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Lawrence Ferlinghetti s novella Little Boy is kind of a flop with me my shortcoming, not his, I think I am rather a traditionalist when it comes to the printed page Ferlinghetti s narrative can sometimes run on for many pages without paragraphing Cute, but uninteresting, in fact, downright boring my eyes tell me So, I couldn t, I wouldn t get into it I resist conforming to non conformity I have to say his technique, as new as it seemed back in the day , seems dated, old fashioned to Lawrence Ferlinghetti s novella Little Boy is kind of a flop with me my shortcoming, not his, I think I am rather a traditionalist when it comes to the printed page Ferlinghetti s narrative can sometimes run on for many pages without paragraphing Cute, but uninteresting, in fact, downright boring my eyes tell me So, I couldn t, I wouldn t get into it I resist conforming to non conformity I have to say his technique, as new as it seemed back in the day , seems dated, old fashioned to me now Even as a fresh graduate back in the sixties I was turned off by his poetry a little because of his sometimes not using capital letters where required Who needs that And, I suppose at the time when we, or some of us, were devotees of James Joyce and his unconventionality, we were convinced that unorthodox, non traditional prose and poesy somehow made for deep meaning that we novices would have to work hard to understand You know 12th Century liturgy in Latin instead of the Middle English at that time of the rural bumpkins with dirty ragged nails Latin liturgy kept the unlettered ignorant of Biblical events and interpretations for centuries, giving the rulers and clergy power, keeping the peasants powerless Some modern writers do the same.I favor substance over form Aristotle over Plato So, if a writer has something substantive to say, it should be in the words and sentences themselves, not in their unorthodox appearance My rule, not the author s, even though I ve done it myself Forgive me By the way, I was first introduced to Lawrence Ferlinghetti s poetry while visiting with a couple of new graduates from the University of California, Berkeley We were Peace Corps volunteers in Urmia then Rezayeh , Iran I gained a lot from our two or three poetry readings together, and when I hear the name Ferlinghetti, the first thing that comes to my mind is that fall day our sitting on a carpet near the Rezayeh Bazaar reading his poetry aloud to each other I read Little Boy twice to make sure I wasn t talking out of turn when I knew I was sounding too negative But it just didn t work So, I m sticking with the one I first wrote and have watered it down a littleI learned very little about the author and found his style unappealing, making it difficult to follow I would not recommend this book unless you are a Ferlinghetti scholar of some sort and have read all his works.Ferlinghetti just turned 100 this March We should celebrate that A centenarian s turbocharged trippin through the past 100 years A prose poem for and from the ages autobiography freestyle A hot potato one last time in an old artiste s pocket Rock it What a life I loved the trip through the Great Depression, WWII, living as an artist in Paris in the late 1940s, then forward up to a heyday in publishing the biggest of the Beat poets, to now, then back again The man, it should be noted, worships the vulva And women in particular, one woman And life I A centenarian s turbocharged trippin through the past 100 years A prose poem for and from the ages autobiography freestyle A hot potato one last time in an old artiste s pocket Rock it What a life I loved the trip through the Great Depression, WWII, living as an artist in Paris in the late 1940s, then forward up to a heyday in publishing the biggest of the Beat poets, to now, then back again The man, it should be noted, worships the vulva And women in particular, one woman And life If this doth offend thee, flee.Quite fun, if you don t mind whitewaters of consciousness from a fascinating and witty 100 year old Me, whenever I get the chance, I take the pleasure of listening to an octagenarian and older as he she waxes on It is always a story worth savoring This was no different @Free Ebook ñ Little Boy ⚠ From the famed publisher and poet, author of the million copy selling collection A Coney Island of the Mind, his literary last will and testament part autobiography, part summing up, part Beat inflected torrent of language and feeling, and all magicalIn this unapologetically unclassifiable work Lawrence Ferlinghetti lets loose an exhilarating rush of language to craft what might be termed a closing statement about his highly significant and productiveyears on this planet The Little Boy of the title is Ferlinghetti himself as a child, shuffled from his overburdened mother to his French aunt to foster childhood with a rich Bronxville family Service in World War Two including the D Day landing , graduate work, and a scholar gypsy s vagabond life in Paris followed These biographical reminiscences are interweaved with Allen Ginsberg esque high energy bursts of raw emotion, rumination, reflection, reminiscence and prognostication on what we may face as a species on Planet Earth in the future Little Boy is a magical font of literary lore with allusions galore, a final repository of hard earned and durable wisdom, a compositional high wire act without a net or all that much punctuation and just a gas and an inspiration to read The opening twenty or so pages of