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Boy's Life Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1992
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Top Customer Reviews
I try not to use too may superlatives when writing a review - they tend to distract the reader and perhaps even cause them to question your objectivity. But this time I just can't bring myself to care, such is my admiration of the book I read just a few short weeks ago. Put simply, this work is a masterpiece, and it's only when you encounter something as rich as this that you realise how often that word is applied to inferior goods.
One line plot summary - "'A Boy's Life' details the adventures of a twelve year old boy growing up in a small town, being essentially a series of vignettes backed by a tale of an unsolved murder." None of which, of course, would tempt you to read the thing were I not to say this:
McCammon has always been a competent writer, but neither before nor since has he approached the heights he attains here. God knows other writers have come close to capturing the simple magic of boyhood (King's "The Body" makes a fine case study), but McCammon leaves them all in his wake. There really is magic in this book, I swear it - the pleasures and pitfalls of early friendships, the thrill of summer break, the bicycle as a near-mythical icon, the joys of childish things and the call of the future - it's like putting on a pair of magic lenses and seeing things as we saw them before the cares of the world came to spirit us away.Read more ›
"Boy's Life" captures PERFECTLY the mysteries, imagination, adventures and humor of a boy and his friends growing up in a small town when the Beach Boys were number one and there were three channels on tv.
Do you remember naming your bike? Imagining secrets about the grown-ups in your life? Collecting monster magazines? The weird kid who sat behind you and the bully who tormented you? Life when there was a downtown instead of malls?
"Boy's Life" brings these and SO many more memories back to life with amazing detail and accuracy.
Robert McCammon has written THE BEST "coming of age" tail I've EVER read. As good as "To Kill A Mockingbird" but lighter, and capturing the life of the post WWII generation.
I KNEW these people...so did you. I promise you, you'll find yourself (especially you "boys") right back in the early 60s. And you'll laugh, be scared, cry, be angry and smile sweetly to yourself ... Best of all... you'll REMEMBER.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really an enjoyable read. I'm not even a boy from small-town Alabama, but I felt what it was like to be one.Published 12 hours ago by yowlsing
You touched my past life. I grew up in Pensacola at about the very same time. You brought back memories long forgotten. God bless you and thank you for the magic!Published 3 days ago by Clarence L Knighton
A boy growing up in a small town in the 60s. Friends, adventures, and a crime mystery. Very enjoyable read, but sad at times. A life we wish we could relive!Published 5 days ago by Paul D.
This story was very well done.. The writing just flowed like you weren't reading at all, that you were there in the story at the same time as the main character. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Susan Schuler
This author is a true storyteller that can spin a good 'ol yarn with truth and fantasy intertwined into a moral "quilt of life" that is heartbreakingly sentimental. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Rendelle
I really enjoyed this book. It reminds me of how Stephen King wrote about young boys. Of course their stories were different.Published 9 days ago by beverly
I had high hopes for this novel. It sounded like it was going to be about a murder and how a boy grows into knowing the harsh realities of life. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Fehren
I just finished this book at 4am, after starting it at 10pm. I truly could not put it down.
There are two sad dog deaths, be warned.