BORSTAL BOY is the autobiographical record of Behan's experiences from that day through his imprisonment, trial, remand to reform school and final release. Schools for delinquents in England are c...more
Think Prisonbreak but with almost no escapees and definitely no rape, sodomy, gang wars and drugs. In Borstal Boy, there are just f...more
( just to note : I was amused to read a review in which the reader lamented the lack of sodomy and violence. Were they reading the same book I did? Or is it that subtlety is lost on them? Was also a bit shocked to hear it described as 'boring' Perhaps folk's appetites have been so dulled by misery porn that they can't cope with more than a straight forward catalogue of horrors. Shame that, because it means the nuances and layer...more
Though tame for contemporary readers, this is the Cooks Tour of the world 'inside', circa early forties, in the north of England. Oddly enou...more
In the end, as Behan would put it, it all comes down to people.
In all, his storytelling is endearing and entertaining to say the least. Behan portrays himself as a proud Irishman, and a proud member of the IRA, but very well-edu...more
Beautifully written, Indignant, passionate, funny, humane and starring an engaging character called Brendan Behan who develops as the book unfolds. part of the books attraction is that Behan doesn't big note himself and isn't above making fun of himself or admitting his own doubts and fears. At times the story drags as conversations and days are related in detail, but he's a fine story teller, the model is verbal rather literar...more
It was boring and I was forced to read it, so there's that. It's just... it took more than half the book before it even got slightly interesting and yeah, I can appreciate that this was an influencial book and all, but hell was it boring. NOTHING HAPPENED. He got a book about the IRA and stuff in the ward-thingy he was in, which looked like it would be important to the story but nope, they never mentioned it again..
(view spoiler)[AND THEN THEY KILLED OFF CHARLIE?! I DON'T UNDERSTAND. Fu...more
Also great old songs, jokes, and various slang...
For now, I'm shelving it. Saving it for a day when I feel like reading chapter after chapter of one man's prison bathroom habits.
Seemed a pretty honest and unbiased account of a prison experience. A little bit of history on the "Irish question". Now I want to read some of Behan's other stuff.
Behan was born in the inner city of Dublin on 9 February 1923 into an educated working class family. He lived in a house on Russell Stree...more