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Boy's Life (1991)

av Robert McCammon

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The lake's depths claim a car and a corpse. Cory and his father begin searching for the truth of this death. Cory's life explodes into a kaleidoscope of clues and puzzles. As he searches for a killer he learns more about the meaning of life, and death.
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I don't know why this seems to be often tagged/shelved as "horror". It's a nostalgia-inducing murder mystery with a good dose of magical realism, and at that ... it's pretty good. If you were a kid during the 90s and enjoyed stuff like EarthBound, you'll probably like this. The darkness of the main plot is interspersed with chapters of silly lightheartedness, making this a page-turning wild ride of emotions. ( )
  fmqa | Sep 5, 2021 |
I read this book when it was first released almost 25 years ago. I remembered the basic storyline and some of the points, but had forgotten most of it, other than the lingering feeling that I absolutely loved it back then.

As I worked my way chronologically through McCammon's works (most for the first time), I always had my eye on this one, waiting for it, anticipating it, hoping it would live up to that memory.

It didn't.

Instead, it surpassed it.

A writer has many jobs. They have to construct a solid story, create a world for it to occur in, build believable, engaging characters to carry that story. They have to do with only 26 letters and a handful of punctuation. It's never easy, and most fail. Others perform this adequately. But then there are the few that go beyond and offer the reader one thing more: wonder.

There's so much magic in this novel. It captures the aching beauty of being a young kid in a more innocent time. It remembers what the world felt like when it was full of wonder. It allowed me, as the reader, to feel that adolescent wonder, forty years after I'd been there.

The first time around, I read the novel. This time around, I chose to listen to it on audio. This, on reflection, was likely a mistake. I tend to do most of my listening while taking my dog for long walks through the neighbourhood. With Boy's Life, I found myself walking by the baseball diamond just as the kids were having their wondrous moment with Nemo in the ball field. I'm sure other pedestrians wondered about me as I burst out laughing in delight at the antics of Lucifer the monkey, and walked with a lump in my throat and tears streaming down my cheeks at a couple of sadder moments in the story.

In the Blue World anthology, there was a couple of times McCammon channeled Ray Bradbury. With this novel, he struck the perfect balance between Bradbury, circa Something Wicked This Way Comes and Stephen King's The Body (also known as the movie Stand By Me.

I can't say enough about this novel. I'd forgotten much of it over the years. I'll never let that happen again. Whenever I'm feeling my age, I can simply open this book and within moments, I'll be twelve years old again and full of wonder.
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  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
A superb coming of age novel full of mystery, humor and warmth. A tad long and it becomes somewhat arduous in reading but a wonderful experience with great characters and a compelling story. ( )
  dugmel | Jun 30, 2021 |
First book this year to make my "all time favorites" list. For a lot of us, books like this are why we became life-long readers. I only wish that there were more of them. Boy's Life not only entertained me but reminded me of why I love reading (and movies). McCammon's masterpiece deserves to sit on the shelf with other classic "coming of age" novels like Something Wicked This Way Comes, Dandelion Wine, and IT. It taps right into that magical stage in life when we are about 12 and we learn about the fallibility of adults, mortality (even our own), that evil exists in many forms and that the monsters in this world are not vampires or werewolves but are quite real and sometimes mean to hurt us, and that time is passing---even for us. We learn of the persistence of evil and of good, and that sometimes magic can change the rules. You may find yourself stopping, setting the book down for a minute, and smiling at a particularly beautiful passage or a great scene, or remembering your own youth--maybe even shedding a tear or two and when you leave these wonderful characters behind at the end of the story you will remember them. Because they are us. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
One of the best coming of age books I've ever read. To Kill a Mockingbird with a bit of magical realism. I'd recommend this book to anyone without reservation. ( )
  PitcherBooks | Feb 23, 2021 |
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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.
 
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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 we saw a distant land,
where our folks were always ageless,
and time was shifting sand.
We filled up life with living,
with grins, scabbed knees, and noise.
In glass I see an older man,
but this book's for the boys.
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To my mother, the world was a vast quilt whose stitches were always coming undone. Her worrying somehow worked like a needle, tightening those dangerous seams.
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The lake's depths claim a car and a corpse. Cory and his father begin searching for the truth of this death. Cory's life explodes into a kaleidoscope of clues and puzzles. As he searches for a killer he learns more about the meaning of life, and death.

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