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Nitely an American classic along with his book on Vietnam Knowing that everything comes to an end is a gift of experience a consolation gift for knowing that we ourselves are coming to an end Before we get it we I can t very well articulate why this book elicited a 5 star response from me which is why I enjoyed it so much Despite not being able to put my finger on me which is why I enjoyed it so much Despite not being able to put my finger on I found myself wanting to get back to it all the timeNot a reaction I typically have to memoirs by established authorsHe spoke in away that maintained the feel of adolescence without condescending hindsight or grandiose naivety The writing seems so simple and concise and yet there were numerous times when I had to fight my urge to underline the threading together of 3 or 4 words note to Sarah I kept your book as pristine as the day I pilfered it from your house The description of watching tv in a dark room with his step father keeps coming to mind ps Sarah it s on your desk at work thanks I don t know if I ve been specifically targeting good reads subconsciously or if I ve just been Banish Clutter Forever lucky that they re falling into myap Regardless the kinda funny a Stolen Magic (Stardust, little sad uite insightful This Boy s Life by Tobias Wolff struck the old chord with me and continued that trend Long may itastAs a somewhat rudderless boy myself I enjoyed this story of a somewhat rudderless boy growing up with only a transient mother and the occasional uncaring abusive stepfather This is a fairly typical coming of age tale which in this case includes vignettes on getting into fights making and breaking friendships girls and their potential for a horny young man trying to be cool cars guns etc and then some Published in 89 this feels a whole The Billionaire Daddy lot older Probably because it mostly describes things that happened in theate 50s and early 60s It reminds me a bit of A Christmas Story in that way just morbid Perhaps Pistols for Two likening it the tv show The Wonder Years would be to the mark Yes just think of the young Tobias as a realess Hollywood chipper Kevin ArnoldWolff s prose is a joy to read Every once in a while he Stronger lays down a sweet assine that makes ya go hmmm does the Arsenio move There were times when I got uite ost in his words However this is a particularly intimate memoir and there are a few intense moments that draw you right *INTO THE SCENE MAKING YOU HOLD YOUR BREATH AND *the scene making you hold your breath and pray for a positive outcome That s uality writingWhile I doubt this will be a five star book for everyone Wolfe s writing style and the stories he told were utterly relatable in my mind The book felt familiar to me and some of the aspects of my own coming of age story However even readers who can t relate personally to the content should still be able to derive a good deal of enjoyment from it Find all of my reviews at read this book almost two months ago and have struggled to come up with some kind any kind of review Sometimes when I read a memoir I m struck with the uestion what made this person think their personal history was novel worthy Such is the DNFI read just over half before calling it uitsToby s ife really wasn t as
bad as I expected Whether or not that s because of the way he tells as I expected Whether or not that s because of the way he tells story I m not sure It was flat and The Last Rite (Danilov Quintet, lacked feeling very matter of factThe narrative itself seemed endless It s dreary slow and boring It also jumps around at times enough to be confusingAll this was bad enough but I soldiered valiantly onwardsuntil it came to Toby beating the family dog with a floor mop A hunting dog that hid in fear at the first sound of a gun shot I went searching reviews andearned there was to come involving shooting at cats Big brave Toby I only hope someone took pot shots at him and then beat him with a floor mop. Asterful job of re creating the frustrations and cruelties of adolescence His various schemes running away to Alaska forging checks and stealing cars ead eventually to an act of outrageous self invention that releases him into a new world of possibilit.
free download This Boy's Life A MemoirPart of moving from being a teenager to a functional
is seeking own identity outside of what friends and family think of you Tobias Wolff s struggle with this is in part what makes this book such a great read Although he grew up in 1950 s Washington state and his ife experiences are somewhat different from mine it s the core of feelings of being a teenager that never change and are the same no matter what your circumstancesPart of what makes Wolff s struggle that much harder is that his mother makes poor choices of the men she brings into their ives When the book opens she s on the road trying to run from a bad relationship with Tobias in tow A truck passes them it has brake troubles The truck crashes and burns This is an apt metaphor for Wolff s ife as it s related in the book It s Love You To Death (Detective Ruby Preston, listed on the cover as an autobiography but it avoids the recitation of facts and readsike a novelWhat made Wolff s adolescence harder was a cruel and demanding step father It s been a Arnhem long time since I wanted to throttle a character from a book but Dwight his step father merits these strong feelings As someone who grew up with an abusive father I can relate to Wolff s struggle to maintain his self as an overbearing parent heartlessly heaps abuse upon abuseWolff tells that when he speaks to his children in anger he can recognize Dwight s voice as his own His youngest daughter shocked by the tone of his voice asked him if heoved herThe book isn t just a grim Fitness for Living litany of bad times Wolff relates his problems with a fair amount of wit and humor The problems Wolff faced aren t neatly resolved in this book eitherHighly recommended I saw the movie with Leo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro many years before reading this book Ioved the film and I also think it does justice to this fine book Very poignant and engaging throughout THIS BOY S LIFE is an excellent read I absolutely Love Is Blind loved this book Wolff s writing is so vivid and well paced I could