Boy's Life

Boy s Life In me are the memories of a boy s life spent in that realm of enchantments These are the things I want to tell you Robert McCammon delivers a tour de force of storytelling BookPage in his award winni

  • Title: Boy's Life
  • Author: Robert McCammon
  • ISBN: 9780671743055
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In me are the memories of a boy s life, spent in that realm of enchantments These are the things I want to tell you Robert McCammon delivers a tour de force of storytelling BookPage in his award winning masterpiece, a novel of Southern boyhood, growing up in the 1960s, that reaches far beyond that evocative landscape to touch readers universally Boy s Life is a rIn me are the memories of a boy s life, spent in that realm of enchantments These are the things I want to tell you Robert McCammon delivers a tour de force of storytelling BookPage in his award winning masterpiece, a novel of Southern boyhood, growing up in the 1960s, that reaches far beyond that evocative landscape to touch readers universally Boy s Life is a richly imagined, spellbinding portrait of the magical worldview of the young and of innocence lost Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven year old Cory Mackenson a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face to face with a terrible, haunting vision of death As Cory struggles to understand his father s pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him From an ancient mystic who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometown for his father s sanity and his own life hang in the balance.

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    1. There is no way that any review could live up to this book. It is utterly fabulous. It reels you in and never lets you go. It will bring back every good memory that you had while growing up. The feeling of freedom you experienced riding your bike, exploring wooded areas and just generally being a kid. One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from this book:  We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right [...]

    2. This is one of those books that I've beat myself over the head with how to rate it. I'm going with five stars because it's a book I will remember. I think some of the story felt familiar to me because other author's have been influenced by this writing. And there is not a thing wrong with that, because this was superb.It follows eleven year old Cory for a full year in his life. The 1960's growing up in a small town. A town that magic existed in. I had some trouble I do admit with some parts of t [...]

    3. Update: Kindle US for $1.99 today 11-27-17I am almost at a loss of words about this book. It is one of my favorites now. I thought it was going to be just about a mystery of who murdered someone and and father and son trying to find out the mystery! Even though it was a little before my time all of the things that happened in Corys childhood is so familiar growing up hearing all of the stories from family. Granted a lot of the same things were in my childhood but I digress. I loved the mystery t [...]

    4. While riding with his father on the milk route, Cory Mackenson witnesses a car plunging into a bottomless lake with a dead man handcuffed to the steering wheel. Will they figure out who the man was before the memory destroys them?Yeah, that's not a great teaser for this. How do you summarize a couple years in the life of a young boy?I tried hard not to like this book. For the first quarter of it, it wasn't hard. Boy's Life feels overwritten for what it is and Robert McCammon was trying so hard t [...]

    5. I QUIT!!!I can't stand this book any longer! I mean .I REALLY can't stand it!!!!!After about 4 hours of my time listening to the AudiobookI'm DONE!!!I don't care what the hell happens -- I can't remember when I've completely disliked a book moreThe guys voice on the Audiobook sounds condescending to me most of the time.Other times the writing itself is too syrupy sweet. I was bored to death -- I felt everything was OVER-DESCRIBED. My God.I didn't care if the door was shiny. If the damn door was [...]

    6. This was a very good book with two main plot lines and a separate smaller plot in almost every chapter. It reminded me of, and I have read this comparison elsewhere as well, Different Seasons era Stephen King.One of the great things about this book is that it perfectly embodies pre-pubecent innocence and coming of age. I was discussing this in one of my book clubs and we talked about how the main characters had yet to reach the the point of disenchanted teenagers driven by angst and hormones whi [...]

    7. If I had to pick JUST ONE book that was my favorite (with a gun to my head, obviously, which is the only way I could ever choose between my favorite books) I would choose this one. It blew me away the first time I read it, and it continues to blow me away each and every time I pick it up. I'm getting all shivery right now, just thinking of reading it.My favorite quote -- "We all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to [...]

    8. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/“Don’t be in a hurry to grow up. Hold on to being a boy as long as you can, because once you lose that magic, you’re always begging to find it again.”Boy’s Life is a selection I’ve actively avoided ever since it first popped up on my radar due to its unprecedented 4.55 rating amongst my ’ friends. (If you aren’t familiar with them, let’s just say they aren’t a real forgiving group of readers and leave it with that so they don’t slit [...]

    9. 5 stars because nothing else will do. 5 stars for the writing, the characters, the plot, the magic. For letting me be inside the mind of a 12 year old boy who is all of us at 12. For the town of Zephyr, Alabama. For Old Moses, The Lady, Mona and Little Stevie Cauley. For 600 pages of sheer entertainment and good writing.I dedicate this review to Mike Sullivan, moderator of the group ON THE SOUTHERN LITERARY TRAIL. He assigned this one as his October moderator's choice, and I sighed and thought t [...]

