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Everyone should read this book!,
This review is from: Paperboy (Hardcover)Paperboy is simply one of the best, most charming, delightful, magical, warm, heartbreaking, laugh out loud and at the same time touching books I have read in many a year, if ever. It's a book that gathers you up from the first page and drags you by the hand, like an excited but slightly solemn child, into a past that even though not yours, gives you the feeling of recollection from some forgotten room of once discarded memories.
Ostensibly it is the story of a youngster (Christopher) growing up and discovering the joys, and terrors, of reading in a household where there were precious few books and even less understanding for an imaginative boy! It is also a glimpse into an England fast disappearing, if not altogether gone. An England parts of which we were glad to see the back of, post war austerity, terrible TV entertainment and dreadful food. And some we wish we could recapture, endless childhood summers, the quiet nature of our streets and a sense that big brother wasn't looking over our shoulder every second of every day.
And don't worry if these days are, to you, nothing more than entries in a contemporary history text or cultural blanks due to one being of a foreign disposition, the more obscure or forgotten references are explained in a series of illuminating and hilarious footnotes! It is a book that quite simply makes the past come to life and does so through it's affectionate recollections of the small things, a neighbours rabbit, a defunct chocolate bar and all the little details that are almost always overlooked in more hulking biographies. It also captures effortlessly the strange, almost surreal world; to a growing child; of the adults that inhabited the streets of South London in the 60s.
This is also book contains a warmth that shines through even the most heart wrenching moments. (I defy anybody to remain unmoved by the fate of a simple, slim volume of verse) and it is that sense of warmth that stays with you long after you put the book down and turn on the TV to be confronted with yet another un-reality abomination filling your screen.
So if you want to be entertained, enthralled, moved and made to laugh out loud by reality entertainment then pick up a copy of Paperboy today. You won't regret it.