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    DescriptionThe author of "The Barracks Thief" and "Hunters in the Snow" recreates his boyhood experiences, relating how he and his mother travelled throughout the United States, and tracing his experiences and changes from young boy to manhood against the background of a violent and wildly optimistic America.


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    Title
    This Boy's Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tobias Wolff
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780747546016
    ISBN 10: 0747546010
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: DSK
    BIC E4L: BIO
    DC21: 813.54
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ABM
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5A
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: B-090
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000, LIT004020
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000, LIT004130
    BIC subject category V2: 2ABM
    Thema V1.0: DSK, DSBH, DNBA
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    19 August 1999
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    The author of three collections of stories, Tobias Wolff lives with his family near Stanford University, where he is the director of the creative writing program.
    Review text
    Wolff shifts to nonfiction in this jewel-like memoir of childhood in the 1950's. Despite the all-American props - Boy Scouts, cars, basketball - this boyhood unfolds light-years away from suburban heaven, offering instead a divorced mother and her angry son trying with little success to cut a piece of the American pie. Wolff sets the tone right off the bat, as he and his mom, driving to Utah to strike it rich as uranium prospectors, watch a truck careen towards a fatal crash. From then on, one dark episode follows another. Wolff recalls his early years in Florida, where he shoots arrows at friends and lies in the confessional. When he and his doting mom finally settle in Seattle, he becomes a petty delinquent, shoplifting, drinking, writing bad checks, breaking windows, scrawling obscenities on walls. Some of this seems reaction against his wealthy, estranged father, now dead, about whom he feels "grief and rage, mostly rage." Most adults treat him shabbily - a problem accentuated when his mother links up with a man named Dwight, a Lawrence Welk freak who smells of turpentine and brutalizes Wolff into husking chestnuts until his fingers bleed. He finds some relief in the Boy Scouts, which offers "the clean possibility of mastery"; in high school, he dreams of running away to Alaska, but instead he escapes to a prep school in Pennsylvania. An honest memoir that puts a new spin on familiar boyhood rituals: many authors have recalled watching Annette on the Mickey Mouse Club, but how many write about their buddies shouting crude sexual come-ons at the screen? Lucid, bitter, precise, terribly sad: the real-life equivalent of Wolff's acclaimed fiction. (Kirkus Reviews)