A hypnotic tale of a Little Boy’s life – and the craziness of the century that witnessed it – from Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a legend of the Beat Generation.
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‘A brave man and a brave poet.’ Bob Dylan
‘Utterly extraordinary.’ Guardian
‘A torrent of textual splendor.’ Los Angeles Times
From growing up as an orphan in 1920s New York, to serving in the Navy at the D-Day landings in Normandy, to a vagabond life drinking in Parisian cafes, to befriending America’s greatest counter-cultural writers, Little Boy has seen it all.
This is the story of one man’s extraordinary life – a story steeped in the exhilarating energy of the Beats. It is a novel serving as the literary last will and testament of the iconic publisher and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti: a meditation on his one hundred years on the planet, rich in wisdom, emotion and memories.
Ferlinghetti has not just survived for a century: He epitomizes the American culture of that century.
Little Boy flickers with the winning optimism that first dazzled readers six decades ago in A Coney Island of the Mind.
Calls itself a novel but reads like a mystical memoir . . . It chases recurring dreams across the decade, and it profiles the United States, as a nation and as an ideal.
A spiraling stream of consciousness that celebrates the divine transcendence of poetry and an all too human coming-of-agelessness. His mentoring example and love of the written word is illuminating and inspirational.
When I first came out to San Francisco and heard the name Ferlinghetti, I thought it must be a large geographic area. Turns out, it is.
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