Boy's Life Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Both a mystery that will satisfy the most finicky aficionado and a boisterous travelogue through a stormy season in a 12-year-old's life, this novel follows a boy and his father as they seek a killer in 1964 Alabama.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
In 1964, 12-year-old Cory Mackenson lives with his parents in Zephyr, Alabama. It is a sleepy, comfortable town. Cory is helping with his father's milk route one morning when a car plunges into the lake before their eyes. His father dives in after the car and finds a dead man handcuffed to the steering wheel. Their world no longer seems so innocent: a vicious killer hides among apparently friendly neighbors. Other, equally unsettling transmogrifications occur: a friend's father becomes a shambling bully under the influence of moonshine, decent men metamorphose into Klan bigots, "responsible" adults flee when faced with danger for the first time. With the aid of unexpected allies, Cory faces hair-raising dangers as he seeks to find the secret of the dead man in the lake. McCammon writes an exciting adventure story. He also gives us an affecting tale of a young man growing out of childhood in a troubled place and time. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/91; Literary Guild dual main selection.
- David Keymer, SUNY Inst. of Technology, Utica
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In the early nineties, a friend passed along some paperbacks she thought I would enjoy reading. There might have been a half dozen of them. But, only one I remember. Boy's Life by Robert McCammon.
I read it, talked about it, then read it again. I gave the book to my son to read. Probably the first time I'd ever passed along one of my books to him. He was around fourteen at the time.
Due to downsizing over the years, I've had to be very selective about which books I keep. I never considered parting with Boy's Life. It's a classic. A few years ago, my son bought me a new copy to replace the one held together with an elastic band.
Robert McCammon has a staggering imagination. No, not every writer does. McCammon fearlessly combined mystery with fantasy with action with suspense and tied them all up in one incredible story.
This book has it all. Is that what makes it unforgettable? Not really. There are many reasons. For me, one stands out above the rest.
It goes back to my love of people. I love meeting the characters in books. You see, that is my weakness and my strength - protagonists and antagonists. The more realistic the better. Actually, the most unrealistic character that seems real is even better than that.
Boy's Life has the most credible as well as the most extraordinarily unbelievable cast.
In my opinion, McCammon's most admirable quality is his talent for getting inside his characters − becoming his characters.Read more ›
It begins when Cory and his father witness a car disappearing into a lake rumored to be bottomless. Cory's father dives in, and before the car goes completely under, he witnesses something terrifying: a man, handcuffed to the wheel, with copper wire around his throat. Murdered.
But summer is coming. A summer filled with wonder, mystery, magic, and tragedy. It is a summer where Cody will realize that magic can really happen; where he will witnesses a creature that should've been extinct millions of years ago; where he will discover the power and love of family, and the unbreakable bond of friendship; where he will know terror as no one ever has.
Robert R. McCammon's writing is not always consistent. Some of his novels, such as "Mystery Walk," have been almost unreadable; others, such as "Stinger" and "Swan Song," have been enjoyable but forgettable; others, such as "Wolf's Hour," have been masterpieces. "Boy's Life" belongs in this latter category.
A comparison to Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine" is unavoidable; however, McCammon manages to throw something into his tale that even Bradbury could not: suspense. This is a suspense novel, set aound a young boy and his quest for the truth, no matter what the cost.
"Boy's Life" is completely enchanting and thoroughly unforgettable. It is a novel for fans of any literay genre. It is, plain and simple, a masterpiece.
Most recent customer reviews
This is simply a great book written by a great storyteller. You don't feel like you you are reading it, you feel like you are listening and being drawn in. Highly recommended.Published 4 months ago by Keena Friedrichsmeier
After reading this, I've decided that Robert McCammon deserves a spot on my shortlist of favorite authors. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2014 by Rose
The innocence of a boys life in a small town with the underlining hatred that was Alabama in the 60's. Sprinkle on a wee bit of magic and you have one absolutely amazing book. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2013 by David Redding
Robert McCammon has a great ability to draw you right into the story. The characters are interesting and believable. I love his writing style. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2013 by M&E's_Nanny
McCammon has such a range of storylines and characters. Great characterization of being a kid and how challenging such a simple time in our life can feel. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2013 by mcrevenue
I simply love this book. After I read if the first time, I lent it to every single reader I knew. When it got back to me, I had to buy a second copy because it was falling apart! Read morePublished on May 24 2011 by P. Carriere
I first read "Boy's Life" when it was first published over 10 years ago. I was still a young'un in college and could really relate to Cory's tale of childhood chills... Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by David Girod
I was born in 1969 and grew up in Brooklyn, so Cory's little town and historical events were not part of my world, but his childhood adventures and fears sure were. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Mr. George Kaplan
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