- Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin Books; Auflage: Reprint (24. Februar 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0143114840
- ISBN-13: 978-0143114840
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,5 x 19,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 10 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 432.235 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"With A Boy's Own Story American literature is larger by one classic novel."
-The Washington Post Book World
"Edmund White has crossed J. D. Salinger with Oscar Wilde to create an extraordinary novel."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Every so often a novel comes along that is so ambitious in its intention and so confident of its voice that it reminds us what a singular and potent thing a novel can be. One of these is A Boy's Own Story."
-San Francisco Chronicle
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Edmund White, author of thirteen books, is a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Award for Literature from the National Academy of Arts and Letters. His Genet: A Biography won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lambda Literary Award. He lives in Paris, France.
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After the "prelude" of a boating excursion the boys go to bed. The 12 year old boy asks his 15 year old buddy whether he is still awake. Of course, he isn't. Then ensues one of the most hilarious conversations I ever have read in any gay or non-gay literary endeavour: It's between this 12 year old "expert of cornholing" and his buddy who both are "getting down to the basics" in a way that marvellously captures juvenile behavior in a direct, fresh and uncompromising fashion that one only can wonder that it is a recreation born out of memory. I still can't believe that there really have been in the U.S. such young "experts" in the 50's. Apart from the very specific verb describing a very specific action which I already mentioned and which the reader won't find in "normal" dictionaries, but which will become abvious by the actions described by the boys' dialog, Edmund White's vocabulary is quite exquisite, if not to say far-fetched, which gave me the impression that this author wants to show off his University education. Some of his descriptions of nature are indicative of his latent romanticism. However, such verbal redundancy does not deter the reader from following the trials and tribulations of the boy whose main problem is to accept and not to himself and the way he loves. However, the book ends on a somewhat bitter note. The hero sacrifices his love object to the wrath of society and derives some kind of satisfaction therefrom. But these are memories of the 50's in a bigot country. And what memories they are!
I was hoping the story would dig deeper and have an inspirational message, or in some way be memorable. But rather, it does not challenge conventional wisdom or break new ground. Yet I was satisfied by the seemingly honest, well-written story.
I would generally recommend this book to a wide audience (gay or straight). It does not exploit gay sexual antics, and it's description of teenage angst is rather universal. However struggling gay teenagers might not be pleased with the book; it's overall message is somewhat bleak, or at least it doesn't view gay life through rose-colored glasses.
Warnings: Many people reviewed this book negatively and I wish to use this space to share who will NOT enjoy this book. First of all, you must enjoy the "literary" style of writing; if you don't enjoy classics and works by the likes of John Irving than this is not for you. A fine example is to compare it to J.D. Salenger's "Catcher in the Rye"--if you read this in your schooling years and hated it, you'll probably hate this also. If you like a solid and clear course of plot you may not enjoy it; this book is written much like life is lived, and that is with a degree of chaos. Also, if you are homophonic, this book is obviously not for you unless you are attempting to open your mind. Finally, if you are the type of person who is offended by the unappologetic beliefs of the 50's that homosexuality is an illness, etc., then you may not want to read this; this was an issue with me, but I came to understand that this would be the thought process of someone in the narrators posision at his age and time.
I loved this book, and hope that other readers will expierience the same amazement as I did.
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