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Twelve-year-old Tony Macaulay was appointed paperboy of Shankill Road in 1975. At the height of the Troubles, as bombs blasted, mobs clashed and sirens wailed through the streets, he did the daily rounds without fail. From barricades to the Bay City Rollers, platform shoes to paramilitaries, this is a story of happiness in dark times, a charming, funny and touching coming-of-age journey set in a very different - but very familiar - world.… (mais)
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Título:Paperboy: An Enchanting True Story of a Belfast Paperboy Coming to Terms with the Troubles
Autores:Tony Macaulay
Informação:HarperCollins (2011), Paperback, 288 pages
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Paperboy: An Enchanting True Story of a Belfast Paperboy Coming to Terms with the Troubles de Tony Macaulay

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Paperboy: An Enchanting True Story of a Belfast Paperboy Coming to Terms with the Troubles has got to be the funniest book ever written about growing up in Northern Ireland. It also was the first one I've read by a Protestant. I didn't even realize that until I would wonder why he said what he did in certain places at the beginning of the book; even though I knew he was a Protestant, it still didn't sink in for a while; I kept wondering why he said things that made him sound like he wasn't Catholic! Finally, his Protestant nature sank deep into my mind, and I could proceed unconfused with reading an incredibly humorous memoir.
  DuffDaddy | Jan 13, 2015 |
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The Paperboy bills itself as a memoir of a twelve-year old boy who delivers newspapers in Belfast during the times of The Troubles (1970s.) Tony Macauley, an Protestant English boy, lived in the Shankill area of Belfast in the shadow of the peace walls and the commonplace occurrence of pubs being blown up; but despite the violence (both threatened and actualized) that permeated that time and place, Macauley writes a quaint account of being a pacifist paperboy more concerned with The Bay City Rollers, parallels (a type of trousers), and keeping his paper route money hidden from potential muggers. It's an interesting perspective, having been written from the viewpoint of a young teen who had the advantages of being sent to a public school and having encountered others who were not as different as he had been brought up to believe; but the intensity of living on the edge seems blunted by elements of near suburban normalcy. I suspect hearing Macauley tell these stories live is truly engaging, and you can discern a certain echo of his speaking style (e.g. "...so I was," "...so had," and so on); but in many places, there are cut-and paste phrases and repetitive descriptions which break up the over arc of the memoir, and the vernacular of both time and place may need some looking-up as the meaning may not be clear from the context. ( )
  Tanya-dogearedcopy | Nov 7, 2014 |
A memoir of growing up in Belfast in the seventies from an eleven-year-old boy's perspective. It is filled with the pop culture of the time from fashion to music. He calls himself "the only pacifist paperboy" and he was determined that nothing would prevent him from delivering his newspapers on time. It is a story that might be more of local interest as it is filled with Belfast idiom and references, but the experiences of this likeable boy will generate many smiles. His thoughts on the concept of "goodies" and "baddies" are particularly poignant: Americans are mostly goodies because of Disney and the Osmonds but on the other hand there were goodies and baddies on Starsky & Hutch, while Russians, provos and Daleks were the worst baddies. His rationale has a childlike innocence and is clearly influenced by television. The events happen around the time when the two opposing religious groups started to consider integration in their combined quest for peace, which at that time was still a long way off. This is cheerful, funny, and optimistic, written in the unaffected frank words of a pre-teen. ( )
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First things first, I won this copy through the Early Reviewers program. That said, it was an entertaining if lightweight read. It's the story of Tony Macaulay's days growing up in Ireland during the Troubles. He sounds like he was a charming and typical kid living in a really strange time and trying to make the best of it. His story reminds us that hate and prejudice are learned habits and we don't have to give in to them.

I must be close to Macaulay's age because, even though I'm American, I can remember the Bay City Rollers madness. I might even have a few old lyrics stored in my memory banks.

All in all, I'd say this is a delightful summer read. ( )
  jennyo | Jun 25, 2014 |
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Paperboy is the story of a boy growing up during Northern Ireland's 'Troubles' and basically living as normal an adolescence as possible, while trying to be what he termed a 'Pacifist Paperboy', the best one and possibly the only one. Loved the many Doctor Who references; that and the Bay City Rollers really puts you into the time period. A quick and pleasant read. ( )
  PensiveCat | Jun 17, 2014 |
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Twelve-year-old Tony Macaulay was appointed paperboy of Shankill Road in 1975. At the height of the Troubles, as bombs blasted, mobs clashed and sirens wailed through the streets, he did the daily rounds without fail. From barricades to the Bay City Rollers, platform shoes to paramilitaries, this is a story of happiness in dark times, a charming, funny and touching coming-of-age journey set in a very different - but very familiar - world.

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