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{Read Epub} á 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 awardwinning masterpiece, a novel of Southern boyhood, growing up in the s, 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 youngand of innocence lost Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for elevenyearold Cory Mackensona 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 lakeand a desperate rescue attempt brings his father facetoface 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 hometownfor his father's sanity and his own life hang in the balance


10 thoughts on “Boy's Life

  1. Char Char says:

    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 out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God's sake. And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they'd allowed to wither in themselves.

    Do yourself a favor. Read this book. ...


  2. Mort Mort says:

    I have neither the words nor the talent to adequately describe what this book did to me. It should be on your bucket list, no matter who you are.

    On the surface, this book is a murder mystery. Forget the minimal supernatural elements, it plays a much smaller part than you might think.
    It's a coming-of-age story about a twelve year old boy, Cory Mackenson, growing up in a town called Zephyr in the early sixties. And the story begins with him and his father, witnessing the aftermath of a murder and the killer's attempt to hide it.
    And, BAM, you find yourself in a different world.

    It takes an exceptional writer to tell this story in 600 pages without boring the reader. This book is truly a masterpiece of literature - simply because of the feelings it invokes in the reader.

    So, what happens in this story?
    Everything! Absolutely EVERYTHING!

    Allow me to explain.
    I was 17 years old when I read IT by Stephen King - a daunting ta...


  3. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Update: $1.99 Kindle US 9/21/19

    I 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 that went on throughout the book and finally getting to the end game of it all.

    I have laughed and cried during this book. Some parts even made my heart soar and also plummet at the atrocities of evil people.

    This book has a little of so many things. I recommend it to every one.


  4. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    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 Audiobook...I'm DONE!!!
    I don't care what the hell happens -- I can't remember when I've completely disliked a book more

    The 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 dull it would have been ok with me. Better yet, I was getting resentful with all this boys interpretation about every piece of furniture-his mother's or father's differences.....
    ( and his fricken wisdom about how his parents differences made for a good marriage).
    I could have cared less about the spots of turtles ( as a metaphor for the truth)....

    OMG.... and there were TOO MANY metaphors in this book. I was startin...


  5. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    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 the story. (view spoiler)[The boys flying? I mean I know it was in their imagination but I did not feel that went with the rest of the story...and the dog? WTH? (hide spoiler)]


  6. Petrik Petrik says:

    A magnificent coming-of-age standalone.

    Fantasy and sci-fi will always be my favorite genres to read. I’m not ashamed to say that I haven’t read a lot of novels outside SFF; mainly because I found the popular and the highly acclaimed non-SFF books that I've read so far to be mostly disappointing or just not satisfying enough. However, there will always be that rare occurrence where I pick up a random book outside of my favorite genre and realized that I have been transported by a magical portal. Boy’s Life was that kind of book; it grabbed my full attention since the prologue and it still dazzled me after I finished it.

    Picture: Boy’s Life by David Ho



    I’m almost 30 years old now and reading this book as an adult simply hit my feelings on all front. I was transported to my childhood for a while. M...


  7. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    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 to write like Stephen King that you could taste it. I thought about tossing it back on the to-read mountain. Then it grabbed me. I wolfed it down in less than 24 hours.

    While it has some crime and horror elements, Boy's Life is a coming of age tale more than anything else. It reminded me of Stephen King's The Body (aka Stand by Me) at first, but it's a lot more than that.

    Cory is eleven when the story begins, growing up in a small Alabama town calle...


  8. Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror says:

    You know, it's a weighty thing when you've read as many books as I have over my 41 years of life and you finish a book that becomes your new favorite of all time.
    I never thought I'd read anything that impressed me as much as a Stephen King book. I mean, for a long time Salem's Lot was the gold standard, then it was The Shining, then IT. My favorite book for many, many years was IT. Until just now.
    Boy's Life is my new favorite, standalone novel.
    It's literally everything.
    It's an adventure, it's a mystery, it's a thriller, it's paranormal, it's supernatural, it's a coming of age tale, it's nostalgic and modern at the same time. It's personal and intimate but it's also a book for everyone. The protagonist, Cory and his dad, remind me of the father/son relationship in Roald Dahl's Danny, the Champion of the World, one of my most beloved stories.
    There are so many memorable scenes and lovable characters. There are quotes for DAYS! I couldn't keep up with them a...


  9. Em Lost In Books Em Lost In Books says:

    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 but going back to my own memories of class room, stupid chatter with friends, that excitement before the summer vacations and bicycle adventures. If you'll read this I am sure you will relate yourself to Cory in one way or other.

    This story so beautifully shows emotions for a 12 year old. Be it love, happiness, elatio...


  10. Matthew Matthew says:

    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 while at the same time having to step up and accept the realities of adulthood.

    Another oddity of this book is that every few pages something mystical and wild happens and it is never hinted at as being part of the narrator's imagination; it is completely integrated into the story. It leads to some very interesting questions and blows the mind.

    While this is a long book, it may read quickly for some. If you are a fan of early King and/or character study books, th...