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This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
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Aug 10, 10

bookshelves: 2010-2011
Read in July, 2010

In this memoir, the author Tobais Wolff depicts his unique, but unhappy boyhood with full of hardship. Toby’ father had abandoned his mother and him shortly after he was born. In 1955, he moved to Utah with his mother, Rosemary, attempting to make their fortune by mining uranium. While in Utah, he also attempts to begin a new identity with the name Jack. With the two violent and volatile men, Roy and Dwight, Jack had suffered as much pain as his mother. Fighting for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, Jack's growing up was quite poignant and comical; even though, he made various plans, such as running away to Alaska, forging cheeks, and stealing cars, he had never succeeded in actualizing them. The book continues with him moving to different places in search of his identity and a better place that would fit him. At the end, Jack was expelled from school, and he decided to join the army and serve in the Vietnam War.

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