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A Boy's Name Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I flicked through this book and thought it was just another rambling mystery, but BOY was I WRONG. I'm glad I took a chance and read it. This is a real winner. Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2005
I read this novel because it was recommended by a friend, and I glad I did. I haven't read such an interesting and heartfelt novel in a long long time. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2005