hardly put it down This memoir readsike a brilliant novel A review in the San Francisco Chronicle says in part we are also moved by the universality of his experience The only thing I found universal was how awful it can be to be a teenager This is a uniue moving story WELL TOLD WOLFF REVEALS THE DEPTH told Wolff reveals the depth confusion of his young self by turns as the adult and the mother in me sees the scared boy behind the bravado How Do Any of Us SurviveThis is the fourth memoir of a ess than ideal childhood I ve read in as many weeks I have to say it s getting a bit old all this overcoming adversity stuff But I think it s safe to say that Tolstoy had it wrong Unhappy families are just as unvarying and just as routine as happy ones But at east occasionally the unhappy ones are interesting sometimes even revelatory Wolfe s memoir is interesting to me because he understands how his childhood shaped his culture not just his specific fears and aspirations mostly about violence but also his responses to the world in general His childhood as that of all of us created the character we attribute to the universe as well as our own To get that and consider both aspects of character may be about as close to maturity as we can getSo for example Wolff is able to articulate a basic relation which the child has intuited Power can be enjoyed *only when it is recognized and feared Fearlessness in those without power is maddening to those *when it is recognized and feared Fearlessness in those without power is maddening to those have it The implication of course is a sort of Don uixote self image which incites and justifies all sorts of boyish bad behavior But it is also worth noting that he is talking about a relationship here and therefore a dynamic explanation a theory of the world and how it works This is what s called a zero su. This unforgettable memoir by one of our most gifted writers introduces us to the young Toby Wolff by turns tough and vulnerable crafty and bumbling and ultimately winning Separated by divorce from his father and brother Toby and his mother are constantl. ,adult is seeking
N relation if you win I The World in the Curl lose Therefore if I can t win I make sure you can t either Pretty sophisticated stuff But then children are always sophisticated than adults rememberTo appreciate that one sife has been shaped by a rather clever inference about the world is clearly a sort of breakthrough The fact that others Connexity like me might have adopted similar theories ofiving is probably sufficient justification for publication The theory allowed him to negotiate A Personal Influence life as a boy and as a young man it helped Wolff to survive In short Wolff s puerileogic worked power could be withstood and even occasionally overcome Not bad for a boy from a broken family growing up poor and with no obvious prospectsBut of course the very success of this strategy for contending with power masks a deeper issue which is also very practical but by its nature must be raised in philosophical Americas First City language Is one sife best spent contending with power Success in beating power at its own game may be considered successful merely because of the deprivations one has experienced Couldn t it be that it is just this criterion of success which has to be overcome that perhaps *The World Isn T *world isn t an arena of power exercised and power subverted or deflectedThis is not an easy thing to even allow into consciousness much Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, less address Theast thing any of us wants to do is uestion what we have implicitly Neutered by the vet (The League of Dominant Women lived ourives for It takes a particular sort of Charity Girl lonely courage to permit it to percolate up throughayers of experience acuired and confirmed over decades What we value is its own measure of success after all If power is what we have valued giving it up as unimportant feels Alipio like giving up one sifeBecause the memoir ends in Seducing Ingrid Bergman late adolescence there is only a hint that Wolff s worldview of power and its control is starting to crack He has a horrifying thought at one point for example that his behavior just might be a solemn choreography of earnest useless acts And that perhaps the spectrum of power relationships he has inferred doesn t exhaust the range of humanife It takes a childish or corrupt imagination to make symbols of other people he says He knows he must somehow redeem himself but that in order to have a hope of another s idea of redemption I would have to give up my own A bird in the hand means one can t do anything else with that hand So it s The Guardship (Thomas Marlowe, likely that most of us go throughife self handicapped by our successes Life is a turkey shootYeah you know sometimes you shoot so well and win the turkey sometimes you A Secret Place lose and sometimes there isn t even any turkey You could try to be honest and keep your nose clean but it doesn t guarantee anything A screwed up kid whoies cheats forges documents drinks and steals not to mention damaging property gets kicked out of schools but winds up with a degree from Oxford a nationally famous writer and professor at one of the best universities He writes clear strong prose that stays with you for a ong time Read this book or In Pharaoh s Army or some of his short stories This is the story of his teenage years mostly in Washington state in a town called Concrete An absent father a Pollyannaish mother and an abusive stepfather all created a kind of hell on earth for Tobias Wolff But when you re that age
you re not sure maybe that s there not sure Maybe that s the it s supposed to be "THIS IS A BOOK THAT DOESN " is a book that doesn excuse himself it s just all there in black and white You could see the 1993 movie too with Leonardo di Caprio in the title role and with Robert de Niro as the abusive stepfather Ellen Barkin is ovely as the mother But the book is far richer Tobias never got to even compete in that turkey shoot way back then but I reckon he got the prize in Life It s defi. Y on the move yet they develop an extraordinarily close almost telepathic relationship As Toby fights for identity and self respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather his experiences are at once poignant and comical and Wolff does a