I don t know if I ve been specifically targeting good reads subconsciously or if I ve just been lucky that they re falling into my lap Regardless the kinda funny a little sad quite insightful This
I don't know if I've been specifically targeting good reads subconsciously or if I've just been lucky that they're falling into my lap. Regardless, the kinda funny, a little sad, quite insightful This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff struck the old chord with me and continued that trend. Long may it last!As 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 lot older. Probably because it mostly describes things that happened in the late '50s and early 60s. It reminds me a bit of A Christmas Story in that way, just more morbid. Perhaps likening it the tv show "The Wonder Years" would be more to the mark. Yes, just think of the young Tobias as a more real, less Hollywood-chipper Kevin Arnold.Wolff's prose is a joy to read. Every once in a while he lays down a sweet-ass line that makes ya go "hmmm". *does the Arsenio move* There were times when I got quite lost 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 possibly pray for a positive outcome. That's quality writing.While 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. Bestseller This Boy's Life Author Tobias Wolff go inside Books 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 constantly on the move, yet they develop an extraordinarily close, almost telepathic relationship As Toby fights for identiThis 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 constantly 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 masterful job of re creating the frustrations and cruelties of adolescence His various schemes running away to Alaska, forging checks, and stealing cars lead eventually to an act of outrageous self invention that releases him into a new world of possibility.. Tobias Jonathan Ansell Wolff is a writer of fiction and nonfiction.He is best known for his short stories and his memoirs, although he has written two novels.Wolff is the Ward W and Priscilla B Woods Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, where he has taught classes in English and creative writing since 1997 He also served as the director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford from 2000 to 2002.. Popular Book This Boy's Life Part of moving from being a teenager to a functional adult is seeking your 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 life 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 circumstances.Part of what makes Wolff’s struggle that much harder is that his mother makes poor choices of the men she brings into their lives. 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 life as it’s related in the book. It’s listed on the cover as an autobiography, but it avoids the recitation of facts and reads like a novel.What made Wolff’s adolescence harder was a cruel and demanding step-father. It’s been a 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 abuse.Wolff 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 he loved her.The book isn’t just a grim 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 either.Highly recommended.