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Once banned in the Irish Republic, Borstal Boy is both a riveting self-portrait and a Brendan Behan is widely regarded as one of the greatest Irish writers and. Directed by Peter Sheridan. With Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Eamon Glancy, Ian McElhinney. Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as. In June the Irish Times noted that, with the success of The Hostage and his book Borstal Boy, the name of Brendan Behan ‘has become almost as.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan. Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan. Paperbackpages. Published by Nonpareil Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Borstal Boyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 27, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. When he was 16 in Behan went to Liverpool with some explosives with the intention of blowing up the docks.

He was arrested and because of his age ended in the borstal system. He was in borstal in England until his release in The novel is split into three sections Autobiographical novel by Irish writer Brendan Behan. The novel is split into three sections.

The first part covers a two months stay in Walton prison in Liverpool on remand, this illustrates the brutality of day to day prison life. Part two tells about a brief stay at Feltham waiting for a place at Borstal. The final part covers his stay at Hollesley Bay Borstal. Behan writes well and captures the accents and tones of his fellow inmates very well.

There are working class young men from London, Liverpool, Scotland and the North East and Behan captures their voices accurately. I grabbed my suitcase, containing Pot.

Then the gentlemen arrived. He makes it clear that Irish working class Catholics and English working class Protestants have more in common than their middle and upper class masters on either side. This is reflected in the Marxist analysis espoused by the Official IRA who argued that class was more potent than religion and should be a unifying factor. Behan captures the monotony of prison life, the importance of tobacco, of friendships, the variable food. At that time the prisoners did work on a variety of jobs including sewing mailbags.

Behan finds his way around and through the system.

There is casual violence, but Behan seems to avoid most of it by being just as tough as he needs to be, but mostly by his charm and friendliness. He describes relationships with the authorities, not good in Walton, much better in Hollesley. There were sexual relationships in beehan. Behan does not ignore them, although he is careful as homosexuality was still illegal when he wrote the book.

His language is coded but clear, as is his own bisexuality. The whole character of the man discourages it. The public image that he has created is so tremendously brendxn and exuberant that one is inclined to regard the writing as a mere casual offshoot of his rollicking personality.


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As if, in fact, the work was there as an excuse to display the man. Again one feels a little silly in treating his work with more attention and respect the he allows it himself.

View all 7 comments. A wonderful book, and far better than I was expecting. I was inspired to pick up Borstal Boy having come across a reference to it in the marvellous Handsome Brute: The Story of a Ladykiller. Neville Heath, a once infamous s British murderer, was incarcerated, before he was convicted of murder, with Brendan Behan at Hollesley Bay borstal in Suffolk. Brendan Behan was arrested in Liverpool, aged 16, with explosives and the intention of blowing up brenfan Liverpool dock.

The first section hrendan the b A wonderful book, and far better than I was expecting. The first section of the book covers his period on remand in Walton prison near Liverpool.

Needless to say, the prison officers and many of the prisoners were very hostile to an IRA man arrested with the intention of planting a bomb.

Indeed most of the Irish people Brendan met whilst on remand, in an effort to show they were loyal to England, were often even more hostile. This was a dangerous time for Brendan Behan however his stoicism, guile and humour, and the few friends he made, boj him to deal with this challenging period. Borztal sentenced, and after a brief period at Feltham, Brendan Behan had the good fortune to arrive at Hollesley Bay borstal where he made many good friends, and where the enlightened approach of Prison Governor Cyril Joyce aka “the Squire” allowed the boys to work and flourish in a constructive environment.

This section is the heart of the book. Brendan Behan ‘s hard line republicanism softens as he discovers how much common ground he shares with his working class friends. Brendan Behan ‘s descriptions of the various characters borsal encounters throughout his imprisonment, and the humour and humanity he describes, is compelling.

The description of his attitudes, and the attitudes of those around him, is very interesting and revealing. Overall it’s a very enjoyable and uplifting book, which is testimony to Brendan Behan ‘s personality and his skill as a bfhan. View all 4 comments. Dec 26, James rated it liked it Shelves: Borstal Boy sat for many a year on my to be read bookcase due borrstal its inclusion on the books one must read before death, a list which has caused me all sorts of grief and happiness.

Due to the urgent need to reclaim space I grabbed it for a 8 hour flight, much as one would shuffle up to a particularly healthy kale salad. I presumed it would be good for me but there was little joy. Having finished it and pondered over it, I am glad i read it but it is an unsettling book.

Borstal Boy is an auto Borstal Boy sat for many a year on borstak to be read bookcase due to its inclusion on the books one must read before bot, a list which has caused me all sorts of grief and happiness.

Borstal Boy is an autobiographical account of Brendan Behans arrest in Liverpool in for owning bombmaking material as part of an apparantly unauthorized solo mission to set off bombs for the IRA and subsequent imprisonment.

The oddity of this book, particularly after the drumroll of sadness that was is its all written in a bit of a boys own adventure, fair cop guv and didnt we have a few laughs along the way style.

Brendan Behan saw himself as an Irish patriot fighting for freedom, but it is striking how little personal ill will he bore to either his English captors and fellow inmates and vice versa. Avoiding a harsher sentence due to his age he then spent three years in the British juvenile prison system which seemed to be based on lots of meaningless booy, cigarettes, some but not all that much violence and hinted at sexuality. Its a book about year olds and what they like to do and how they think.

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What is most notably absent is any remorse by any of the inmates despite crimes like murder, rape, etc etc. Ideology takes a distant second, almost written off as an embarrasment, to the ecosytem the juvenile offenders build between themselves and with the gaurds. Much of it is written bejan a kind of warm affection, with the only passion being reserved for the catholic church which bars him as an IRA member from attending mass. It all rings very true to the machismo of year old males and was an interesting if confounding book.

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Jan 07, Jeremy rated it liked it Shelves: Behan has an engaging style and plays around with such vrendan as phonetic spelling in an interesting and creative way for genuine impact. The narrative flow is sometimes strangely truncated and other times heavily languid, which is where it loses star-value for me Yes, this kind of approach marries up well with the very conversational mode Brendan Behan is operating in, but it leaves me with the feeling sometimes that I’m missing out on key elements of the story.

I mean, if he was in front of Behan has an engaging style and plays around with such things as phonetic spelling in an interesting and creative way for genuine impact. I mean, if he was in front of me telling me the story, I’d be able to interject and say something like: However, there’s plenty of interest, and much character to become involved in: The young Behan as IRA man remains radicalized to the end, but his mode of radicalization certainly shifts. He discovers much about how types of people use other types of people through the varied process of maintaining and enforcing typologies-of-people.

His humanity and his brotherly love of humanity develops through a considered response to borstxl Oct 10, Celine rated it it was amazing. Warm, human, literate and intelligent. A terrific reading experience.

I boorstal amused to read a review in which the reader lamented the lack of sodomy and violence. Were they reading borstl same book I did? Or is it that subtlety is lost on them?

Was also a bit shocked to hear it described as ‘boring’ Perhaps folk’s appetites have been so dulled by misery porn that they can’t cope with more than a straight forward catalogue of horrors. Shame that, because it means the nuances and layer Warm, human, literate and intelligent. Shame that, because it means the nuances and layers in this work have passed them by.

Apr 22, K. Brendan “Paddy” Behan is convicted of murder: Think Prisonbreak but with almost no escapees and definitely no rape, sodomy, gang wars and drugs. In Borstal Boythere are just f England,