This is the story of Arthur Fearon whose life is nasty, brutish and short. Beaten by his father and forced to leave school to work in the docks he stows away and is exposed to further miseries when discovered. This novel was successfully prosecuted for obscenity when published in the 1930s.
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"Boy has retained the capacity to disturb... not as pornography, but as a period piece of angry realism... its horrors stay with the reader." -- ZoŽ Heller
"Painfully honest and direct... the horror of the situation grips from cover to cover." -- The Financial Times
"Powerful and moving... Hanley's brilliance is to shock us whatever our level of sophistication... The reader's consciousness is seared by the experience." -- The Evening Standard
"The story is quite shattering in its impact." -- The Independent
"This novel has retained its power to shock... it is, quite simply, one of the bleakest books ever written... the raw power of Hanley's language prohibits the entry of even one small ray of light... Boy is unbearably affecting." -- Nick Hornby
Unique edition of one of the masterpieces of twenty-century English Literature. A rediscovered British author who has been compared to Hardy, Conrad, D.H. Lawrence and William Faulkner.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Light foxing to page edges Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006377906
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002087657
Book Description PENGUIN PUTNAM * TRADE, 1992. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition Thus. 0140184902 This softcover book is square and tight. The pages are clean, with no markings or folds. The wrappers are bright with only a whisper of wear to the points and no folds or creases to the spine. The condition is Very Good. Not ex-library. No remainder mark. There is a neatly penned notation on the first page. Bookseller Inventory # 006007