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eBook Borstal boy ePub

by Brendan Behan

  • ISBN: 0552098647
  • Category: Arts and Literature
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Brendan Behan
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Corgi; 1st Edition edition (1975)
  • Pages: 379
  • ePub book: 1529 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1739 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 461


Brendan Behan discography at MusicBrainz.

Behan had married Beatrice Salkeld (daughter of the painter Cecil Salkeld) in 1955. Brendan Behan discography at MusicBrainz.

Autobiographical work by Brendan Behan, published in 1958

Only 15 left in stock (more on the way). Autobiographical work by Brendan Behan, published in 1958. The book portrays the author's early rebelliousness, his involvement with the Irish Republican cause, and his subsequent incarceration for two years in an English Borstal, or reformatory, at age 16. Interspersed with tales of brutality are anecdotes about dramatic and musical pastimes and Behan's gardening and handicraft activities.

Autobiographical novel by Irish writer Brendan Behan. Behan was brought up in a strongly republican household, his mother was a close friend of Michael Collins. Behan joined Fianna √Čireann, the youth section of the IRA at 13.

Brendan's father, Stephen Behan, a house painter who had been active in the Irish War of Independence, read classic literature to the children at bedtime from sources such as Zola, Galsworthy, and Maupassant; his mother, Kathleen, took them on literary tours of the city. If Behan's interest in literature came from his father, his political beliefs were by his mother. She remained politically active all her life and was a personal friend of the Irish republican Michael Collins.

Borstal boy. by. Behan, Brendan. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Brendan Behan's genius was to strike a chord between critic and common man. When he died, at the age of 41, he was arguably the most celebrated Irish writer of the twentieth century. After the Wake is a collection of seven prose works and a series of articles.


Chilldweller Chilldweller
Brendan Behan may have been dead these 50 years but this book is like sitting next to him on a barstool telling this slice of his life story. As a teenager, Behan was arrested for his IRA activities and spent some time in custody at various English correctional facilities. He makes friends, he deals with prejudice, he deals with stupid rules. Really nothing happens in this book and yet it was entertaining. Wicked sense of humor and wonderful sense of the man both come through in this story of a young Republican serving his time.
riki riki
Brendan Behan's memoir of his time incarcerated in England , is a comical, sympathetic and humanistic work of art. As a young IRA member arrested in Liverpool at the age of 16 in possession of explosives he demonstrated a remarkably fatalistic viewpoint for someone so young and seemed to take in the experience as an observant participant in a human drama without a hint of self pity.

As he begins in a remanded prison before his transfer to London and ultimately to a Borstal (reform school) he meets with a variety of characters both fellow prisoners and "screws" or guards and they populate his story that also includes incredibly detailed descriptions of the routine of a life behind bars.

Behan became famous as a playwright and notorious drinker in his later years and died tragically young apparently from years of heavy drinking. He is a writer of great insight and power and should not be missed by anyone interested in Irish literature.
Tekasa Tekasa
Borstal Boy makes me laugh out loud and also reminds me of my time in the British Royal Navy. One of the young Brendan Behan's fellow prisoners in the English young peoples' prison is a sailor named Charlie. The book shows some of the horrors of prison life but also a lot of the camaraderie that goes on whenever boys get together. Brendan Behan is very humorous, especially when writing about his court appearances, and when he's singing in prison. His descriptive language is brilliant, this from the first page, "A young one, with a blonde, Herrenvolk head and a B.B.C. accent shouted, 'I say, greb him, the bestud.' I have read this book at least four times, and will continue to be entertained by the wit and skill of the author. GREAT READ!!!
Quashant Quashant
I first read this book in 1959 when I was twenty years old. I wanted to see if it was a good as I remember. It was even better. It was the first book I really enjoyed. RIP Brendan.
Snowseeker Snowseeker
Behan writes literature in the truest sense of the term. His writing transports you to the time and place. The characters are well detailed and interesting, but as this is an auotobiographical work, it is only fitting that they have all the nooks and crannies of an actual person. It's too bad his books are harder to find lately.
Bluddefender Bluddefender
This story by Brendan Behan is a first hand account inside the what is referred to as "The Troubles in Ireland". Brutally honest Brendan Behan did what he thought was to be done no wonder what anyone thought of his actions. Lots to ponder after the last page is done. A second book by Behan Confessions of an Irish Rebel continues the saga.
Longitude Temporary Longitude Temporary
This autobiographical account of Brendan Behan's arrest and imprisonment from 1939 until around 1943 in a British Borstal (youth correctional facility)is an outstanding piece of literature.

There are four primary strenghts to this great work.

First, the language is witty, charming, and creative. I found the mixture of Irish and British male adolescent working class slang to be musical and amusing. Behan had a wonderful sense of dialogue and the manner in which young men verbally duel with each other, striving for rank and dominance and friendship.

Second, the story is unique. A 17 year old IRA terrorist is arrested and sent to a youth facility full of adolescent petty criminals. The worlds of incarcerated vs. free; adult vs. adolescent; Catholic vs. Protestant; Irish vs. English: and criminal vs. political prisoner are just a few of the wonderful tensions and juxtapositions that Behan creates.

Third, is Behan's slow pace and ability to observe the most remote details, describe them uniquely, and then weave these streams of images together to create a world and to populate it with characters that ring true with every word.

Fourth, the story is a tremendous testament to the goodness of mankind. Underneath the tensions, the rivalry, the ideology, the story reveals the simple common kindness of mankind. Brendan Behan may have evoked this kindness through his own exceptional openness and acceptance of his fellowman or he may have observed this kindness through this insightful but possibly biased vision of the innate goodness of mankind; but, none the less, his faith in our sometimes distorted and crippled species shines through the autobiography like a beacon of hope.

I wish I could have given more than 5 stars to this superb work. Don't rush through this book. Let Behan take you into his experiences and his kind view of the world of man.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It gives a unique insight into Behan's life, his experience in prison and reformatory school, and his Irish upbringing. Parts are brilliant and humorous, parts depict the mundane life of incarceration, and parts are painful to read, like a "Ringsend uppercut." The self-proclaimed "drunk with a writing problem" can certainly write. Glad I read his book.