this book are spectacular a fluid, poetic exploration of Ferlinghetti s childhood, passed between strangers and strange relatives, lonely but lively I loved the flow of the writing and the use of language But then the book becomes Lawrence s Philosophy of Life a wandering, rambling treatise that pays too much tribute to other writers without really feeling like it has an identity of its own Joyce, Eliot, Proust, Pound, Beckett, Kerouac, Ginsberg the al The opening twenty or so pages of this book are spectacular a fluid, poetic exploration of Ferlinghetti s childhood, passed between strangers and strange relatives, lonely but lively I loved the flow of the writing and the use of language But then the book becomes Lawrence s Philosophy of Life a wandering, rambling treatise that pays too much tribute to other writers without really feeling like it has an identity of its own Joyce, Eliot, Proust, Pound, Beckett, Kerouac, Ginsberg the allusions come fast and hard, to the point that Little Boy starts to feel like a literary Ready Player One And don t even get me started on all the time Ferlinghetti wastes ranting about technology I mean, I get it the man will be a hundred years old next week I was born in 1984 and 2019 is fucking wild imagine being born a century ago and having to get up every morning and face today s world But the main issue with modern life isn t cell phones Every time Ferlinghetti throws in a line about wicked wikipedias or whatever, I laughed, and it totally broke whatever spell he had managed to cast Hey, bud the book is called Little Boy, not Old Man Yells at Cloud A Coney Island stream of consciousness meandering of memory and commentary from the poet and co founder of City Lights. Rarely in one s life does one encounter a book that speaks so clearly to one s very being that the book becomes a vade mecum, like the 1939 OXFORD BOOK OF ENGLISH VERSE for me, or the Bible for others, or perhaps Yevtushenko s poetry or Dostoyevsky s novels.LITTLE BOY is not one of those books This mess is not a stream of consciousness but rather a stream resulting from bladder control issues Mr Ferlinghetti might have something to say to the world, but he hasn t done so here The attempt at Rarely in one s life does one encounter a book that speaks so clearly to one s very being that the book becomes a vade mecum, like the 1939 OXFORD BOOK OF ENGLISH VERSE for me, or the Bible for others, or perhaps Yevtushenko s poetry or Dostoyevsky s novels.LITTLE BOY is not one of those books This mess is not a stream of consciousness but rather a stream resulting from bladder control issues Mr Ferlinghetti might have something to say to the world, but he hasn t done so here The attempt at technique is so self conscious, so precious, that a 16 year old would be ashamed of this, and would resolve to do better in future.I gave it up around page 120, and regret the loss of time wasted in this extended, formless, gormless temper tantrum What a delightful sentenceLawrence Ferlinghetti has given us a very interesting steam of consciousness, traveling from the Greeks to Google, and Gandhi to Obama He traces his very full life from his meager and lonely beginnings, his personal transformation from youthful anarchism to humanitarian socialism and through his incredibly full life to his 100th birthday celebration in his San Francisco From his book I m going to reveal to you any unvarnished unadorned naked truth If What a delightful sentenceLawrence Ferlinghetti has given us a very interesting steam of consciousness, traveling from the Greeks to Google, and Gandhi to Obama He traces his very full life from his meager and lonely beginnings, his personal transformation from youthful anarchism to humanitarian socialism and through his incredibly full life to his 100th birthday celebration in his San Francisco From his book I m going to reveal to you any unvarnished unadorned naked truth If you think you re going to learn from me any secrets of the universe or of the human heart well then you re a bigger idiot than I supposed so you might as well stop reading this drivel I am glad I am a romantic and not a realist that would be boring the long loud tale of man in his endless sound and fury signifying everything with his endless hallucinations adorations annihilations illuminations erections and exhibitions fascismo and machismo circuses of the soul astray merrygorounds of the imagination coney Island of the mindless endless poem Well I say congratulations and Happy 100th Birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti A Genius with WordsI purchased this book on Audible Peter Coyote read this beautifully Listening to Peter Coyote read Ferlinghetti is sheer pleasure Ferlinghetti is sharp and witty and insightful Fortunately I am old enough to have lived through much of what he describes and have read nearly all the books he mentiones But Ferlinghetti doesn t just live in the past No He lives in the present and the future as well all at once He tackles mortality and the wonders of the Cosmos He deals wi A Genius with WordsI purchased this book on Audible Peter Coyote read this beautifully Listening to Peter Coyote read Ferlinghetti is sheer pleasure Ferlinghetti is sharp and witty and insightful Fortunately I am old enough to have lived through much of what he describes and have read nearly all the books he mentiones But Ferlinghetti doesn t just live in the past No He lives in the present and the future as well all at once He tackles mortality and the wonders of the Cosmos He deals