Borstal Boy has ratings and reviews. Paul said: Autobiographical novel by Irish writer Brendan Behan. Behan was brought up in a strongly republ. 22 Mar The Behan of “Borstal Boy” (Shawn Hatosy) is another person altogether, an idealistic young lad who naively goes to England on a mission for. 1 Mar Critics Consensus: The sentimentality of Borstal Boy feels false in Borstal Boy marked the film debut of stage director Peter Sheridan, the.

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April 8, Rating: Viko Nikci as Jerzy. The humor and general good nature of the lil IRA boy surprised me, and I thought it would be a depressing read, but it was the opposite. The reading is rather tedious being excessively wordy. Brendan’s father, Stephen Behan, a house painter who had been active in the Irish War of Independence, read classic literature to the children at bedtime from sources such as Zola, Galsworthy, and Maupassant; his mother, Kathleen, took them on literary tours of the city.

Young loose cannon Behan of the IRA gets caught redhanded in England, and learns the system — and the country that founded it- via its correctional institutions.

Behan was brought up in a strongly republican household, his mother was a close friend of Michael Collins. 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.

His own life gets progressively easier through the three, and he suffers very little aggression from the other prisoners, perhaps surprising given what he had planned to do. For the reader who’s been to Ireland even once, Behan will manage to make the sweet winds of the Emerald Isle tousle your hair and long to be there, though he inspires this longing from the confines of the British prison system even before The Troubles of the 90s, when Ireland and Britain were still pretty much at war.


Whatever ratings the movie is given the book is not G rated. Sentenced to serve time in England’s Borstal system for young prisoners, he was thrown in amongst the dregs of the British Empire, and found them to be splendid fellows. I don’t imagine that the copy lasted much longer, but you never know.

And reading Borstal Boy made me proud of how he got through it al Hilarious book. However, there’s plenty of interest, and much character to become involved in: I would describe them as fraternal twins: He is an agent of the IRA and is supposed to plant a bomb in Liverpool, but before he can do so, he is cau Your enjoyment of this book depends upon how much you like Brendan Behan’s narrative voice.

But the slang, the dense regional patter and class interaction develop the central themes; it’s really a tough little coming-of-age story within a frame.

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For the Irish, another well-aimed blow against the empire, clever enough to be funny. He discovers much about how types of people use other types of people through the varied process of maintaining and enforcing typologies-of-people.

Oct 10, Celine rated it it was amazing.

Brendan Shawn Hatosy is a year-old boy from Ireland who loathes the British and is eager to do something about it. In sixteen year old IRA man Brendan Behan was arrested holding explosives which he was going to use to blow up the Liverpool docks, to strike a blow for Ireland against its age long imperial oppressor.

Autobiographical novel by Irish writer Brendan Behan. In the book, Brendan sang a Borstal Song that goes like this: One character, Joe, is constantly making obscene suggestions to sailor Charlie.

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Charlie is clearly very devoted to Brendan and the reader feels assured is in love with him. Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan.


He lived in a house on Russell Street near Mountjoy Square owned by his grandmother, Christine English, who owned a number of properties in the area. Sep 12, Walt Quinn rated it it was amazing. This article about a s romantic drama film is a stub. The novel is split into three sections.

There were sexual relationships in prison. Were they reading the same book I did? One could learn a lot about diplomacy and getting along with people from Mr. I heard about Brendan Behan when I was sixteen or seventeen I imagine and had read some of his poetry for certain, and always thought I’d give this book a chance.

Aveva in mente, non autorizzato dal movimento, di far esplodere i docks di Liverpool. He was at a Borstal where the boys worked a farm. Jim Byrne as Parson.

I think the average fan of Danny Dyer, may be a little disappointed with this film as he doesn? He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army.


The sentimentality of Borstal Boy feels false in contrast to the gritty life of the actual Brendan Behan. I absolutely loved them both and would highly recommend them. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The Knopf edition I read has a glossary at the back, which was invaluable. I loved the dialogue, the ideas, and Brendan Behan. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. Sep 01, Matthew Strenger rated it it was amazing Shelves: