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Set in a small town in New Zealand, the story is told through the eyes of a gauche thirteen year-old boy called Jimmy Sullivan. It is the haunting tale of a young boy growing up in a catholic household, seeing things he shouldn't and struggling to cope. The book appears to be domestic in scope and provincial in vision, but by the end of the novel, the reader has encountereSet in a small town in New Zealand, the story is told through the eyes of a gauche thirteen year-old boy called Jimmy Sullivan. It is the haunting tale of a young boy growing up in a catholic household, seeing things he shouldn't and struggling to cope. The book appears to be domestic in scope and provincial in vision, but by the end of the novel, the reader has encountered murder, and witnessed the warping of a promising mind and the destruction of a family. In this deceptively modest masterpiece, the cruelty beneath society's surface is revealed, all the more devastingly so through the ordinariness of the location....

Title : The God Boy
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ISBN : 9780141187440
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 371 Pages
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The God Boy Reviews

  • Darkpool
    2019-03-15 13:22

    Just about the stupidest book I've ever been compelled to read. Those high-school English teachers sure have something to answer for here. Totally irrelevant to the life of an urban raised teenage girl.

  • Anna Claire
    2019-03-07 13:05

    I like how the story is told from the perspective of an eleven year old boy. He doesn't see the situation exactly how the reader might perceive it, I was busy trying to decode his innocent understanding about what is actually going on. His world of warring parents eventually is destroyed when his mother, knocks her husband off.

  • Lily
    2019-03-06 05:28

    You couldn't pay me to read that again! Bloody school assignment giving us shit books!

  • Sarah
    2019-03-17 10:14

    Fantastic, brooding and insightful - if a little hard to follow at times. It's a true tragedy that this modern classic hasn't been read by more, or had the publicity it deserves.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-16 06:15

    Jimmy is thirteen and he is looking back at his eleven year old self and trying to come to terms with the domestic violence he experienced in his home. From his first consciousness that something wasn't right to acknowledging his need to hide his home life from others, and his fear that his parents' problems were somehow his fault, the reader is shown the affects of abuse on a child. While the content is disturbing and heart-breaking, the writing is compelling. It is spare and so evocative of the feelings of a young boy. While a story like this makes us uncomfortable, it has to be told. It is stories like this one that force society to acknowledge abuse and its affect on families, particularly children, and to hopefully be more aware and willing to help those who are experiencing abuse. Even though it was written in the 1950's, it still resonates today.

  • latner3
    2019-02-26 12:26

    Very good.The first New Zealand novel to be selected for Penguin Classics. A deeply moving story of a Catholic boy learning that simple faith is no protection from life's harsh realities. A masterpiece.

  • Anna Claire
    2019-02-28 09:08

    A very important New Zealand novel. Utterly New Zealand, yet with themes applicable to people and communities every where in the world. I need more book cases.

  • Isaac
    2019-03-08 05:19

    A rather complex novel, entailing the effects of family abuse, endless arguing between Jimmy's parents and the such, on essentially, Jimmy's entire life. Amazingly, the book is still relevant in today's society in New Zealand and across the world. The layers of depth in this story is simply perplexing. Excellent for a reading log, report or essay.

  • Alexander
    2019-03-06 05:07

    The God Boy: by Ian Cross Alexander ShoemakerThe God Boy is a short New Zealand published novel that takes place in the late 1950’s patriarchal society. This is one of those books that you’re forced to study in New Zealand as it’s considered a national literacy achievement, and like most things that are forced upon an individual it was not the read that critics hyped it up to be.Personally I had trouble getting a connection with the characters as I am of a different time, mind set and social class. Do to me growing up in another environment it was hard to understand why Jimmy acted the way he did threw out the story although I could sympathize with him. It was a constant emotional decay throughout the story. Jimmy grew up in a household that was emotionally and physically abusive. His parents were both in a continual quarrel of backstabbing and dispute. This created a barrier of communication for Jimmy as he could talk to his family in a normal manner. At the time the short novel was set (late 1950’s) children already had social barriers between parents and children as kids were meant to be seen and not heard and were considered to be no more than an extension of a parents reputation. Due to this blockade Jimmy could not express his feelings with his parents and started to seek emotional support from outside sources. Although every time Jimmy Sullivan would seek out friends and teachers they would brush him off with little regard to the severity of his situation. Whilst the abuse of his alcoholic father and his backstabbing mother increases, Jimmy has nowhere to turn and as a result of stress begins to inflict self harm to relieve and compensate his emotional pain. (This is why I believe many teenagers today get tattoos.) Jimmy’s behavior begins to transform in school form a normal happy child into a more recluse, overstressed, reckless and aggressive child. After an encounter with one of the nuns at his school, Sister Abigail says that Jimmy is a demon child. Jimmy begins to believe that perhaps all of his domestic problems are actually his own fault. Then he decides that he may really be processed and breaks out in a mental breakdown which results in a rampage through the streets of his small town. Jimmy breaks windows of shops, curses the elderly and even beats a mentally deficient man! The God Boy is full of emotionally disturbing events that really leaves you feeling depressed and stressed. This really was the last thing I needed to accompany my already busy weekend. I would not recommend this short novel to people as they would most likely believe that I was one of those soul sucking recluses that enjoy the pain of others or had traumatic experiences of my own. But I understand that some people regard this type of literature as intriguing and deep so I will not say it was not an eye opener not only to signs of domestic insatiability but also as a guide to the structure of small town life New Zealand in the 1950’s.

