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New Boy NEW BOY is a dark modern comedy about the hormonal angst of a Jewish lad growing up in north west London s bagel belt Sutcliffe has managed to pull off a worthy British companion to Portnoy s Complain

  • Title: New Boy
  • Author: William Sutcliffe
  • ISBN: 9780140279108
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • NEW BOY is a dark modern comedy about the hormonal angst of a Jewish lad growing up in north west London s bagel belt Sutcliffe has managed to pull off a worthy British companion to Portnoy s Complaint Jay Rayner,Observer Well written,clever and very funny Literary Review Smart,entertaining stuffmewhere between Adrian Mole and Holden Caulfield Philip Hensher,MaNEW BOY is a dark modern comedy about the hormonal angst of a Jewish lad growing up in north west London s bagel belt Sutcliffe has managed to pull off a worthy British companion to Portnoy s Complaint Jay Rayner,Observer Well written,clever and very funny Literary Review Smart,entertaining stuffmewhere between Adrian Mole and Holden Caulfield Philip Hensher,Mail on Sunday

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    1. William Sutcliffe

      William Sutcliffe was born in 1971 in London He is the author of eight novels, New Boy, Are You Experienced , The Love Hexagon, Bad Influence, Whatever Makes You Happy, The Wall, Concentr8 and We See Everything, which have been translated into twenty six languages The Wall was shortlisted for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal Are You Experienced has been reissued on the prestigious Penguin Essentials list.He has also written a series of books for children Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom, Circus of Thieves on the Rampage and Circus of Thieves and the Comeback Caper He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, three children, two cats and a tortoise.

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    1. Interesting read, told from the point of view of a precocious but sexually confused Jewish English school-boy. (I'm sure at least some of that was redundant) His confiding in a friend but not taking you too-seriously narrative style is consistently interesting and the story that he tells is familiar enough to be compelling while being honest and original enough to be entertaining. The book suffered a bit from the same confusion as its protagonist. The reader couldn't really tell where it was all [...]


    2. Found this book to be very funny at times and the author was successful at delving into the mind of a teenage boy.g a guy there were several moments where I could relate and recall my own inhibitions, fears, failures, and realizations at Mark's age. However there were times when I felt the plot to be disjointed, jumping all over the place, with no real direction, and the final outcome felt abrupt, pointless, and as if the author had enough of writing and decided to just end it. That being said t [...]


    3. Uggh. The protagonist is just so horrible. It goes beyond adolescent egotism or narcissism. At times I felt he was psychotic. It was made worse that the story seemed to be narrated from some time in the future, after the story's events had already taken place, but there was no sign that the protagonist had grown or gained any real perspective. The boy we're left with at the end of the novel is just as entitled, confused, mean, and lacking in empathy as he was when we first met him. The only nota [...]


    4. A funny account of the narrator's school life and the disruption to his equilibrium by the arrival of 'new boy' Barry. The narrator can't see what the reader sees and his stubborn blindness to himself and the situation leads to a conclusion that might be unsatisfactory to some but, in the context of this character, is perfectly apt




    5. Mark is Jewish and attends a North West London (private) public school where wealthy Jews and Asians make up the vast majority. He is by his own admission far from good looking, in fact he considers himself ugly, he does not rate among the school elite and only by his own cunning has he worked his way to the prestigious back seat of the school coach by the time he reaches the lower sixth. The start of the new term sees the arrival of a new boy, he is everything Mark is not, tall, blond, laid bac [...]


    6. I didn't love it or hate it to be honest. It read much like the diary of a sixteen-year-old boy, which was embarrassingly similar to my own highschool diary. At points this worked, and in other places this fell flat.It was irritating to read two pages only to be told by the speaker that they're lying, and then another two pages until they decide to tell you 'the honest truth.' This was the most frustrating aspect of the novel. I understand what Sutcliffe was trying to do with this, but it simply [...]


    7. This was a mixed bag. I felt like the initial promised storyline (boy questions his sexuality when he becomes attracted to the new boy in school) changed focus a number of times. A teacher/pupil relationship and a trip to Europe seemed to confuse the plot rather than drive it forward, and it lapsed into funny schooldays anecdotes (which again didn't really move things along). Having said that I enjoyed it; it was laugh out loud funny in places and, even if it the plot lurched and faltered in pla [...]


    8. Set in my old school - thinly, indeed hardly, veiled incidents and people. Captures all that was excruciating about it, though little of what was charming. Nonetheless enjoyed the trip down memory lane as I've not been back to the place since the day I left. This is enjoyable enough in a sub-Nick Hornby sort of way and Hornby is pretty sub himself.


    9. bought this book back in 1998 and have finally got around to reading iti know it took a long time to get round to it but I had genuinely forgotten I'd bought the book, quite enjoyed it, kind of an Adrian Mole for the 90s/00s generation.


    10. Reading it was fun. Funny. Very.Now that it's done I wish it hadn't left me with a dull feeling of dissatisfaction. Still gets four stars from me on the grounds of very funny.







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