Boyhood Island

Boyhood Island

Book - 2014
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A family of four --- mother, father and two boys --- move to Sorland, to a new house on a new estate. It is the early 1970s, the children are small, the parents young and the future open. But at some point that future happens to them; at some point the future closes. Childhood is exhilarating and terrifying. For the young Karl Ove, new houses, classes and friends are met with manic excitement and creeping dread. Adults occupy godlike positions of power, benevolent in the case of his doting mother, tyrannical in the case of his cruel father.
Publisher: London :, Harvill Secker,, 2014
Description: 490 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781846557224
Branch Call Number: Knau


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Jun 04, 2015

Nowhere as good as "A Death in the Family," or "a Man in Love," the book is about Karl Ov'es childhood from about when he was five, until the end of Grade 7. Flashes of brilliant writing, but I had a hard time with Karl Ove "recalling" exhaustive details such as the colour of leaves, or who said what to who when he was a six year old.

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