The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman

by Bruce Robinson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1408877929 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Arvores of Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on 6/16/2020
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Arvores from Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Kindly sent by russbaum for the "wishlist or wings sweeps"
Thank you!

Journal Entry 2 by Arvores at Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Thursday, July 2, 2020
I ended up with two copies of the same book, so I'm sending this one to 4evagreen as a RABCK.
Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Saturday, July 18, 2020
Arrived safely. Many thanks for sharing I look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 4 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Monday, August 30, 2021
The book is set in 1959 so memories of both World Wars are still reasonably fresh but is also an age when families struggled to speak honestly to one another about anything important, particularly to children. It is against this background that Thomas must himself come of age. He is endlessly snooping and lurking about the house trying to uncover secrets but he also has an unhealthy interest in explosives, cigarettes and pornography, something he knows that his grandfather has a vast collection of.

Robinson does not flinch from showing us the full awfulness of boys' sexual fantasies which some readers will undoubtedly find distasteful. There is even a whole chapter entirely devoted to excrement. However, running beneath all laddish humour there is a serious theme, that of a pubescent boy's attempts to make sense of his bewilderment surrounding sex and love, illness and death, without adequate parental guidance or experience.

Even as a male (admittedly one whose own teenage years are now only a distant memory) I found a lot of this book's humour made for uncomfortable reading but perhaps its greatest strength is that Robinson was able to sustain this rude and anarchic tone throughout. A piece of relatively enjoyable escapism but one I suggest will have a rather limited appeal.

Journal Entry 5 by 4evagreen at New Mills, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Released 4 mos ago (9/1/2021 UTC) at New Mills, Derbyshire United Kingdom

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Spotted this on a wishlist so going out as a RABCK in the hope that it makes a new friend. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 6 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 23, 2021
This one got returned to me by the post office having failed to be delivered in Austria for some reason.

Journal Entry 7 by 4evagreen at Buxton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Friday, November 26, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (11/26/2021 UTC) at Buxton, Derbyshire United Kingdom

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Going out to another bookcrosser as a sort of Brucie Bonus. I hope that you haven't already read it. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 8 by kinedi at Rushyford, County Durham United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Ohhh, a lovely bonus book ! Thank you so much 4evagreen ! Definitely a new one for me and your JE has me intrigued!

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