Boy's Life

Boy's Life

eBook - 2011
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In Zephyr, Alabama, a bizarre murder is only the beginning Small town boys see weird sights, and Zephyr has provided Cory Jay Mackenson with his fair share of oddities. He knows the bootleggers who lurk in the dark places outside of town. On moonless nights, he's heard spirits congregate in the churchyard to reminisce about the good old days. He's seen rain that flooded Main Street and left it crawling with snakes. Cory knows magic, and relishes it as only a young boy can. One frosty winter morning, he and his father watch a car jump the curb and sail into the fathomless town lake. His father dives into the icy water to rescue the driver, and finds a naked corpse handcuffed to the wheel. This chilling sight is only the start of the strangest period of Cory's life, when the magic of his town will transform him into a man.
Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media : Made available through hoopla, 2011
ISBN: 9781453231562
1453231560
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Dreamstime
Nov 24, 2019

Gads I hate to be negative with so many other nice reviews. But I have mixed feelings about the story. McCammon is a great writer. I gave SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD five stars. The first half of BOYS LIFE is a friendly tale of Cory's life in his small town. His father is haunted by a horrible experience. There are interesting personalities surrounding him. Think about a regular human life in a small town. It was interesting to read but lacked the edge I like in stories. Then in the middle of the story.... kaboom!! The story takes a dramatic turn into the freaking unreal. I don't want to spoil anything but it becomes relentlessly bizarre. Now I like occasional bizarre in fairy tales and science fiction. But those stories are coherent throughout with their theme. For my tastes what unfolded here was incoherent with the story world as was originally created by McCammon. Imagine reading Huckleberry Finn and halfway through a flying saucer lands to give Huck some unworldly powers. My suspension of disbelief in BOY'S LIFE was shattered and I stopped enjoying the story. I like spicy food, but please not with a healthy dose of the super red Chinese hot sauce.

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Inner_Typewriter
Jan 29, 2019

A grand, old fashioned coming of age novel. I loved it!

McCammon's ode to boyhood is full of the richness and life that is experienced best by a child teetering on the brink of adulthood but still full of the spark of magic that only comes from innocence. It is at its most powerful as the boy discovers that there are monsters in this world worse than any your imagination could create. How we overcome them is what defines our character.

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Joeybiomaster
Oct 29, 2017

This was a beautiful and amazing book, I thought I was going to give it a 4 and smiled to myself when I saw I had clicked 5 stars.
This book gave me a better understanding of rural America in the 1960s and I was surprised to see race was addressed in this book. I think President Trump should read this book, even though it was published in 1990, Cory’s dad says the KKK “are a bunch of scared people who want to turn time backward.” That phrase has a strong resonance with “Make America Great Again.”
I loved the writing style, the story was written by a poet with the soul of a child.

nyneelie Dec 31, 2014

I truly hated to finish this book.
Definitely, a page turner.
From the days of innocence passed,
through the eyes of inquisitive young boys, a terrific read.
You'll thank me ;)

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vanfanivan
Aug 09, 2011

This is my absolute favorite book ever. I have read it nearly once a year. I laughed and I cried and it ended and I just wanted more.

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ScorchingSun
Nov 22, 2009

Surreal. Modern age fairy tale with teeth.

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