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This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
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Dec 20, 2013

it was amazing

Like Arundhati Roy in The God of Small Things, and like Kerouac before them, Tobias Wolff in a way reinvents the language, developing a cadence and certain words and phrasings that become uniquely, identifiably his. None of the deft flow, though, detracts from the power of this memoir, as Wolff transports us across states with his mother, through turbulent late childhood / adolescence.

The inside view and deeply personal expression, not to mention the maternal bond, called to mind for me the young protagonist of Henry Roth's Call it Sleep ... and if I didn't have my own life to deal with, it wouldn't have taken me half a year to get through This Boy's Life . It's a well-told and well-written page turner ... as is often the case, far superior to its movie version; in fact, more on par with "The Pursuit of Happyness" in terms of a transformational, 'do what it takes, what you must, to provide (and survive)' theme ... always with light at the end of the tunnel.
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