Good writing, made me feel like I was watching a movie, some of the comments were really like close-ups in a film. All the characters at the bar were alive, so vivid, that I was actually able to picture them in my head.
The story is very powerful, very intimate - and even though the main character is so affected by the absence of his father, and he mentions this in so many forms during the book, my feeling at the end was that this book was about his mother and about how she was able to do the right thing for her son.
The part about being at the bar, drinking, is what I liked least from the book, I was all the time looking forward to the developments happening outside the bar. A bit too much alcohol for my taste, and too many characters whose lives were affected by it