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A Boy's Name by [Queen, Stephen]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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This is a coming-of-age story set in 1920's Scotland. It is a beautifully written journey of discovery as we follow one boy's life through his slow awakening to adulthood, through the swirling mists of teenage confusion as he experiences death, love, revenge and discovery of secrets. These are the catalysts for growing up, culminating in the defining moment when he recognises it is the moment to grow up, take responsibility and fulfil who he is.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 800 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pen Press (21 Oct. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QZJ71Q
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,450,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The first three quarters of this book kept me fairly gripped and I was keen to find out the solution to the various mysteries. As it approached the end, however, it became somewhat silly, with some giant plot holes. I don't want to give spoilers, but perhaps I might mention that telephones have never run on mains electricity, and that even if they did, a power cut in one town (before the National Grid) would not mean that the only way to communicate would be a long drive. What schools have ever been in session between Christmas and New Year? The revelations of who's who depend on unlikely coincidences of a Dickensian nature.

The author has strange quirks. Hot chocolate (in fact known as cocoa in the 1920s!) and hot baths are particular obsessions of his. Food and drink of all kinds play an extraordinary part, even when of no relevance. For some reason, he doesn't seem to know the word "hymn". The church services he describes have "songs".

The main problem with the book, however, is the author's general lack of knowledge of the 1920s. If you are going to set a book in a bygone period, surely a bit of research, or at least checking, is in order. Teabags? "Exotic" coloured underwear for boys? A hardware shop where the customers wander around with items from the shelves? Young people calling unrelated adults by their first names? Respectable women casually saying "Jesus Christ" in conversation without anyone turning a hair? If we look at some of the other turns of phrase, it starts to become laughable. People greeting each other with "Hi", "What are you like?", "between a rock and a hard place", "we better", "this new technology", etc., etc., etc. (There are also quite a few basic grammar mistakes).

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Of all the books I've read this year, "A Boy's Name" ranks high among the best so far. Although I found the first few chapters slow, after that it takes off with speed and provides a very enjoyable read. The mixture of emotions this novel provides are suitable for all readers. The life and death issues are written in such a way as to provoke the reader into looking at things from a very different perspective. I particularly liked how this novel ran with many different plots, which rolled together into one explosive and gripping ending. There is little to confuse the reader in the novel. The narrated story takes the reader by the hand through a year in the life of two 1920s boys and shows us just how life can deal us all a strange hand.
When I think about this novel, I have to laugh at the title, although I'm laughing more at myself than anything else. Once you've read and understood this novel you'll know exactly what I mean. This is a novel which I will read again. I'm sure I missed much of what the writer was trying to impart. As a recommendation, this is a great novel to read. It's inspired me in many ways. I look forward to reading more from this writer.
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This is a remarkable book. The story has everything a reader could want and a whole lot more. It was a pleasure to be able to read a novel that didn't pick and choose from other writers. Although I'm not sure what it is, there is a certain something about this book that made me want to read it again. I was intrigued by the twisted plot and the constant snippets of clues that lingered throughout the entire story. This is by no means a straight forward novel. The fine detail that have been sewn into this work has been expertly performed. The author has provided a clear view of what he intended, although the majority of the visible content has been described in such a way as to provoke the reader to see the landscape through their own eyes. This lack of description in some areas is also vital for an important issue within the story. When you've read this novel I'm sure you'll see what I mean. As a debut novel, this book is remarkable and well carried off.
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