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The Boy With The Torn Hat

4.6 of 5 stars 4.60  ·  rating details  ·  5 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Debut novel is a finalist in the 2010 USA Book Awards for Literary Fiction Henry Miller meets Bob Dylan in this coming of age romp played out in the twisted alleyways and smoky beer halls of Heidelberg. Sully is a cunning wordsmith and master of bringing music to art and art to language. Excessive, expressive, lusty, and once in a blue metaphor profound. Here is what I mea ...more
Paperback, Pre-publication, 301 pages
Published January 28th 2010 by A Word with You Press (first published 2010)
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It's a poignant tale of love and regret, with huge helpings of comedy and tragedy. The characters are well formed and the narrative crackles on the page. The author clearly loves language and uses wordplay and inventive description to good effect. So much for the objective view. I thought it was a great read - one that will keep you hooked to the final page, with characters that live in your head for a long time afterwards.
In the interests of full disclosure, I got to know Thornton Sully long before I read his book. But that means he also knows me and he will tell you I don't pull punches.

I should also point out I am a procrastinator and have been meaning to write a review for well over a year.

Having said that, The Boy With the Torn Hat is a great read. The book is written as a first person coming-of-age autobiography. The author did spend, or claims to have spent, a portion of his youth in Europe. Why do I say he
Before reading the first page, I was intending to read this book quickly, as is my way. However, within the first few pages, I knew I had to slow down and savor this literature for this book was poetry in novel form.

There were so many sentences that sang out to me that I reread passages more than once (often more than twice) on several occasions. I was truly sad when it ended.

This man, in one short book, has become one of my favorite authors.

F.J. Dagg
Colorful coming of age story in a lovingly sketched Heidelburg. Great nostalgia vehicle if you're of the "Woodstock Generation," fine character study for readers of any age. Sully has a fine eye for imagery and an outstanding ear for dialogue. Lyrical passages abound. Recommended.
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