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The Raggy Boy Trilogy Paperback – 1 Oct 2002
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Song for a Raggy Boy was written at a time when the whole truth about Irish reformatories had not emerged and seems subdued compared to the screenplay Galvin wrote a decade later, which became a film.Which is not to say it's bedtime reading. A sadistic maniac as Prefect, an assortment of drunks and lunatics who had no business being in charge of children, they're all there. There's much more truth, however, to be found in Trevor O'Mearchu's "Little Angels" if you can find it. However Raggy Boy is not without humour and the same wry expressiveness of Poor Boy.
Song for a Fly Boy is funny and viciously subversive. I enjoyed it as much as Galvin obviously enjoyed writing it.
The book is in 3 parts (film is of the middle one when he is sent to the industrial school); there are better memoirs of troubled Irish pasts though and none compare to Angela's Ashes.
An extremely talented man, i will be reading more of his work. Thumbs up from me.
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