The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys [NOOK Book]

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Set in Savannah, Georgia, in the early 1970s, this is a novel of the anarchic joy of youth and encounters with the concerns of early adulthood. Francis Doyle, Tim Sullivan, and their three closest friends are altar boys at Blessed Heart Catholic Church and eighth-grade classmates at the parish school. They are also inveterate pranksters, artistic, and unimpressed by adult authority. When Sodom vs. Gomorrah '74, their collaborative comic book depicting Blessed Heart's nuns and priests gleefully breaking the ...

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Overview

Set in Savannah, Georgia, in the early 1970s, this is a novel of the anarchic joy of youth and encounters with the concerns of early adulthood. Francis Doyle, Tim Sullivan, and their three closest friends are altar boys at Blessed Heart Catholic Church and eighth-grade classmates at the parish school. They are also inveterate pranksters, artistic, and unimpressed by adult authority. When Sodom vs. Gomorrah '74, their collaborative comic book depicting Blessed Heart's nuns and priests gleefully breaking the seventh commandment, falls into the hands of the principal, the boys, certain that their parents will be informed, conspire to create an audacious diversion. Woven into the details of the boys' preparations for the stunt are touching, hilarious renderings of the school day routine and the initiatory rites of male adolescence, from the first serious kiss to the first serious hangover.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820335858
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 888,084
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Chris Fuhrman grew up as a Catholic in Savannah, Georgia, where he was born in 1960. He received his master's degree from Columbia University. Fuhrman died of cancer in 1991 while working on the final revision of The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, his first and only novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2006

    The Best

    This book captivates teenage life to the second and has a great mix of fiction and reality to make it the best realistic fiction novel around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    WOW

    The Movie is my fav movie and I watch it about ever week...i really love it...When I found out it was first a book I had to get it... The book was so much better then the movie (and that is how is should be...) I have to say I cryed and there are lines in that book that will never leave me... ' Im still in love with her memory..' or somthing like that...a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    Great Book

    This book is one of my new favorites. I picked it up after noticing the cover art, but it's the story that's attention-worthy. This book is witty and charming, filled with the kind of nostalgia-inspiring writing that makes readers want to be 12 years old again. It's extremely short too; I read it in one sitting. This book is well worth the time investment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2004

    Altar Boys are BAAADD!

    I saw the movie a while ago and decided to get the book in light of the incredibly unique cartoon graphics/comics. The book was as great as the movie was. I absolutely love it and any teenager (especially males) will love it! Any teenager can appreciate it as I feel it is thee most accurate portrayal of life as a teenager. It's the most unique story I've ever read and even though the pranks are silly they're well planned and fun to read. I would recommend it to ANYone..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2003

    Quick Great Read

    This book captures the lives of teenage boys in a way that few can. Great coming of age novel! The movie is great also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2003

    Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

    This is an awesome book! Even though I especially loved the movie and they did an excellent job casting (especially Frances and Tim), the book was great too! Serves as a very insightful novel into the rebellious hearts of young Catholic schoolboys

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    I SAW THE MOVIE FIRST

    I saw the movie first about 9 times and i loved it. I decided to read the book and it was great i never thought that it would be as good as the movie but it was. Even when you know whats going to happen its an interesting and exciting read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2002

    best book ever

    this is a really good book and opens up a troubled teenage life and helps you understand it a little bit better. with an unexpected twist at the end that will shock you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    'Dangerous Lives', the book of the teenaged mind.

    From the first word to the last, Author Chris Fuhrman holds you in a world of teenaged life. He portrays this world in a very down to earth sense, with no glamour at all. This is probably one of the books better features. The characters really feel pain and the reader follows the hard world of parental expectations and teenaged troubles. It was a book i couldn't put down, I was engrossed the entire time. The book is sad at times, action packed at times and throughout the entire novel there are moments of pure teen talk. Chris Fuhrman captures the true side of teenaged conversation, which causes the book to be incredibly funny the entire time. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys is a literary masterpiece and I reccomend it to everyone who ever was, or currently is, a teenager. The book is amazing.

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