  • Benjamin
    2019-03-18 06:12

    At the age of thirteen, Jimmy looks back to when he was eleven years old, and the traumatic events that resulted in him being where he is today, his permanent home, a Catholic boarding school. At the age of eleven Jimmy lives with his parents in the New Zealand town of Raggleton (perhaps based on Ian Cross' home town of Wanganui?). He is loved by both parents, but his mother and father constantly argue, a situation Jimmy considers as not unusual until he sees how the parents of his friend behave towards one another. Eventually the situation between his parents reaches a dramatic climax, and while at the time only partially aware of events this profoundly affects Jimmy causing to act very much out of character.Jimmy looks back at events with the eye of the now more mature thirteen year old boy - although still clearly a youth from his expressions - trying to distance himself from events by protesting he does not care, while clearly he cares very much. Along the way he frequently reconsiders his relationship with God, often blaming him for what happens.This is a captivating novel; Jimmy immediately wins one over which makes his trauma all the more affecting, a very rewarding read.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-06 11:22

    Oh.My.God. What a boring book. I read it thousands of times for my IGCSE but I never got the hang of it. I don't even remember what happens! All I know is that main character, Jimmy Sullivan,isolates from his parents arguing and bitterness by protection tricks such as puting his hands on burning water, his father was killed and her mother had an abortion. Also that his father was a drunk and Jimmy wanted a bike and his father gave it to him which made his mother as mad as a cow because they had little money. And has a problem with God due to his lifestyle. Also that there was someone called Bloody Jack. Bam.4/10.

  • Stewart
    2019-02-20 06:13

    " enjoyable portrait of a family falling apart through a young boy’s eyes and for all his protests about how he doesn’t care there is emotion within that allow you to see past his objections."Read my full review here.

  • Liz
    2019-03-15 05:08

    I had to read this for my IGCSE exams. What a boring book! Surely they could have found another book with deep symbolism which was also entertaining. There are too many good books out there to waste your time on something so uninteresting.

  • Kirsty
    2019-02-23 10:28

    Terrible to inflict this on teens at school

  • Lau
    2019-03-12 06:07

    Simply heartbreaking to see everything through the eyes of this 13-year-old boy who tries to work out the problems his parents have.

  • Kelly Egan
    2019-03-06 06:27

    loved! Brought me right back home to small town NZ.

  • Sumanth Seshasayee
    2019-03-15 11:26

    Year 11 - Novel

  • Sarah
    2019-02-26 08:09

    The book was sad!

  • Leah
    2019-03-17 08:07

    A nice easy read with a new perspective on the world of small town New Zealand

  • Jay
    2019-03-01 05:15

    Sad story about an obscure boy who feels himself chosen; some insights into small-town life in New Zealand.

  • Belinda
    2019-03-04 12:13

    I had to read it at school. I didn't enjoy it.

  • Booklovinglady
    2019-02-21 11:06

    Gordon McLauchlan is quoted on the back of my Penguin edition and to me his quote says it all really: "... The God Boy stands up better than A Catcher in the Rye."

  • Sorro
    2019-03-18 10:33

    good completed in 2 days a great read although it can get confusing if you are not interested or don't pay attention 100% of the time as my friend found out..

  • Daniel
    2019-02-22 05:29

    Gripping but tragic.

  • Concordian Library
    2019-02-23 05:08

    24 Copies Available2014-2015: G9 Set