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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 ab. More than 60 years ago Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote I am anxiously waitingfor the secret of eternal life to be discoveredBy most counts he seems to have discovered itFerlinghetti — the poet the scholar the champion of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” the co founder of City Lights Booksellers Publishers the tireless critic of political ills — turns 100 on March 24He has not mellowed At allIn 2017 Ferlinghetti told The Washington Post “I never wanted to write an autobiography because I don’t like looking back” Evidently he overcame that reluctance but of course the autobiography he’s releasing this month is entirely on his own terms “Little Boy” isn’t really a memoir The publisher calls it “a novel” but it really isn’t that either As his literary ancestor Walt Whitman would say it’s a “barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world”A few months ago Ferlinghetti claimed “The little boy is an imaginary me” but the broad outlines of his real life appear here particularly in the early pages which are the only ones that tell something like a coherent story We learn of his tumultuous childhood His father died before he was born; an aunt whisked him to France and then back to the United States; the aunt’s wealthy employer descended from the founders of Sarah Lawrence College adopted himHe may have lived like “Little Lord Fauntleroy” but “it was a very lonely life for Little Boy” Ferlinghetti writes “with the nearest neighbor out of sight and no children of any age to play with” In a mansion some 20 miles outside New York City his new guardians spoke to one another in courtly tones and dressed in Victorian garb They sent him to a private school and important they possessed a fine library which he was encouraged to useAs the pace of “Little Boy” accelerates chaotically whole years fly by in a phrase or two — from high school to college with a major in journalism and then the Navy where he participated in the Normandy landing and saw Nagasaki just a few weeks after it was destroyed Discharged he earned an MA in literature at Columbia University a PhD at the University of Paris and “emerged as a reasonably miseducated product of high culture and not all so irrelevant as rebels might imagine” And then around Page 15 the wheels bust off this narrative and we’re airborne “Grown Boy came into his own voice and let loose his word hoard pent up within him”What follows for the next 150 pages is a volcanic explosion of personal memories political rants social commentary environmental jeremiads and cultural analysis all tangled together in one breathless sentence that would make James Joyce proudDo I recommend itYes I said yes I will Yes To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Posthttpswwwwashingtonpostcomentert

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H Allen Ginsberg esue 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. What a delightful — sentence Lawrence 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 La commune de Paris par ceux qui l'ont vécue of raw emotion rumination reflection reminiscence and prognostication Surcouf on what we may face as a species Alfred Dreyfus :Cinq années de ma vie : 1894-1899 on Planet Earth in the future Little Boy is a magical font L'art militaire de Napoléon of literary lore with allusions galore a final repository Louis Napoléon le Grand (Littérature) of hard earned and durable wisdom a compositional high wire act without a net Journal intégral - 1815-1818 or all that much punctuation and just a gas and an inspiration to read. What a delightful — sentence Lawrence Ferlinghetti has given us a very interesting steam L'empire des Français, 1799-1815 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 Le feld-maréchal von Bonaparte : Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Français et de leur décadence of the universe Napoléon au Portugal : Le triomphe de l'armée luso-britannique annonce la fin de l'empire (1801-1814) or Histoire des troupes suisses au service de France sous le règne de Napoléon 1er 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 La Tragédie du capitaine Dreyfus of man in his endless sound and fury signifying everything with his endless hallucinations adorations annihilations illuminations erections and exhibitions fascismo and machismo circuses Napoléon of the soul astray merrygorounds La Restauration. Les idées et les hommes of the imagination coney Island L'aveuglement de Napoléon of the mindless endless poem”Well I say congratulations and Happy 100th Birthday Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Out his highly significant and productive 99 years 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 wit. 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 novelsLITTLE 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 techniue is so self conscious so precious that a 16 year old would be ashamed of this and would resolve to do better in futureI gave it up around page 120 and regret the loss of time wasted in this extended formless gormless temper tantrum Surcouf on this planet The Little Boy Alfred Dreyfus :Cinq années de ma vie : 1894-1899 of the title is Ferlinghetti himself as a child shuffled from his L'art militaire de Napoléon 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 wit. Rarely in Louis Napoléon le Grand (Littérature) one's life does Journal intégral - 1815-1818 one encounter a book that speaks so clearly to L'empire des Français, 1799-1815 one's very being that the book becomes a vade mecum like the 1939 OXFORD BOOK OF ENGLISH VERSE for me Le feld-maréchal von Bonaparte : Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Français et de leur décadence or the Bible for Napoléon au Portugal : Le triomphe de l'armée luso-britannique annonce la fin de l'empire (1801-1814) others Histoire des troupes suisses au service de France sous le règne de Napoléon 1er or perhaps Yevtushenko's poetry La Tragédie du capitaine Dreyfus or Dostoyevsky's novelsLITTLE BOY is not Napoléon one La Restauration. Les idées et les hommes of those books This mess is not a stream L'aveuglement de Napoléon 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 techniue is so self conscious so precious that a 16 year Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène (1) old would be ashamed La Commune et les Communards of this and would resolve to do better in futureI gave it up around page 120 and regret the loss Les aides de camp de Napoléon et des maréchaux sous le Premier Empire (1804-1815) of time wasted in this extended formless gormless temper tantrum

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