Little Boy

Little Boy

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The novel, titled "Little Boy," fuses elements of autobiography, literary criticism, poetry and philosophy, in a headlong, often stream-of-consciousness style. "It's not a memoir, it's an imaginary me," Mr. Ferlinghetti said in a phone interview. "It's an experimental novel, let's put it that way." --
In this unapologetically unclassifiable work Lawrence Ferlinghetti lets loose an exhilarating rush of language to craft what might be termed a closing statement about his highly significant and productive 99 years on this planet. The "Little Boy" of the title is Ferlinghetti himself as a child, shuffled from his overburdened mother to his French aunt to foster childhood with a rich Bronxville family. Service in World War Two (including the D-Day landing), graduate work, and a scholar gypsy's vagabond life in Paris followed. These biographical reminiscences are interweaved with Allen Ginsberg-esque high energy bursts of raw emotion, rumination, reflection, reminiscence and prognostication on what we may face as a species on Planet Earth in the future.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780385544788
0385544782
Branch Call Number: FIC FERLINGHETTI, LAWRENCE
Characteristics: 179 pages ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Little boy : a novel

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uncommonreader
Jan 16, 2020

This books begins briefly as a memoir and becomes a stream of consciousness around the themes of overpopulation, the overuse of technology, pacifism and especially climate change. There is nothing with which to disagree. The book could be titled "Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man". Remarkably, Ferlinghetti published it the year he turned 100. He has remained true to himself.

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mclarjh
Jun 11, 2019

Contemporary stream-of-consciousness literary rant.

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Feb 18, 2019

jonappleseed thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 99

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