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The Boy at the Gate Paperback – 12 Sep 2013
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"A beautifully written, heartbreaking story of betrayal, abandonment and the healing power of friendship and music. This will rip your heart out, but ultimately, will hand it back to you whole, and you'll be inspired by the ride. What Danny endured is wrenching and horrifying, but his style and rhythm are so beautiful and starkly honest - and the voice of the child within him so innocent and mischievous - that courage and strength win the day. This is an incredibly brave book: shocking, and sometimes, despite everything, shockingly hilarious. It's the journey of one man's struggle to connect with the child he once was. As it turns out, the road out is also the road back. I love this book!" (Sara Gruen author of Water for Elephants) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Beautifully written with warmth and humour, this is a searingly honest, often harrowing account of a young boy's struggle to survive orphanage life, and an inspiring testament to the healing power of music and love.See all Product description
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Treat yourself,read it. It is truly a treasure.
Danny's book is a must read if ever there was one. I was absolutely blown away by his account of those dark days of his childhood for it echoed many parallels to that which I myself experienced in Artane.
Full credit to him for having the tenacity and dedication to tell his/our story in this brilliantly written masterpiece which ranks in my humble opinion to all that has been written before and since which puts it in a league of its own - beautifully executed and profoundly inspiring.
Danny is not only a talented musician/songwriter but now an author of promising distinction which if continued will surely give rise to a dormant if somewhat belated exploration of another God given writing ability which he most certainly has.
I have detected while reading his book that Danny and his wonderfully supportive wife, Liz, (mentioned often in the book) must have reflected many times upon this question during the writing process; Do we really need to confront these demon's - in print? Well, I'm glad he did.
Sadly, my own dear wife (now deceased) would have, like Danny's dear wife, encouraged me to do likewise and write my story. But when I lost her support, I lost with it any desire to add to the overwhelming grief which consumed me with her passing. Years later I would return to my own childhood experience but without her support, my Artane memories would have to remain buried and unwritten.
But here we have it; one boy's account of his traumatic childhood growing up in one of Irelands most notorious gulags for children, Artane Industrial School, Dublin, Ireland.Read more ›
"The Boy at The Gate" is unique. Surely no other literary memoir of this breadth and depth has a musical counterpart - certainly not of the quality of "800 Voices." At the same time, the book stands on its own and is full of its own music.
If you're a fan of "800 Voices," and you should be, you'll be pleased that some of the vivid and funny characters he sings about have been given added dimension in "The Boy at the Gate." Say, whatever happened to the angel-voiced Tommy Bonner after he left Artane, and where did Kelly go after he'd gone missing? Then there's Danny's buddy Rasher the cardsharp, that larcenous, generous genius of the schoolyard. (I hope he's now a riverboat gambler.)
Ellis knows, as Wordsworth does, that the child is father of the man. On one level, "The Boy at the Gate" is about an artist uncovering his nature. Danny joins the Artane Boys Band. "Whatever's going on in that fighting Dublin heart of yours, put it down that trombone," Brother O'Connor tells him. So he does. What does he get back?Read more ›
How wrong was I? Very!
It's a first-class read. It glides from hilarity to heartache.
Who am I to review this book? Nobody!
But if you, like me, have a excessive collection of Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror books causing your shelves to curve, give this book a shot. You won't be able to put it down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The sad bit about the book is the name “Boy at the gate” – Danny waits at the gate for his mam who has said she’ll be back for him and she never does. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sheila Camp
Great book. Have read it twice now. Love the style of innocent humour embedded amongst the tragic truths.Published on 6 Jan. 2015 by Mr Paul Kemp
Depressing and all too familiar in this day of revelationsPublished on 19 Aug. 2014 by Mrs. M. G. Clarke
This boy had such a tragic life, but things were never made easy for him,the institution was awful, and heartbreak to read about. Read morePublished on 31 May 2014 by Gilly
Knowing how Danny's songs affect me, they reduce me to tears, I was in no doubt when I began reading this book that I was in for something special. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2014 by Jules