This Boy's Life: A Memoir

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This unforgettable memoir, by one of our most gifted writers, introduces us to the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move, yet they develop an extraordinarily close, almost telepathic relationship. As Toby fights for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, his experiences are at once poignant and comical, and Wolff does a masterful job of re-creating the frustrations and cruelties of adolescence. His various schemes - running away to Alaska, forging checks, and stealing cars - lead eventually to an act of outrageous self-invention that releases him into a new world of possibility.
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Tobias Wolff was born in Birmingham, Alabama on June 19, 1945. He served in the military as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War. He received a B.A. in 1972 and a M.A. in 1975 from the University of Oxford and a M.A. in 1978 from Stanford University. He held faculty positions at Stanford University, Goddard College, Arizona State University, and Syracuse University. He was also a reporter for the Washington Post. His first collection of short stories, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, won the St. Lawrence award for fiction in 1982. His other works include Back in the World, In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of a Lost War, The Night in Question, Old School, and Our Story Begins. The Barracks Thief won the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction in 1985. This Boy's Life: A Memoir won the Los Angeles Times Book prize in 1989 and was made into a 1993 film starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. He also won three O. Henry Awards in 1980, 1981, and 1985 and the National Medal of Arts in 2015. He edited several anthologies of short stories including Matters of Life and Death: New American Stories, A Doctor's Visit: Short Stories by Anton Chekhov, and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories.

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Publisher
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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Published on
Dec 1, 2007
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9780802198600
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
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An Alabama boy’s innocence is shaken by murder and madness in the 1960s South in this novel by the New York Times–bestselling author of Swan Song.

It’s 1964 in idyllic Zephyr, Alabama. People either work for the paper mill up the Tecumseh River, or for the local dairy. It’s a simple life, but it stirs the impressionable imagination of twelve-year-old aspiring writer Cory Mackenson. He’s certain he’s sensed spirits whispering in the churchyard. He’s heard of the weird bootleggers who lurk in the dark outside of town. He’s seen a flood leave Main Street crawling with snakes. Cory thrills to all of it as only a young boy can.
 
Then one morning, while accompanying his father on his milk route, he sees a car careen off the road and slowly sink into fathomless Saxon’s Lake. His father dives into the icy water to rescue the driver, and finds a beaten corpse, naked and handcuffed to the steering wheel—a copper wire tightened around the stranger’s neck. In time, the townsfolk seem to forget all about the unsolved murder. But Cory and his father can’t.
 
Their search for the truth is a journey into a world where innocence and evil collide. What lies before them is the stuff of fear and awe, magic and madness, fantasy and reality. As Cory wades into the deep end of Zephyr and all its mysteries, he’ll discover that while the pleasures of childish things fade away, growing up can be a strange and beautiful ride.
 
“Strongly echoing the childhood-elegies of King and Bradbury, and every bit their equal,” Boy’s Life, a winner of both the Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Awards, represents a brilliant blend of mystery and rich atmosphere, the finest work of one of today’s most accomplished writers (Kirkus Reviews).
  
Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2006 im Fachbereich BWL - Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Note: 1,7, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Veranstaltung: Proseminar Konjunkturpolitik zwischen Weltwirtschaftskrise und Zweitem Weltkrieg: Deutschland und die USA, 11 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: „In a few months, I expect to see the stock market much higher than today.“ Diese Aussage stammt von Irving Fisher, damaliger bekannter Ökonom und Professor an der Universität von Yale, 14 Tage bevor die Wall Street zusammenbrach. „A severe depression such as 1920-21 is outside the range of probability. We are not facing a protracted liquidation.” Dies ist eine Analystenmeinung wenige Tage nach dem Börsencrash im Oktober 1929 von der „Harvard Economic Society”. Nach weiteren fehlerhaften optimistischen Aussagen wurde die „Harvard Economic Society” 1932 geschlossen. Durch die Kursstürze an der New Yorker Börse am 24. und 29. Oktober 1929, dem „schwarzen Donnerstag“ und dem darauffolgenden „schwarzen Dienstag“, wurde eine wirtschaftliche Krise globalem Ausmaßes ausgelöst, die Weltwirtschaftskrise. Diese Krise zog viele Konsequenzen mit sich. Die Arbeitslosenzahlen stiegen auf Rekordhöhen, zahlreiche Banken und Investmentfirmen mussten schließen, das Bruttosozialprodukt (heute: Bruttonationaleinkommen) und die gesamte gewerbliche und industrielle Produktion ging stark zurück. In der folgenden Arbeit liegt der Schwerpunkt auf den Arbeitslosen, deren Entwicklung und Hilfe, die von staatlicher Seite angeboten wurde. Um dort die Zusammenhänge richtig verstehen zu können, muss man natürlich auch das Bruttosozialprodukt sowie Produktionsausstöße betrachten. So ergibt sich die erste These. Die Arbeitslosenzahlen entwickelten sich in verschieden Industrie- und Dienstleistungsbereichen nicht gleich, das heißt, dass die Arbeitslosenzahlen in verschiedenen Bereichen sich um ein Vielfaches unterschieden. Anschließend wird untersucht, wie die amerikanische Regierung auf die hohe Zahl an Arbeitslosen reagierte, was zur zweiten These führt. Die US-Regierung war mit der hohen Zahl an Arbeitslosen überfordert und konnte zunächst keine Hilfe anbieten. Um ein besseres Verständnis zu erhalten, wird zuerst ein kurzer Abriss der Weltwirtschaftskrise dargestellt, anschließend folgt die Darstellung der Arbeitslosen und deren Schicksal zu dieser Zeit gefolgt von der Erläuterung der sektoralen Arbeitslosigkeit. Danach wird geklärt, wie Hoover und anschließend Roosevelt mit der Situation umgingen und versuchten, Lösungen zu finden. Abschließend folgt dann noch eine Schlussbetrachtung mit Fazit.
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