|Plot Summary of Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life|
|"It's South Africa in the 50s, and John is a first-in-his-class high school student with an afrikaner last name in a classroom of English boys. He feels different in many ways. He's not a lonely kid, he just happens to have different preferences, such as liking the russians more than the americans. He's got problems with his father, he doesn't love him, and the struggle with his mother is of a love and hate relationship.
This memoirs soon become a rich-in-details story of a boy growing up in the country of apartheid. There's discrimination for being white, black or afrikaner, for speaking English or Afrikaans, and for living in the province or Cape Town. There are not many hints of John as the future author of 'Waiting for the Barbarians' or 'Disgrace', but the young John is seen going frequently to the public library and even faking illness to read books (borrowed from there) lying in bed. Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus', 'Coriulanus' and 'Macbeth' are among his readings here, along with an 'Encyclopedia for Children'."
Augusto Wong Campos, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life|
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Kids growing up/acting up?
- general coming of age story
ethnic of society (outside)
- South African
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a kid
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- healthy but a geeky weakling
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
Kind of Africa:
- White Enclave
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- justice system
- wicked men
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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