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Lost Boy: A Novella

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  226 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Thomas Wolfe's novella The Lost Boy is a captivating and poignant retelling of an episode from Wolfe's childhood. For this special, illustrated edition, James Clark unearthed Wolfe's original manuscript for the story, which was first published in Redbook in a heavily abridged form. This edition marks the first appearance of the original novella as Wolfe wrote it and its fi ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 95 pages
Published August 26th 1994 by University of North Carolina Press (first published 1937)
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Esta é a história contada a várias vozes de um menino exemplar, Grover, que viu a sua vida bruscamente interrompida aos 12 anos, um rapaz prematuramente perdido pela família que o recorda com emoção reconstituindo alguns momentos da sua breve existência.

Conhecemos Grover através de fragmentos dispersos compostos pelas várias vozes que o evocam e na qual está incluído o autor e irmão do rapaz perdido. Gostei sobretudo do primeiro e do último capítulo da novela: no primeiro acompanhamos as deambu
Desde la primera línea ya sabes que ‘El niño perdido’ es una historia que quedará en tu recuerdo para siempre. La nouvelle, novela breve o relato largo, escrita por Thomas Wolfe es de una belleza indiscutible, bella, poética e intensa a un tiempo. La prosa de Wolfe contiene una poesía que no suele encontrarse fácilmente.

‘El niño perdido’ tiene como figura central a Grover Wolfe, un niño de doce años de Ashville, inteligente y reservado a un tiempo. La obra está estructurada en cuatro partes, mos
Una pequeña gran joya escrita con los cuatro sentidos. Delicioso, tierno, poético y maravilloso. No podría estar mejor acompañada en esta lluviosa tarde de otoño.

"Y de nuevo, de nuevo, volvía a la calle para hallar el lugar donde las dos esquinas se tocaban y me volví para ver adónde se había ido el Tiempo. Y todo era allí como siempre había sido. Y ya no quedaba nada ni nada volvería nunca. Y todo seguía siendo igual, como si no hubiera cambiado desde entonces, sólo que todo se había perdido y
Cuántos sentimientos en tan poco texto. Seguiré con este autor.
The Lost Boy, Found

Thanks to the auspices of the University of North Carolina Press this incarnation of one of the wonders of Thomas Wolfe rises out of the past intact. Apparently the original novella was written in 1937, then edited rather drastically for publication in Redbook (for reasons that are obvious in reading the full novella), the complete and unabridged novella is presented here in a fine edition that includes the illustrations by Ed Lindlof and the obvious commitment of editing by J
Un 'Tempus fugit' convertido en novela americana. Hermoso y conmovedor, pero no me ha llegado a calar tanto como "Una puerta que nunca encontré". Eso sí, Wolfe es uno de los grandes. Después de leer dos de sus novelas, a pesar de la brevedad, entiendo porque Faulkner era un gran lector de este coetáneo suyo.
M.R. Dowsing
A real pleasure to re-enter the beautifully-evoked world of Thomas Wolfe, however briefly. This novella (previously published in a shorter version) is an extra addition to the Gant cycle and is very moving without ever resorting to cheap sentimentality.
Maria Carmo
This is a puzzling book. It is written in a syncopated style that is almost as a human mind, hazardously remembering bits of the past, with its vivid sensations and at the same time, it natural fogginess, for these things are no more... The Author shows an almost "adoration" of his Brother, and yet, what transpires from some of the remembrances (especially the one of his Sister) is that all other children were a bit "neglected" when compared to the devotion their parents (and especially the Moth ...more
GK Stritch
I read "The Lost Boy" because of my interest in Thomas Wolfe as an inspiration to Jack Kerouac. It is an odd (maybe just old-fashioned) novella about loss in four parts, with some beautifully drawn images and parallels to Kerouac: the older beloved brother who dies as a young boy, the adoring mother who never gets over the death of her favorite child, a sister's reflections, and a younger brother trying to remember. I liked part one best, part two was startling, part three I'd like to re-read, a ...more
Molly Ewing
I read this for ideas about how to explore, in writing, a person I have limited knowledge of. Wolfe is a master of tone and image in this little memoir about his older brother that died as a child when Wolfe was still quite young.
Eine schöne Erzählung über die Facetten einer Jugend - besser auf Englisch zu lesen.
Julie Rylie
ok so this is how you know a book was pretty event less when you didn't write reviews since May and you have to go on the internet and try to find a summary of what this was about... oh right, the kid that was accused of stealing candy in the candy store and then dies of some sort of fever and the other brother than returns to the house of their childhood where other people are living there now and he goes to the room of his deceised brother... yes, that was it! It just means it was just kinda b ...more
Elsa Meza rochin
No me gusto mucho la historia, le falta; sin embargo, me gusto la forma de escribir de Wolfe.
Mar 08, 2008 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Thomas Wolfe fans
The nostalgia used in "Look Homeward Angel" is again used in this novella. It's written from four vantage points, the first being the boy's impression. The second in through the eyes of his adoring mother, and the third from the viewpoint of his sister, and it is here that we learned that the lost boy had died. The final account - sort of a "You can't Go Home Again" scenario is an account of the writer managing to find the home in which the family had lived and even finding the room in which the ...more
Podría haberse escrito en unas líneas "Érase una vez un niño de doce años, al que su familia quería mucho, que se murió de tifus" y se acabó. Para decir esto te tragas un libro entero, que describe hasta el más mínimo detalle del pomo de una puerta o el canto de una ventana.
Le doy dos estrellas por el juego que hace en el uso del narrador, aunque siendo realista, no inventó nada, ya se ha hecho muchas veces, pero no siempre resulta convincente y Wolfe lo resuelve bien.
Pia Jensen
Very confusing to read. I kept reading, hoping that something nice and giving would show up, but I felt that I had wasted my time in the end.

But well, I have a hard time trying to remember my childhood (my memory is really bad), and have never been a person that keeps bonds for long - so maybe I just couldn't identify myself with anything in the story.
Jul 06, 2009 Wess rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: memoir
I would have liked this more if the first part of the story was on par with the second - not to say that the first wasn't good, it just wasn't up to snuff with the ladder half. A couple times towards the end I had to put the book down and take a break for a few moments because it was so sad.
Sarah Key
"It all comes back as if it happened yesterday, then it goes away again, and seems farther off and stranger than if it happened in a dream."

I look forward to reading more of Thomas Wolfe's fiction.
Joel Mccann
Thomas Wolfe can make you can see, smell and feel everything in his books. Even in a short story like The Lost Boy his descriptions are fabulous.
Me ha encantado! Es un libro construído desde el lenguaje, no con él. Eso sí, es denso, sin embargo, en resumen resulta delicioso.
Fabulous! Loved the writing style. More on
Paul Korkhin
Captures something of the strange effects memory and nostalgia has on us. It's a good read.
Greg Stratman
Intriguing in its shifting point of view.
Touching story of loss in the early 1900s.
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Thomas Clayton Wolfe was an important American novelist of the 20th century. He wrote four lengthy novels, plus many short stories, dramatic works, and novel fragments. He is known for mixing highly original, poetic, rhapsodical, and impressionistic prose with autobiographical writing. His books, written during the Great Depression, depict the variety and diversity of American culture.
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“Antes de continuar me volví para ver si el tiempo seguía allí.” 5 likes
“Y así, al haber encontrado todo, supe que lo había perdido. Y supe que yo no volvería nunca más, y que la magia perdida no volvería nunca.” 3 likes
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