Robert McCammon delivers "a tour de force of storytelling" (BookPage) in his award-winning masterpiece, a novel of Southern boyhood, growing up in the 1960s, that reaches far beyond that evocative landscape to touch readers universally.
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One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from this book:
We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right ou ...more
I'm going with five stars because it's a book I will remember. I think some of the story felt familiar to me because other author's have been influenced by this writing. And there is not a thing wrong with that, because this was superb.
It follows eleven year old Cory for a full year in his life. The 1960's growing up in a small town. A town that magic existed in. I had some trouble I do admit with some parts of t ...more
Yeah, that's not a great teaser for this. How do you summarize a couple years in the life of a young boy?
I tried hard not to like this book. For the first quarter of it, it wasn't hard. Boy's Life feels overwritten for what it is and Robert McCammon was trying so hard t ...more
I can't stand this book any longer! I mean ....I REALLY can't stand it!!!!!
After about 4 hours of my time listening to the Audiobook...I'm DONE!!!
I don't care what the hell happens -- I can't remember when I've completely disliked a book more
The guys voice on the Audiobook sounds condescending to me most of the time.
Other times the writing itself is too syrupy sweet.
I was bored to death -- I felt everything was OVER-DESCRIBED. My God....I didn't care if the door was shiny. If the damn ...more
My favorite quote -- "We all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to ...more
One of the great things about this book is that it perfectly embodies pre-pubecent innocence and coming of age. I was discussing this in one of my book clubs and we talked about how the main characters had yet to reach the the point of disenchanted teenagers driven by angst and hormones whi ...more
I dedicate this review to Mike Sullivan, moderator of the group ON THE SOUTHERN LITERARY TRAIL. He assigned this one as his October moderator's choice, and I sighed and thought t ...more
The book begins with the narrator prefacing his story as an adult. He tells us that he believes in magic, and then he proceeds to tell us about the year when he was twelve years old in a little t ...more
It’s 1964 and Cory Mackenson is a 12-year old boy living in a town and time where boys that age are fairly free of supervision to wander about town together, playing freely through their summers and Saturdays – Sundays are for church. Aside from Cory’s Dad, a milkman, and his Mom, there are Cory’s buddies, his classmates, and a cast of characters in this town, including the neighboring town of Bruton, where The Lady lives.
This captivati ...more
'Because Death cannot be known. It cannot be be...more
Boy’s life is like colorful, multilayered crazy patchwork woven from boyish dreams and desires, a dash of magic and forgotten long time ago by our adult self power to fly. It’s a dish compounded from carefully chosen ingredients that tastes of sweetness of children’s smiles and bitterness of their tears. It’s entering to our dreamed secret garden, realm inhabited both by bloodthirsty monsters and noble sheriffs, heroes that occupied our childish imagination. It’s a nostalgic journey into the p ...more
The protagonist is a 12 yar old boy, named Cory Mackenson. Cory doesn't have TV and video games; but he has no problem living to the fullest without these. After all, there are bikes, ...more
This was truly magical absolutely breathtaking & one of the best books I have ever read… So much life came out of this book, the author ( bless him ) managed to capture the true essence of childhood, the beauty of imagination and the importance of naivety . The way most people describe the love for this book and the countless recommendation for this one, I can finally say I unders ...more
Not the abracadabra magic. But magic enough to amaze you, and still feel real. This a wonderful coming-of-age, fantasy, mystery story rolled into one. Reading this made me feel good about reading in general. That joy... almost magical feeling books give you? Ahh, best feeling in the world, man. Boy's Life will give you that.
This is a story of a 12 year old Cory Mackenson in Zephyr, Alabama in the 1960s. There's mon ...more
As for the work itself, there is just so much here and I had so many different responses to it, all deftly drawn by McCammo ...more
It was impossible not to wax nostalgic while reading this coming of age story, as I, too, was twelve years old in the summer of 1964. No cell phones, no cable TV, no PCs. A simpler time, to be sure. Time was spent riding your bicycles, exploring, playing hard, and learning life's lessons, one by one. M ...more
Revisit the past by taking this sentimental journey into the 1960's in Zephyr, Alabama. Eleven year old Corey Mackenson and a memorable cast of well-defined characters (OMG Vernon) will make you both laugh and cry many times throughout the book. From a shocking murder comes haunting dreams, and from boyhood friendships comes both happiness and sorrow. There are creatures and ghosts, floods and bullies, and you'll not forget the wasp's from hell...more
4.5*, rounded up
This 1991 novel will not make it to the syllabi in many university literature classes, but it has one of the most entertaining and heartfelt stories I've read in quite a while. It's one that seems to stay with readers for a while, without being weighed down by sappy sentimentality, affected dialogue or melodrama. Sometimes, this is exactly the kind of affable fable that I want and need to read.
