Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life Book Summary and Study Guide

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It's South Africa in the 50s, and John is a first-in-his-class high school student with an afrikaner last name in a classroom of English boys. He feels different in many ways. He's not a lonely kid, he just happens to have different preferences, such as liking the russians more than the americans. He's got problems with his father, he doesn't love him, and the struggle with his mother is of a love and hate relationship.
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This memoirs soon become a rich-in-details story of a boy growing up in the country of apartheid. There's discrimination for being white, black or afrikaner, for speaking English or Afrikaans, and for living in the province or Cape Town. There are not many hints of John as the future author of 'Waiting for the Barbarians' or 'Disgrace', but the young John is seen going frequently to the public library and even faking illness to read books (borrowed from there) lying in bed. Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus', 'Coriulanus' and 'Macbeth' are among his readings here, along with an 'Encyclopedia for Children'.
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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   general coming of age story Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   African Black Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

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


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   White Enclave Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   concerned How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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