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A Boy's Own Story

A Boy's Own Story

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Edmund White
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • Publication date: 1986
  • Publisher: Pan MacMillan
  • Weight: 0.16 kg ISBN: 9780330281515 Note that the actual book cover may differ from the picture

Edmund White has crossed The Catcher in the Rye with De Profundis, J. D. Salinger with Oscar Wilde, to create an extraordinary novel. It is a clear and sinister pool in which goldfish and piranhas both swim. The subject of A Boy's Own Story is less a particular boy than the bodies and souls of American men; the teachers and masters; the lovers, brothers, hustlers and friends; the flawed fathers who would be kings to their own sons who should be princes' .Add to this the fact that White's prose is marvellously sensual while his eye is sharply satiric and you have something of the flavour of an outstanding text which should appeal to a wide audience. The book goes beyond its homosexual theme to say something about the whole process of growing up.