This Boy's Life

This Boy's Life

A Memoir

eBook - 2007
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This unforgettable memoir, by one of our most gifted writers, introduces us to the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move, yet they develop an extraordinarily close, almost telepathic relationship. As Toby fights for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, his experiences are at once poignant and comical, and Wolff does a masterful job of re-creating the frustrations and cruelties of adolescence. His various schemes - running away to Alaska, forging checks, and stealing cars - lead eventually to an act of outrageous self-invention that releases him into a new world of possibility.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2007
ISBN: 9780802198600
0802198600
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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jensenmk
Aug 27, 2016

A memoir that reads like a novel. With unerring diction, Wolff unfolds a tale that builds in interest and suspense and that never ceases to surprise. 'This Boy's Life' is a memoir of devastatingly Rousseau-like honesty told from a vantage point of hard-won wisdom. It may be true, as Wyatt Mason in the London Review of Books said, that duplicity is the theme both of this memoir and Wolff's work in general, but the spare, sparkling style brings some light to the moral darkness that subtends it.

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tamhum
May 04, 2016

Endearing and gritty vignettes of a bygone time. It reminds readers who grew up during this time of how much has changed politically, morally, culturally. A few chapters hint at a depth of pain that isn't fully led up to in the rest of the book leaving some gaps in the reader's understanding. Worth reading though.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 04, 2014

Tobias Wolff's memoir of his sometimes adventurous, often difficult childhood is, by turns, gritty, tender and nostalgic. The tough time growing up memoir has become something of a cliche, but this is one of the best examples, reading like a novel with an authentic, observant American voice at its heart. Much of it takes place in Washington, so Northwest readers especially will be able to relate to it. Wolff also wrote a memoir about his time in Vietnam. Made into a film with Robert De Niro. Leonardo Dicaprio and Ellen DeBarkin.

BugLady1 Sep 05, 2013

Wonderful voice that keeps the reader wanting to know what happens next. Somewhat sad true story. I became so attached to the narrator that I found myself wanting to know more of his story when it came to an end.

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jensenmk
Aug 27, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense, yes, certainly, and occasionally frightening from a moral point of view; but never gratuitously so.

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jensenmk
Aug 27, 2016

Sexual Content: Very slight, given the theme.

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jensenmk
Aug 27, 2016

Violence: Fighting; abusive punishments; murderous thoughts.

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jensenmk
Aug 27, 2016

Coarse Language: Occasional juvenile banter.

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carberry61
May 06, 2017

carberry61 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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jensenmk
Aug 27, 2016

jensenmk thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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huy1993
Nov 08, 2014

huy1993 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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jensenmk
Aug 27, 2016

"The human heart is a dark forest" (p. 143).

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