with the diminishing humanity caused by technology He writes about how we are destroying the earth s environment by selfishness and over population Most of all, Ferlinghetti dwells in the magic of his poetry This book is ,quite frankly, a masterpiece Little Boy starts as an autobiography Lawrence Ferlinghetti rapidly zips through the events of his life He was born in 1919, and is now a century old This book was written and published when he was ninety nine The background of his parents is spoken of His mother was a Sephardic, Portuguese, French speaking American, living in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York His father was a Lombard, Italian immigrant, who died before Lawrence s birth With four siblings born before Lawrence, his mot Little Boy starts as an autobiography Lawrence Ferlinghetti rapidly zips through the events of his life He was born in 1919, and is now a century old This book was written and published when he was ninety nine The background of his parents is spoken of His mother was a Sephardic, Portuguese, French speaking American, living in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York His father was a Lombard, Italian immigrant, who died before Lawrence s birth With four siblings born before Lawrence, his mother felt she could not cope with a fifth She gave him to her sister, living in Paris, France In the 1920s, the two returned to the States when Lawrence s aunt became the French governess to a wealthy family in Bronxville, also in Westchester County When the aunt had a fling with the father of the child she was teaching, she had to leave, but Lawrence remained Then his Mom turned up When asked whether he wanted to remain where he was living or go live with his Mom, whom he did not know at all, he chose to remain A school had to be chosen, and Bronxville Public School it was to be The school too distant for a daily commute, he was lodged in the house of widow Zilla Wilson and her fifteen year old son They lived near the school, down by the railroad tracks in Bronxville This was certainly not the same standard he had become accustomed to in the fashionable mansion with gardener, chauffeur and numerous maids and servants Still a young boy, he had been moved from country to country and from residence to residence Had he ever really had a home It is only natural to ask if the boy had ever felt loved I have drawn for you the start of Lawrence s life We are told of his higher education, his service in the U.S Navy during the Second World War, his support of Scandinavian styled democratic socialism, his role in the Beat movement, his work as poet, painter and co founder of the City Lights Booksellers and Publishers in San Francisco Although there is not a lot of detail, that which is told is certainly interesting The book makes you hungry for.A rundown of Ferlinghetti s life is zipped through in a flash, then he begins philosophizing and spouting his views on everything imaginable sex, love, the Church,literature, environmentalism, consumerism andThis is where the listening reading becomes difficult He goes in circles He repeats himself What begins as thoughtful, humorous, clever and well expressed lines, written with poetic resonance, evolves into a repetitive, rambling rant There is no structure organizing the topics covered There are no chapters.After philosophizing far too long, Ferlinghetti returns to speaking of his personal life This was a relief I began liking the book again.Ferlinghetti is a poet This influences how he writes and thus the speed with which it can be read He plays with words in a clever way When philosophizing, he lets his thoughts loose Here, the writing might be classified as stream of consciousness It is here the writing becomes difficult to read in long stretches.Peter Coyote narrates He does a good job It is a pretty easy book to narrate There are no dialogs Ferlinghetti is, from start to finish, voicing his own thoughts, expressing his opinions or telling us of events in his life Coyote reads at a good speed The narration performance I have given three stars.I am giving the book itself, three stars too The information about his life is interesting and told with a flair I do not disagree with his views, but what starts off coherent and well expressed gets out of control, begins to go in circles and becomes a repetitive rant I am still glad to have read the book A Coney Island of the Mind 4 starsLittle Boy 3 stars A 6 hour linguistic drumroll an autobiographical novel in spoken word a 99 year old author reminiscing his life in incantatory prose full of literary references including Finnegans Wake for the nuisance of 50% of all prospective readers who will declare it pretentious, perhaps justifiably ranting on modern technology and overpopulation plotless as life a bit old fashioned views on sexuality and gender, knocking off the fifth star as those parts made me a bit uncomfortable deceptively s A 6 hour linguistic drumroll an autobiographical novel in spoken word a 99 year old author reminiscing his life in incantatory prose full of literary references including Finnegans Wake for the nuisance of 50% of all prospective readers who will declare it pretentious, perhaps justifiably ranting on modern technology and overpopulation plotless as life a bit old fashioned views on sexuality and gender, knocking off the fifth star as those parts made me a bit uncomfortable deceptively simple third person narration in the beginning that turns into an avalanche of consciousness for all lovers of language