel for the father's emotions and the effects his death has had on his family, and on Carl.
As you can see, "There is Only One Father" doesn't need to be read by an author who knows anything about fatherhood - it's also an excellent piece of literature for anyone who's a fan of Kurt Vonnegut or a fan of a good story. I highly recommend that you give it a read!
I found myself feeling a little melancholy as I finished reading this book because of the father's death. But, it did get me thinking about the importance of fatherhood in the lives of all of us and how much it means to us - and how we can feel a connection with our fathers as our children grow up.
When Kurt Vonnegut wrote "There is Only One Father," he was writing about the most important father that we have. And so, I'd like to thank him for his contribution to my own fatherhood. If you've never read his story, I highly recommend that you do so - and remember that you too can be a father.
Please consider all this. After all, Kurt Vonnegut is one of the best authors who ever lived, and his "There is Only One Father" is a great story.