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.
Boy's Life is a r...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
It is utterly fabulous. It reels you in and never lets you go.
It will bring up every good memory that you had while growing up. The feeling of freedom you experienced riding your bike, exploring wooded areas and just generally being a kid.
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 of o...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
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
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
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
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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
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
Winner: Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel
Winner: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Dark Fantasy/Horror Novel
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
He begins Boy’s Life with the adult...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
I laughed. I cried. Some characters I loved. Others, not so much. Because the main character was 2 years older than me, this was nostalgia. I was transported back to those halcyon days when we were innocent and naïve, when it was safe to grow up in a small town... but back up the bus. Was it safe?
For lack of a better choice, I pla...more
The book is about growing up as a young boy in a small town in the American south during the 60's.
Its aim is nostalgia. Along with a recital of lessons learned and philosophies gained.
As one who grew up as a southern country boy myself (although a decade or two later)--I thought I'd be able to relate to this book. Not so much.
The nostalgia is delivered straight up, without subtlety, and so its going to work only to the d...more
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
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
EDITED BY: Robert R. McCammon
PUBLISHED: May, 1992
I don’t know how this book has escaped me for so long, as it was written back in 1991. This is the kind of story I wish I would have read as a teenager. Although, of course, it may not have meant as much to me then as it does now, as a father, watching my son begin his own adventures, and remembering that sense of magic and excitement that I’ve somehow lost over the years. People frequently throw the phrase around that they’ve...more
Well written story of a boy's life. 1964, when the world was on the verge of so much change; we enter Cory Mackenson's world. A tween on the verge of manhood; but still able to hold onto is childhood just a little longer. Cory and his friends embark upon adventures, real and and not so real; or are they? He also encounters the evil that men do and learns, as children always do; the hard way; but he learns.
I really did not think this book would...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.”