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article imageReview: JJ Lee's 'The Measure of A Man' weaves a memorable tale of a man Special

By KJ Mullins     Feb 17, 2012 in Entertainment
JJ Lee's book "The Measure of A Man The Story of a Father, A Son and A Suit" takes readers on the journey of understanding a father with each thread and seam altering his suit.
As Lee tailors his story, the history of the suit comes alive, bringing an understanding of how the modern wool suit is still in fact a suit of armor, like the first suits were.
Today's armor shields modern man allowing them to conform to their environment, much the way the knight's metal garb protected them from their trials on the battlefield.
Lee's goal is to reconstruct his father's suit into a garment that he could wear that shared the DNA thread of his father.
John Lee, JJ's father, was not an easy man to know for the carefree boy. Visions of his mother's abuse and his father's battles with the bottle had given him only half a picture of the man his father was. Memories that had hidden their way in the back of his subconscious were re-examined with the eyes of a grown man.
The Measure of A Man
The Measure of A Man
Lee sought solace as an apprentice at Modernize Tailors in Vancouver's Chinatown learning lessons at the side of the elderly master, Bill Wong.
The Measure of a Man weaves through the life of his father John Hing Foon Lee as gracefully as his words tell the history of the suit. John Lee's life of success and failure leaves readers understanding the painful separated path of a father and son.
Love is not an easy road, but along the way of discovering his father one thread at a time JJ Lee gives honour to a man that lived too short and painful a life.
The Measure of A Man is on the shortlist for The 2012 Charles Taylor Prize.
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