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
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 out ...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
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
'Because Death cannot be known. It cannot be be...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The story starts when Cory and his father while out on the early morning milk delivery witness a car plunge off the road into the deep water of the quarry. Cory’s father dives in to try and save ...more
The author does a masterful job of bringing the characters to life. By the end of the novel, I felt as if I knew them and would miss them when I closed the co ...more
Story captures a whole year of a boy's life named Cory Mackerson. While reading the book I couldn't help bu ...more
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On the surface, Boy's Life may see like another fluffy, cross-genre book--is it a crime novel? Is it horror? Is it fantasy? Is it a coming-of-age story?--but that would be selling it short. There's a kind of magic in here, the same sort of magic McCammon refers to himself in the first few pages.
It contains the nostalgic magic of childhood, sure (which we've all experienced, whether we grew up as boys in the ...more
My third book by Robert McCammon took me a little by surprise by the change in style, but in a good way. I liked The Wolf's Hour for its Indiana Jones type of campy adventure and Swan Song for its disturbing depiction of the aftermath of a nuclear war. But Boy's Life is where I became a true fanboy, where he has shown what he can really do with a ...more
This is a coming of age novel, and simply speaking, this animal is a cliche in itself. To complain of this being a knockoff of King, Harper Lee, Dan Simmo ...more
If you've ever let your imagination run wild, if you've ever dreamed of your future or the possibilities of the world, then this book is for yo ...more
I want to tell everyone to read it, because it's just so damn beautiful.
Boy's Life is the story of Cory Mackleson. It's 1964 in Zephyr, Alabama, and he's 12. A regular 12 year-old. He likes monster movies, baseball, riding his bike and loves his dog Rebel. His dad's a milkman and his mom's a worrier. 1964 is about to be a very eventful year for Cory, complete with murder, magic, mons ...more
The book about Cory and his family, living in a town where a murder takes place. Cory and his father are the only ones who saw it hap ...more
Winner: Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel
Winner: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Dark Fantasy/Horror Novel
I'm a bit of a sucker for these coming of age in the '50s-'60s type stories for some reason. I was born in '85, so too late to experience it for myself, but there's something about that 'gol ...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.”