by Frank Conroy


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Stop-Time by Frank Conroy

First published in 1967, Stop-Time was immediately recognized as a masterpiece of modern American autobiography, a brilliant portrayal of one boy's passage from childhood to adolescence and beyond. Here is Frank Conroy's wry, sad, beautiful tale of life on the road; of odd jobs and lost friendships, brutal schools and first loves; of a father's early death and a son's exhilarating escape into manhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140044461
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1977
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 217,191
Product dimensions: 5.05(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Frank Conroy was born in 1936 and graduated from Haverford College in 1958. He was director of the prestigious Writers' Workshop. Conroy wrote an autobiography Stop-Time, published in 1967, and his collection of stories, Midair, was published in 1985. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Harper’s Magazine, and Partisan Review.

Table of Contents


1. Savages
2. Space and a Dead Mule
3. Going North
4. White Days and Red Nights
5. Hate, and a Kind of Music
6. Please Don't Take My Sunshine Away
7. Shit
8. A Yo-Yo Going Down, A Mad Squirrel Coming Up
9. Falling
10. The Coldness of Public Places
11. Blindman's Buff
12. Nights Away from Home
13. Death by Itself
14. License to Drive
15. Hanging On
16. Losing My Cherry
17. Going to Sea
18. Elsinore, 1953
19. The Lock on the Metro Door
20. Unambiguous Events


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Stop-Time 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating, simple story about Conroy's youth. Not the usual coming-of-age, but also not full of narrative tricks. I disagree--this is not 'Catcher in the Rye' with a different title. Cynicism can't touch this book. It's sincere without being overly earnest or naive.
georgedavidclark on LibraryThing 1 days ago
_Stop-Time_ belongs on the top shelf of memoirs, on the top shelf any prose. Masterful work on every page, but Conroy is so humble he forgets himself and allows you to forget him also. This is not a memoir where you feel the author constantly leaning over your shoulder. The book read more like a novel. Completely un-selfconscious. It was that rare book that felt "true" ultimately. I can't recommend it strongly enough.Ranging from Conroy's earliest memories until nearly his twentieth birthday when he began college (years spent for the most part between Florida and New York, penniles, with little in the way of parents) _Stop-Time_ covers a lot of ground. But Conroy has a knack for finding those crystaline scenes that embody the ways we "grow up" and he does it without ever dipping into cliche. The scene at the Florida state fair, the yo-yo competition, Ligget's beating, the Elsinore chapter... so many flawless moments in this short, extremely readable book.A wonderful book about growing up male. A five-star book, for any son or father, or for anyone who knows or has ever met a son or a father.
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I was assigned this book in my freshman english class. My question to you is, how many times will they have us read Catcher in the Rye with a different title. Frank Conroys descriptions are considerably lacking. I did not enjoy this book at all.