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SUMMARY Paperboy

Paperboy

Christopher Fowler's memoir captures life in suburban London as it has rarely been seen through the eyes of a lonely boy who spends his days between the library and the cinema devouring novels comics cereal packets anything that might reveal a story Caught between an ever sensibl. I have to confess that I have never read any of Christopher Fowler s fiction His early books didn t appeal his Bryant May series sounds wonderful but I haven t uite got to it yet So when I saw the man s name on the literary fiction bookshelf in the library I picked the book up out of general curiosity just to see what it was about I didn t mean to borrow it but as I scanned the early pages a few simple sentences caught my eye My bedroom was filled with reading material books salvaged from dustbins books borrowed from friends books with missing pages books found in the street abandoned unreadable torn scribbled on unloved unwanted and dismissed My bedroom was the Battersea Dogs Home of books With that I stopped thinking of Christopher Fowler as a to be read author and started thinking of him as a fellow book lover The book came home and I m very glad that it didAt the heart of Paperboy is a boy growing up in a London suburb in the fifties and sixties It s not a world I remember but the book brings it life beautifullyAnd then there s the family Dysfunctional is probably the word though it doesn t suit the period His mother struggles to hold the family together while his father was clearly troubled and difficult to live with And so young Christopher finds an escape route courtesy of the written word First comics then an assortment of books until he discovers the boundless possibilities of public librariesHis father will never understand Christopher but fortunately his mother does and gently encourages his reading and writing aspirationsIt s a simple story in many ways an unremarkable story and yet it s a story that comes completely to life because it is so perfectly observed and so packed with wonderful details And all considered with warmth wit intelligence and a distinctive point of viewI d love to share every detail but I can t so let s pick a few pages at random The futility of exam uestions His mother s list of favourite authors The joy of a new comic and a bar of chocolate The arrival of Doctor Who Reasons why the era of swinging London began in 1960 Caravan holidays The gap between British and Hollywood cinema Yes all of the details that illuminated a young life are hereThis is a book that you ll want to read from cover to cover but it s also a book you can dip into and enjoy a few pages at a timeI m very sorry that I shall have to give this one back to the library The Illusionists uite got to it yet So when I saw the man s name on the literary fiction bookshelf in the library I picked the book O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, up out of general curiosity just to see what it was about I didn t mean to borrow it but as I scanned the early pages a few simple sentences caught my eye My bedroom was filled with reading material books salvaged from dustbins books borrowed from friends books with missing pages books found in the street abandoned One for My Baby unreadable torn scribbled on Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, unloved We unwanted and dismissed My bedroom was the Battersea Dogs Home of books With that I stopped thinking of Christopher Fowler as a to be read author and started thinking of him as a fellow book lover The book came home and I m very glad that it didAt the heart of Paperboy is a boy growing The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, up in a London suburb in the fifties and sixties It s not a world I remember but the book brings it life beautifullyAnd then there s the family Dysfunctional is probably the word though it doesn t suit the period His mother struggles to hold the family together while his father was clearly troubled and difficult to live with And so young Christopher finds an escape route courtesy of the written word First comics then an assortment of books The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet, until he discovers the boundless possibilities of public librariesHis father will never The Asset (Wounded Warrior understand Christopher but fortunately his mother does and gently encourages his reading and writing aspirationsIt s a simple story in many ways an Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911, unremarkable story and yet it s a story that comes completely to life because it is so perfectly observed and so packed with wonderful details And all considered with warmth wit intelligence and a distinctive point of viewI d love to share every detail but I can t so let s pick a few pages at random The futility of exam Amazing Discoveries That Unlock the Bible uestions His mother s list of favourite authors The joy of a new comic and a bar of chocolate The arrival of Doctor Who Reasons why the era of swinging London began in 1960 Caravan holidays The gap between British and Hollywood cinema Yes all of the details that illuminated a young life are hereThis is a book that you ll want to read from cover to cover but it s also a book you can dip into and enjoy a few pages at a timeI m very sorry that I shall have to give this one back to the library

