A Boy's Own Story

by Edmund White | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1497685915 Global Overview for this book
Registered by 4evagreen of Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on 7/2/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by 4evagreen from Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Received as a BookMooch.

Journal Entry 2 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 14, 2021
It was the fact that the book had once been banned and I wanted to see what all the fuss was all about was one of my motivations for picking up this book along with the fact that it is on the 1001 list. I have little interest in the homosexual nature of the novel however, I still feel that this story is one that is worth reading. The prose is quite wonderful, sometimes sad sometimes funny. It fully captures a lonely young boy with a vivid imagination struggling on many fronts and never slips out of that adolescent voice.

So why didn't I enjoy it more? As the author himself admits in the afterword, homosexuality is no longer a taboo subject in Western literature, film and television, bookshops that once catered solely for this sort of material have been put out of business by mainstream outlets. Therefore, as stories like this have become more acceptable I feel that they now lack the shock value that they once enjoyed. I'm not saying that this isn't a good thing but it does mean that I've read other books of a similar vein and just did't really grab me as it might once have done. The rather jumbled timeline also meant I found it unbalanced with many of the more interesting points at the beginning of the book and some of the events totally unbelievable.

I have yet to read the following two novels but no doubt will at some point. However, I believe that 'A Boy’s Own Story' can read as a stand-alone novel and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys well written 'coming of age' stories whatever their sexual orientation.

Journal Entry 3 by 4evagreen at Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (1/20/2021 UTC) at Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire United Kingdom


Spotted on a wishlist so going out to hopefully make a new friend. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by Shahrun at Dagenham, Essex United Kingdom on Saturday, January 23, 2021
Thank you so much for this wish granting RABCK. I’m hunting high & low for your return book, I know it’s here somewhere... I’ll try to pop it in the post this weekend

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