A Boy's Own Story: A Novel by Edmund White

By Edmund White

Initially released in 1982 because the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's personal Story grew to become an quick vintage for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The book's unnamed narrator, becoming up in the course of the Nineteen Fifties, is beset by way of aloof mom and dad, a merciless sister, and incessant mocking from his friends, compelling him to find artworks and literature as solace-and to discover new relationships within the fight to include his personal sexuality. Lyrical and poignant, with robust evocations of disgrace and craving, this can be an American literary treasure.

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I’d told them the truth, how she 46 was shot when we were trying to get my uncle’s ferrets, but I wasn’t convincing them. I had blood all over me and I knew my nose was broken. Every time I breathed I just seemed to breathe blood. I thought I might drown in it. ’ I glanced around me. There were four pale faces, all intent on Kevin’s story. Kevin was looking down at his mug again. I don’t know whether he realised the effect he was having. ‘So, anyway, in came these other two soldiers. I was hardly aware of them, but the wardsman told me all about it later.

This war had changed us all, and not always for the worse. ’ Homer asked. Suddenly, at this simple question, Kevin seemed to fall apart. His face crumpled and for a minute he couldn’t get his words out. Fi gripped his hand tighter and I patted his back. He hardly needed to say anything; he’d already answered the question. ‘Sorry,’ he stammered. ’ Robyn asked gently. Kevin just nodded. ‘They’re OK as long as you do what they say. ’ I was thinking again of how badly Kevin had been beaten up when he arrived at Wirrawee Hospital with Corrie.

We left it back in Hell. Anyway, there hadn’t been much news of the war at all, and what there was seemed all bad. And then wherever we looked we saw colonists. We’ve hardly seen any opposition. ’ ‘Well, there’s been quite a lot going on. They had a radio at the Showground, a secret one, that not even all the prisoners knew about. But Dad listened to it, and he passed on news to me. ’ Kevin looked astonished. ‘Geez, you don’t know much. ’ ‘Nuh, not really. They control that too, now, because it’s so bare they can easily pick up anyone moving around.

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