The story's protagonist and narrator, Cory Mackenson narrates ...more
Wow, what a masterpiece. Robert McCammon has crafted, a timeless classic in this novel, Boy's Life. I can only try to give it justice with my review by comparing it to a great work of art. People are able to identify with great works of art. They can appreciate them, and attempt to understand them. They are worth "More than a 1000 words". So too is this novel by McCammon. This is a magical book that makes the reader “feel” the words and the stories. I feel that this book is ext ...more
Robert McCammon's coming-of-age classic, Boy's Life, is almost universally loved. So when I started the book and got about 5 chapters in, I was initially horrified to find that I didn't have the same warm feeling in my stomach the way others seemed to have when reading it. Had I finally realized that my taste was in fact not as impeccable as I'd thought? Was I going to have to write an unfavorable review for a beloved book and get roasted and trolled for it and lose the respect of my ...more
We ran like young wild furies,...more
where angels feared to tread.
The woods were dark and deep.
Before us demons fled.
We checked Coke bottle bottoms
to see how far was far.
Our worlds of magic wonder
were never reached by car.
We loved our dogs like brothers,
our bikes like rocket ships.
We were going to the stars,
to Mars we’d make round trips.
We swung on vines like Tarzan,
and flashed Zorro’s keen blade.
We were James Bond in his Aston,
we were Hercules unchained.
We looked upon the future
No es algo de todos los días encontrar un libro que exprese tan bien la dulzura de la niñez. No es común que una historia pueda hacerte sentir la vida como algo más de lo que se ve. Este relato es brillante. Una travesía por la infancia, la tristeza, la verdad, los sueños, la esperanza, el amor, la muerte y la amistad. McCammon nos sube a su bote y nos hace navegar por las letras de una historia in ...more
Is it a murder mystery? A coming of age novel? A Southern gothic?
This wonderful cross genre novel about Southern boyhood suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. It can't decide whether to be a murder mystery, a coming of age story, a Southern Gothic, an adventure tale, a children's book, or a novel of magic realism. It's a bit of all of these, and much more.
Who's the murderer?
While the murderer is a complete mystery for the first half or two ...more
Boy’s Life is one of those books that is difficult to describe. It has a plot that is nearly impossible to summarise. The best description I have read of Boy’s Life so far is that is purely magical.
I should really leave it at t ...more
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After you go so far away from it, though, you can’t really get it back. You can have seconds of it. Just seconds of knowing and remembering. When people get weepy at movies, it’s because in that dark theater the golden pool of magic is touched, just briefly. Then they come out into the hard sun of logic and reason again and it dries up, and they’re left feeling a little heartsad and not knowing why. When a song stirs a memory, when motes of dust turning in a shaft of light takes your attention from the world, when you listen to a train passing on a track at night in the distance and wonder where it might be going, you step beyond who you are and where you are. For the briefest of instants, you have stepped into the magic realm.
That’s what I believe.
The truth of life is that every year we get farther away from the essence that is born within us. We get shouldered with burdens, some of them good, some of them not so good. Things happen to us. Loved ones die. People get in wrecks and get crippled. People lose their way, for one reason or another. It’s not hard to do, in this world of crazy mazes. Life itself does its best to take that memory of magic away from us. You don’t know it’s happening until one day you feel you’ve lost something but you’re not sure what it is. It’s like smiling at a pretty girl and she calls you “sir.” It just happens.
These memories of who I was and where I lived are important to me. They make up a large part of who I’m going to be when my journey winds down. I need the memory of magic if I am ever going to conjure magic again. I need to know and remember, and I want to tell you.”