Boy Acclaimed by luminaries such as William Faulkner and suppressed for than years by a prosecution for obscenity James Hanley s s classic charts the short and brutish life of a boy forced out of

  • Title: Boy
  • Author: James Hanley
  • ISBN: 9781847490063
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • Acclaimed by luminaries such as William Faulkner and suppressed for than 50 years by a prosecution for obscenity, James Hanley s 1930s classic charts the short and brutish life of a boy forced out of school and into the unforgiving world of work Escape in the form of stowing away on a ship only deepens his exposure to the squalor and brutality that men are capable ofAcclaimed by luminaries such as William Faulkner and suppressed for than 50 years by a prosecution for obscenity, James Hanley s 1930s classic charts the short and brutish life of a boy forced out of school and into the unforgiving world of work Escape in the form of stowing away on a ship only deepens his exposure to the squalor and brutality that men are capable of, and when he arrives in Alexandria he learns there are some things that one can t run away from Narrated in unflinching language that is both visceral and acute in its observational power, Boy is a shocking book that stays in the mind long after it is read Unfairly neglected during his lifetime, only recently has this original, uncompromising novelist started to be reappraised as among the finest novelists writing in English in the 20th century.

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    1. The banning, deprecation and release only in expurgated form of this novel are all symptoms of the values enmeshed in the power of controllers and their followers – the willingly controlled. Far from being pornographic, only someone with a dirty mind could find it so, and, ironically, where the novel describes several sexual encounters they are horrible, diseased, and related only to flesh exploited as meat, and Power. The Boy is Arthur Fearon who we first see in school being bullied by his te [...]

    2. Hanley's work is uneven, I find, but this early one is one of the best. Sharp, direct, honest. Very powerful

    3. Crudely written (Hanley claimed he wrote it in ten days) but absorbing tale of a naive and physically frail boy, Arthur Fearon, who, tiring of his father's brutality, flees his home in Liverpool for a life at sea, stowing away on the ship The Hernian. On ship he is mistreated in every imaginable way by the crew, and yet survives and takes the job of lookout when the sailor in that position dies as the result of an accident. Arthur wants to learn and adapt to his new surroundings, but his tenure [...]

    4. The story left me with a lukewarm feeling.The first third does a good job of illuminating the boy's circumstances - you do start to feel pity and even compassion when he's treated badly by his dominant father who completely shoves the boy's wishes for his life aside.But this slight emotional connection degraded to indifference during the rest of the story, which is mainly because the boy is - a failure. He gives in to his weakness and goes from bad to worse, though the obscenities the book has b [...]

    5. I found this a powerful and quite shocking, but not always very convincing, expose of a young boy’s odyssey and his ultimate downfall. Arthur Fearon is a poor working class thirteen-year-old from Liverpool who is forced out of school – where he shows some promise – by his violent father and made to work on the docks. After just one day at the admittedly brutal work he is given, he decides he can’t take it and runs away to sea. But life on board is if anything even more brutal and he is a [...]

    6. When i read this book several years ago I found the prose in places to be simply wrong in places and at times to fall below the line one normally expects from a published author, (just my opinion). However, as years have passed by the odd style in which this book has been written has left a deep impression on my mind and the memory of this book remains vivid to this day.Very briefly, the book tells the story of a poor working class teenage boy's life torrid homelike, his first job, through to hi [...]

    7. 3.49 stars, and my thanks go to Net Galley and Open Road Integrated Media for the DRC.Boy, a tragic story that reads like a hybrid between Dickens and Melville, was originally published in 1930, and ran into all sorts of censorship. There are passages that contain sex that would not even be considered erotica now, since they avoid much specificity, but for the bourgeoisie of that time period, it was way too much. The censorship fight was where my interest came from, because I don't generally see [...]

    8. Disappointingly, I fell for the upscale, paperback edition's highminded literary delusions. Boy is little more than a crudely drawn, overtly Romantic tale of a thirteen-year-old boy who loses his innocence (and that!) as a stowaway on a merchant ship heading for Africa. First published in the early 1930s, I guess Hanley's insistence on putting young Arthur through the wringer of life was meant to be British social realism at its most honest, but the novel is fourth-rate, NAMBLA-worthy, sentiment [...]

    9. Oh boyThis book was very disappointing to me. It took me a while to realize I was having trouble finding the voice of the story. Sometimes it would jump from one person's thoughts to another in a very sloppy way. I thought character development was close to none, with the exception of "the boy" (of course) and his parents. I wanted this to be a story about a boy's adventure on the sea (a very romantic idea, very similar to the boy's view of his journey). Instead, the hurt and pain and defeat nev [...]

    10. Everything I read about this book before I read it said that it was this crazy, shocking book that was banned and rarely read and blah blah blah, and so of course I thought, "Awesome!" It wasn't as shocking as I thought (hoped?) it would be. There are some prostitutes, yes, and the title character does go through some pretty awful things, but all-in-all I was hoping for something darker. It's short and easy to get through, and is fairly gritty, but it didn't blow my mind by any means. Which is t [...]

    11. A good read? Yes. Shocking? Fairly. I enjoy Hanley's style, I enjoyed the plot, I thought it was good, but ultimately it didn't deliver the goods. Something seemed to be missing and I can't quite put my finger on what. It was just something bad happens to the boy, something else bad happens to the boy, something worse happens, things are okay for a second, sailors are really creepy, prostitutes etc. But at least it was written well and it was compelling and a quick interesting read.

    12. An incredibly dark, bleak book, but well written and very engaging. It's a compelling, albeit brutal, story.

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