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Freezing Time Prank
Stop-Time , published in , is a memoir by American author Frank Conroy , and tells the story of his poor childhood and early adulthood, growing up in New York City and Florida. Focusing on a series of moments from his life, the book combines traditional fictional devices such as scenes while also delving deeply into the author's psyche.
Running the Table
Jump to navigation. When I was fifteen and living in New York City, I was supposed to be going to Stuyvesant High School, and in fact I did actually show up three or four times a week, full of gloom, anger, and adolescent narcissism. The world was a dark place for me in those days. I lived in a kind of tunnel of melancholy, constantly in trouble at home, in school, and occasionally with the police pitching pennies, sneaking into movies, jumping the turnstile in the subway, stealing paperback books—fairly serious stuff in that earlier, more innocent time. I was haunted by a sense of chaos, chaos within and chaos without. Which is perhaps why the orderliness of pool, the Euclidean cleanness of it, so appealed to me.
This autobiographical memoir recounts important incidents and circumstances in the author's life from the ages of nine through eighteen. It is, essentially, what is generally known as a "coming of age" story, a narrative in which a young person discovers important, necessary truths about the nature of being an adult - indeed, of simply being a human being. This is the narrative's primary theme, with secondary themes exploring the attraction and responsibilities of individual independence and the metaphorical nature of travel. The memoir begins with a prologue set in the author's adulthood during his time in England. He describes his routine of sometimes interrupting his calm, ordered, productive, writerly life with drunken, almost dangerous road trips into London. After the description of one such road trip, the author turns the face of his recollections towards his past - specifically, his childhood as the son of a man who spent much of his adult life in mental hospitals and the stepson of his mother's unfocused, undisciplined, and opportunistic boyfriend.
Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. It's a remarkable book that works as a memoir but also a coming of age novel. By the end I was seeing it as a direct forerunner of Knausgaard's epic collection which is as high praise as I can imagine. Wonderful reading. MikeLindgren51 Aug 7, I read this back in college.