Boy

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Overview

Acclaimed by luminaries such as William Faulkner and suppressed for more than 50 years by a prosecution for obscenity, James Hanley's 1930s classic charts the short and brutish life of a boy forced out of school and into the unforgiving world of work. Escape—in the form of stowing away on a ship—only deepens his exposure to the squalor and brutality that men are capable of, and when he arrives in Alexandria he learns there are some things that one can't run away from. Narrated in unflinching language that is both visceral and acute in its observational power, Boy is a shocking book that stays in the mind long after it is read. Unfairly neglected during his lifetime, only recently has this original, uncompromising novelist started to be reappraised as among the finest novelists writing in English in the 20th century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847490063
  • Publisher: Oneworld Classics
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Series: Oneworld Classics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,479,527
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author


James Hanley was born in Liverpool to Irish immigrants and left school at an early age to become a sailor. His experiences at sea informed many of his works, including Boy, a novel so controversial that it was only published in a limited, expurgated edition, and subsequently tried for obscenity. Unfairly neglected during his lifetime, only recently has this original, uncompromising novelist started to be reappraised as one of the finest English writers of the 20th century.
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