Here we see the family Tagge a few years before Bob’s father was to die in a car accident. Bob's early years were dominated by the two self-absorbed parents, who often competed for his attention. His mother, a vivacious and fun-loving free spirit, was often away from home taking nursing classes in Stockholm, frequenting the literary scene over there, as she had a reputation for translating Russian classics. It was during those periods that his father, a temperamental and strong-willed disciplinarian, tried to shape his son's character — and taught him to be a very early reader. Bob later remembered loving both parents during that time of his life but feeling torn between them as a young mediator of their arguments.