REVIEW ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Christopher Fowler

R family and something has to give but does it mean that a boy must always give up his dreams for the tough lessons of real life Beautifully written this rich and astute evocation of a time and a place recalls a childhood at once entertainingly eccentric and endearingly ordinary.. I was surprised to enjoy this a fraction less than the later Film Freak given that this phase of Fowler s memoirs focusses on his childhood and on his love of books and writing although the films come into it too Still enjoyable and funny and life in the Fowler household is just too sour for the nostalgia to become a cosy wallow Exemplifies uiet desperation There are wry footnotes for those not privileged to share the personal history by dint of being the other side of the Atlantic or about 40 but they rather fizzle out so there is for example no explanation of snoek although the passage in which it occurs where his godawful grandmother attempts a takeover is amusing enough in its grim wayIt s a very kind but clear sighted book He even tries to get his head round the ghastly granny which is perhaps why he s a good novelist Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries up his dreams for the tough lessons of real life Beautifully written this rich and astute evocation of a time and a place recalls a childhood at once entertainingly eccentric and endearingly ordinary.. I was surprised to enjoy this a fraction less than the later Film Freak given that this phase of Fowler s memoirs focusses on his childhood and on his love of books and writing although the films come into it too Still enjoyable and funny and life in the Fowler household is just too sour for the nostalgia to become a cosy wallow Exemplifies Engendering Song uiet desperation There are wry footnotes for those not privileged to share the personal history by dint of being the other side of the Atlantic or about 40 but they rather fizzle out so there is for example no explanation of snoek although the passage in which it occurs where his godawful grandmother attempts a takeover is amusing enough in its grim wayIt s a very kind but clear sighted book He even tries to get his head round the ghastly granny which is perhaps why he s a good novelist

Christopher Fowler º 6 SUMMARY

E but exhausted mother and a DIY obsessed father fighting his own demons Christopher takes refuge in words His parents try to understand their son's peculiar obsessions but fast lose patience with him and each other The war of nerves escalates to include every member of the Fowle. A memoir of a book loving boy growing up in England back in the 1950s 1960s when putting salt on your crisps passed for entertainment The food the pastimes the family dysfunctions the being gay the mivvis the toys and games It brought back memories made me smile and it made my heart bleedI was not allowed to mix with the kids from the next street because they lived above shops and were therefore common My mother had a peculiar sense of what constituted commonness Heinz Baked Beans football margarine Spam the Daily Mirror council flats motorbikes public displays of emotion playing in the street television tattoos dyed hair shouting swearing braces the Labour Party plimsolls worn with trousers over familiarity and failure to hold a knife and fork properly were unconscionable


10 thoughts on “Paperboy

  1. says:

    I have to confess that I have never read any of Christopher Fowler’s fiction His early books didn’t appeal; his Bryant May series sounds wonderful but I haven’t uite got to it yet So when I saw the man’s name on the literary fiction bookshelf in the library I picked the book up out of general curiosity just to see what it was about I didn’t mean to borrow it but as I scanned the early pages a few simple sentences caught my eye

  2. says:

    Paperboy is a memoir that goes in depth through the life of an introvert young child Readers get the experience to be swept through the nostalgia of 20th century London in vibrant descriptions and vivid people Fowler's book is at times hilar

  3. says:

    Stephen King once said that one of the uestions he is most freuently asked is Where do you get your ideas? As an occasional short story writer

  4. says:

    For some reason the library where I work recently received this memoir despite owning none of the author's novels I picked it up because I liked the cover and it had been a while since I'd read anything but fiction Fowler is a wonderful writer and I related very much to his childhood passion for reading as an escape from isolation and inten

  5. says:

    This is the third consecutive book I have read by Christopher Fowler and all have been very different Paperboy is a memoir of Christopher Fowler's childhood in suburban London during the 1950s and 1960s He was a lonely boy who spent his days between the library and the cinema whilst devouring novels and comicsHis family was very dysfunction

  6. says:

    A memoir of a book loving boy growing up in England back in the 1950s 1960s when putting salt on your crisps passed for entertainment The food the pastimes the family dysfunctions the being gay the mivvis the toys and games It brought back memories made me smile and it made my heart bleedI was not allowed to mix with the kids from the next street because they lived above shops and were therefore 'common' My mother had a peculiar sense of w

  7. says:

    I was surprised to enjoy this a fraction less than the later Film Freak given that this phase of Fowler's memoirs focusses on his childhood and on his love of books and writing although the films come into it too Still enjoyable and funny and life in the Fowler household is just too sour for the nostalgia to become a cosy wallow Exemplifies 'uiet desperation'There are wry footnotes for those not 'privileged' to share the person

  8. says:

    I read this book in a few days Chris grows up in the 50's and uses books and movies as an escapism from his family life I loved reading about his relationship with his parents and how it influenced and shaped himI struggled slightly with the long descriptions of British movies and film and some of the books I grew up in the 70's and 80's in Gemany so none of these were familiar to me I found myself skipping some of these pages to get back

  9. says:

    This is Christopher Fowler's memoirs of growing up in suburban London in the 1950's and 1960's it was uite entertaining and brought back some nice memories of a way of life that is not that long ago that was not digital no

  10. says:

    This is the finest memoir of a young person I have read in many many years probably ever It's about a young man's development as a writer and the hardships and joys of a most uncommon young life Throughout the book Mr Fowler offers g

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