The fact that it is a memoir allows for reflection and reminiscent tone and an understanding of events. It allows Gaita to look back on memories from his childhood and see htem in a new light, the text could most definatly be considered sometimes romanticised.

It's written in retrospect - eulogy, this purpose is clearly exposed in the Gaita clearly makes the book about his father with little information about his personal life later, all/most events involve Romulus.

The book focuses on events that illustrate his fathers temperament and allows an evaluation of Romulus and Gaitas' bond

It has a certain lyrical quality, which is evident in his lush landscape imagery.

The lack of dialogue and direct quotes allow the responder to feel more included within the text

The simplistic/ precise and effective language/ description and the fact that Gaita does not embellish events to much which makes the book an easy, simple and beutiful read communicating the main ideas a lot clearer.

Symbolism and motifs present through out the book - mental illness, setting, connection with animals and land, family

Central irony - the memoir allows Gaita to attempt to search for his own identitym autobiographical

analytical and rather detached - philosophical, Gaitas personal context (a main contributer to ones sense of belonging) influences his approach to writing the novel. - Gaitas level of education is evident and conversations rarely border on colloquial

Bees are suicide bombers. They take down a bunch of people in the process of taking themselves down. This is paralleled to Mitru and Christina, also suicide bombers. They fuck up Raimond's upbringing and Hora + Romulus' cashflow and then kill themselves. Harsh but true.

• Bees are hard workers. Romulus and maybe Hora are hard workers. They both work all day with very strict regime/morals. Raimond is the queen bee. He is spoiled eg Hora's oranges, which Christina goes and eats, which is pretty funny. Romulus...