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Hand-reared Boy ebook

by Brian Aldiss


The Hand-Reared Boy (1970, Weidenfeld & Nicolson), (1971, Signet T4575), (1971, Corgi)

Aldiss at Interaction in Glasgow, 2005. The Hand-Reared Boy (1970, Weidenfeld & Nicolson), (1971, Signet T4575), (1971, Corgi). A Soldier Erect (1971, Weidenfeld & Nicolson), (1972, Corgi). "Send Her Victorious" (novelette).

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Other articles where The Hand-Reared Boy is discussed: Brian W. n such autobiographical novels as The Hand-Reared Boy (1970). He worked as a bookseller until turning to full-time writing shortly after the publication of The Brightfount Diaries in 1955. Non-Stop (1958) was his first science-fiction novel. in such autobiographical novels as The Hand-Reared Boy (1970). In addition to writing science fiction, Aldiss was an influential anthologist and historian of.

Book by Aldiss, Brian . A semi-fictional autobiography by science fiction writer Brian Aldiss, about a pre-teen and teenage boy (Horatio Stubbs, Aldiss' author avatar) growing up in England in the lead up to World War II, this book is not for everybody

Book by Aldiss, Brian . A semi-fictional autobiography by science fiction writer Brian Aldiss, about a pre-teen and teenage boy (Horatio Stubbs, Aldiss' author avatar) growing up in England in the lead up to World War II, this book is not for everybody.

The Hand-Reared Boy (Horatio Stubbs, Book 1). Read. Longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, The Hand-Reared Boy was the first literary novel to honestly, and explicitly, explore the sexual awakening of a young man. Quite shocking when first published in 1970, it is now considered a classic. It is the first book in the Horatio Stubbs Trilogy. Brian says: Young Horatio Stubbs suffers the pangs of adolescence, but is weaned from the pleasures of masturbation by the delights offered by his school’s nursing sister, who is not all she seems.

Forty years before The Inbetweeners gave teenage boys a mirror in which to watch themselves on television, Brian Aldiss wrote this novel about childhood and adolescent sexuality. First published in 1970, and recently on the Lost Booker prize longlist, it is a sustained paean to male masturbation. It would be easy to express some sort of outrage at the relentless tugging, the lines crossed, the taboos broken, but the book is characterised above all by a welcome honesty

A ribald tale from Britain's best-love Science Fiction writer.

The earth is recovering from the Acid Head War, in which hallucinogenic chemicals were the primary weapon. Many humans are now suffering from delusions and are unable to tell the real from the imaginary. A ribald tale from Britain's best-love Science Fiction writer.

The Hand-Reared Boy. (1970) (The first book in the Horatio Stubbs series) A novel by Brian Aldiss. Readers of the Hand-Reared Boy will have no difficulty in remembering its hero, Horatio Stubbs. (Book in the Horatio Stubbs Series). Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13: 9780552111430.

The Hand-Reared Boy A novel for our times
THOMAS
Life growing up in England of the twenties and the thirties. We follow the progress of an adolescent's sexual awakening. A masterpiece.
Carrot
We are introduced to one Horatio Stubbs, middle class English public-schoolboy. At all times lusty and lecherous and yet quite innocent. The world he inhabits is quite different from what we know today, the moral rubbing shoulders with the immoral. I actually found his women characters more compelling than the men. He shows us their public faces and then their truer natures. And thank God for it! Too often are women portrayed as one dimensional bits of fluff, lacking any sense of agency. Aldiss gives us real women who have their own agendas and pursue them albeit on the sly. As if that weren't enough, World War II is starting.
Gavirgas
Strange book for this author. Has to do with his sexual flowering as a young boy and man - Gay experiences with young boys at prep school and his later doings with a young girl. He did turn out straight, tho. Some of the writing is very funny, other parts very repetitive.
Sinredeemer
A semi-fictional autobiography by science fiction writer Brian Aldiss, about a pre-teen and teenage boy (Horatio Stubbs, Aldiss' author avatar) growing up in England in the lead up to World War II, this book is not for everybody.

Essentially this is two stories in one. The first, implied by the title, is a quite explicate account of a life of masturbation, which seemed to have been the center of Horatio's tween and early teen existence, although other things like home life, holidays by the beach, and school sports make brief appearances. This activity is sometimes solitary but more often shared: with siblings, with other boys at school, with the family maid, with those rare girls of his own age he managed to get together with, and most of all with the boys at Branwells Boarding School in Derbyshire, although I have no idea if English boarding schools really were such lascivious affairs.

In any case, the fearlessness with which way Aldiss confronts the masturbation taboo, neither gratuitously nor pornographically, and the way he chronicles the childish naivety and crazy experimentation accompanying awakening sexual consciousness, is rare and refreshing.

Although Philip Roth provides a similar quasi-autobiographical window into the hormone-drenched world of the young-teenage male with Portnoy's Complaint, I find Aldiss' account lighter, and easier to read, undiluted as it is by Roth's obsession with the neurotic nature of the Jewish psyche, and much better describing the path from innocent childhood to tainted adulthood.

Aldiss' account is also far more poignant, as he chronicles his hopeless obsessive love for and pursuit of Virginia, an older woman who is a matron at the school, and which constitutes a second, complimentary, but very different narrative in the book.
Kaghma
At the time it was seen as extremely sexually challenging, touching on the taboo of sex at a public school and not just between the boys but the staff too! Rachel Cooke of The Observer said of it "So filthy, I read it with the door of my office closed, as if afraid of being caught." Well, that was then and it is far from as shocking to the modern reader than it was in it's day, alas.

It tells the story of Horatio Stubbs an upper middle class boy who gets sent to public school to be `improved'. He had already begun the not so innocent sexual experiments of youth and thus his entrance into public school life was fairly well paved.

This is essentially a love story where the love is necessarily hidden like a light, under the proverbial bushel. Aldiss fills the story with period anecdotes and the sort of detail that resonates with a true auto biography and the sort of home spun wisdom that just isn't spun enough anymore, such as "learning to distinguish between facts and fantasies is one of the most vital arts that separates childhood from adulthood. Some people - politicians, actors, the mentally sick - never acquire the art."

So why only 4 stars, well it is very much of its time and I adore it for that but it seemed to be positioned as some sort of sexually enlightening novel that is still risqué by today's standard, but it is most definitely not, it is also really short but that said, this is really quality and not quantity and if you approach it as a semi (forgive the pun) auto biographical love story told in a humorous way, then you will not be disappointed.
Hand-reared Boy ebook
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Brian Aldiss
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