    10. Wow! To say that I loved this book is an understatement. I don't know why it took me so many years to decide to read it. Perhaps it was the length that put me off; the book is over 600 pages. I shouldn't have let that stop me. Once I got started, the story flowed and kept my attention until the very end.The book begins with the narrator prefacing his story as an adult. He tells us that he believes in magic, and then he proceeds to tell us about the year when he was twelve years old in a little t [...]

    11. “Lyric” it said: “Melodic. Suitable for singing. A lyric poem. Of the lyre.” That didn’t seem to make much sense in regards to a movie theatre, until I continued following "lyre" in my dictionary. "Lyre" took me into the story-poems sung by travelling minstrels back when there were castles and kings. Which took me back to that wonderful word; story. It seemed to me at an early age that all human communication- whether it’s TV, movies, or books- begins with somebody wanting to tell a [...]

    12. Edit: September 19th, Kindle version is available for $1.99It’s 1964 and Cory Mackenson is a 12-year old boy living in a town and time where boys that age are fairly free of supervision to wander about town together, playing freely through their summers and Saturdays – Sundays are for church. Aside from Cory’s Dad, a milkman, and his Mom, there are Cory’s buddies, his classmates, and a cast of characters in this town, including the neighboring town of Bruton, where The Lady lives. This c [...]

    13. Look, up in the sky!! Is that Lil' Nemo’s baseball hurtling to Earth with such an impact that it’ll wipe out all of mankind?Sucker! Made you look.I almost gave this three stars!Oh, the inhumanity!!I wasn’t quite as smitten by this book as some of my more learned friends – you know who you are.McCammon is a fine writer; he creates some evocative characters; he lays out some of the most remarkable scenes that I have ever read; some of his passages threw me back to my own youth; he can turn [...]

    14. Boy’s lifeis like colorful, multilayered crazy patchwork woven from boyish dreams and desires, a dash of magic and forgotten long time ago by our adult self power to fly. It’s a dish compounded from carefully chosen ingredients that tastes of sweetness of children’s smiles and bitterness of their tears. It’s entering to our dreamed secret garden, realm inhabited both by bloodthirsty monsters and noble sheriffs, heroes that occupied our childish imagination. It’s a nostalgic journey int [...]

    15. This is a Magical story of a boy Cory, he narrates to us about his life in the year 1964 in a small town of Zephyr Alabama where anything and everything happens. His experiences and friendships want to make you tearful and joyful he is on a journey of self discovery and of mysteries that haunt his father and the lake. A highly recommended read one to make my list of must reads, Robert McCammon is a underrated writer a master craftsman storyteller. 'Because Death cannot be known. It cannot be bef [...]

    16. "No!!! Why did it end…I don’t want to close the book, I don’t want to leave Zephyr, Alabama." (Throws tantrum)This was truly magical absolutely breathtaking & one of the best books I have ever read… So much life came out of this book, the author (bless him) managed to capture the true essence of childhood, the beauty of imagination and the importance of naivety. The way most people describe the love for this book and the countless recommendation for this one, I can finally say I unde [...]

    17. Boy's Life is one of those books you do not want to end.A beautiful coming of age story that takes place in Zephyr, Alabama. The time is the early 60's; men still work as milkmen and women devote much of their time to baking, though it has its bad sides: racial prejudices and segregation are still actual problems. The protagonist is a 12 yar old boy, named Cory Mackenson. Cory doesn't have TV and video games; but he has no problem living to the fullest without these. After all, there are bikes, [...]

    18. Boy's Life is about Cory Mackenson, the southern town of Zephyr and the magic of every day life.We had a monster in the river, and a secret in the lake. We had a ghost that haunted the road behind the wheel of a black dragster with flames on the hood. We had a Gabriel and a Lucifer, and a rebel that rose from the dead. We had an alien invader, a boy with a perfect arm, and we had a dinosaur loose on Merchants Street. It was a magic place." pg 10, ebook.The story begins with a death and a mystery [...]

    19. The year is 1964. The place, small town Zephyr, Alabama. Back when there was something magical about a summer just starting. Childhood buddies Cory, Davy Ray, Ben, and Johnny are twelve years old. It was impossible not to wax nostalgic while reading this coming of age story, as I, too, was twelve years old in the summer of 1964. No cell phones, no cable TV, no PCs. A simpler time, to be sure. Time was spent riding your bicycles, exploring, playing hard, and learning life's lessons, one by one. M [...]

    20. Splendid Story of Southern BoyhoodAnybody who has survived his childhood has enough information to last him the rest of his days. Flannery O'ConnorA 4.4--almost a 5. This 1991 novel likely won't be on syllabi in university literature classes this fall. Nonetheless, it's one of the most entertaining and heartfelt stories I've read of Southern childhood, though I think Donna Tartt's The Little Friend is better. This novel stayed with me for a while. Sometimes, this is exactly the kind of affable f [...]

    21. Great, enjoyable book that hits on so many different emotional levels, and does it so well. I also very much appreciate the author's acknowledgement section at the end as the various cultural references take me back to moments from my youth and their attendant memories. And all just a week before my high school reunion! What a perfect moment to read such a memory-laden book.As for the work itself, there is just so much here and I had so many different responses to it, all deftly drawn by McCammo [...]

    22. "You Don't Have To Leave What Is, To Visit What Was"Revisit the past by taking this sentimental journey into the 1960's in Zephyr, Alabama. Eleven year old Corey Mackenson and a memorable cast of well-defined characters (OMG Vernon) will make you both laugh and cry many times throughout the book. From a shocking murder comes haunting dreams, and from boyhood friendships comes both happiness and sorrow. There are creatures and ghosts, floods and bullies, and you'll not forget the wasp's from hell [...]

    23. This was the monthly read of a group that I am a member of. This is also the first book that I completed under my resolution of reading atleast one book of the monthly read of my groups. I was a little hesitant reading it (specially after the disaster of The Ocean at the End of the Lane). But this book was nothing like that. In every sense it is better than that. It just left me spellbound.Story captures a whole year of a boy's life named Cory Mackerson. While reading the book I couldn't help bu [...]

    24. I enjoyed this story about Cory Mackenson very much. This is a tale of good vs evil, friendship, family, racism and small town life. There is a little smattering of fantasy as well. There are many wonderful characters living in Zephyr, Alabama as well as several unsavory ones. The main crux of the story revolves around Cory and his dad witnessing a horrible scene early one morning while out delivering milk. The experience haunts Cory's dad. Cory is determined to help solve this mystery as his da [...]

    25. This is a surprising book. My brother and I (who mostly agree on absolutely nothing) both enjoyed this book. We came to the conclusion it might be a generational thing. I'm a "Boomer" while he would be on the tail end of that designation if not just after it. A boy and his bicyclea bike meant freedom then. I grew up in the foothills of the Smokies (Smoky Mountains)till I was 13. I was all over two counties on that bike. Then we moved to Dayton Ohio. There I covered the entire area on my Bike, Ba [...]

    26. This is what a novel should be; nostalgic, thrilling, and has tiny bits of magic.Not the abracadabra magic. But magic enough to amaze you, and still feel real. This a wonderful coming-of-age, fantasy, mystery story rolled into one. Reading this made me feel good about reading in general. That joy almost magical feeling books give you? Ahh, best feeling in the world, man. Boy's Life will give you that. This is a story of a 12 year old Cory Mackenson in Zephyr, Alabama in the 1960s. There's monste [...]

    27. You know how you can read a book, and when you are finished, you weep because there is no more? Well, this is one of those books. The story, the characters, the descriptive passagesoh, man, the descriptive passages. Positively magical was the passage about the young boys onthe last day of school before summer break. I had to put the book down and savor that for a while before I continued. Read the passage to my husband (and anyone else who would listen). Ya gotta read this book!

    28. 5 super big stars Wow, what a masterpiece. Robert McCammon has crafted, a timeless classic in this novel, Boy's Life. I can only try to give it justice with my review by comparing it to a great work of art. People are able to identify with great works of art. They can appreciate them, and attempt to understand them. They are worth "More than a 1000 words". So too is this novel by McCammon. This is a magical book that makes the reader “feel” the words and the stories. I feel that this book is [...]

    29. ★★★1/2Robert McCammon's coming-of-age classic, Boy's Life, is almost universally loved. So when I started the book and got about 5 chapters in, I was initially horrified to find that I didn't have the same warm feeling in my stomach the way others seemed to have when reading it. Had I finally realized that my taste was in fact not as impeccable as I'd thought? Was I going to have to write an unfavorable review for a beloved book and get roasted and trolled for it and lose the respect of my [...]

    30. We ran like young wild furies, where angels feared to tread. The woods were dark and deep. Before us demons fled. We checked Coke bottle bottoms to see how far was far. Our worlds of magic wonder were never reached by car. We loved our dogs like brothers, our bikes like rocket ships. We were going to the stars, to Mars we’d make round trips. We swung on vines like Tarzan, and flashed Zorro’s keen blade. We were James Bond in his Aston,we were Hercules unchained. We looked upon the future and [...]

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