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BAD BOY is the first part of Jim Thompson's autobiography he wrote in 1953.

This is the story of Jim Thompson's childhood in Oklahoma and Texas. The family follows Jim's father who was a lawyer, a politician and a businessman active in the oil business at a stretch. Jim, always moving, never had the time to make friends at school. Jim learned to smoke with his grandfather and took a job as a bellboy in a grand hotel. A few months later, due to his drinking habit, he undergoes a crisis and must rest, between life and death, in bed. Then, he decides to go west and finally takes a job as a night watcher of pipeline fields. He finally comes back home and gets involved in the alcohol traffic in the middle of the prohibition. The first part of the autobiography ends with Jim Thompson leaving town with his mother and his little brother for the university of nebraska.
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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   trouble in high school    -   committing crimes    -   boozing Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas    -   Midwest Desert?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   resort/hotel Century:    -   1900-1920's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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