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This riveting tale of compulsion and murder bears comparison in its inexorability to Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me. Set in the world of Brooklyn gangsters and juvenile delinquents, Portrait of a Young Man Drowning reveals a character caught in a whirlpool of street crime and Oedipal passio n, driven by circumstances beyond his control into acts of self-destruction anThis riveting tale of compulsion and murder bears comparison in its inexorability to Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me. Set in the world of Brooklyn gangsters and juvenile delinquents, Portrait of a Young Man Drowning reveals a character caught in a whirlpool of street crime and Oedipal passio n, driven by circumstances beyond his control into acts of self-destruction and twisted sexuality....

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ISBN : 1871422
Format Type : Hardback
Number of Pages : 340 Pages
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portrait of a young man drowning Reviews

  • Michael Conland
    2019-02-22 16:40

    I'm such a sucker for novels set in early 20th century America, but that's more a cherry on an already very tasty cake here.So, Portrait of a Young Man Drowning is a novel told in the first person by a young man, growing up in a less than affluent area of the New York. The storyline is for a long time, fairly unsurprising (although it's still great), although it does metaphorically start to live up to its name by the end. The writing style and the first person narrative is what really makes it stand apart though. The story covers around 10 years of the protagonist's life and we never get any viewpoint other than his own. This makes for an interesting experience, as I'm unsure whether he is meant to be struggling with learning difficulties or possibly even something on the autistic spectrum. We tend to get very factual descriptions from him as to things which have happened, but he never really reads into them as I believe the reader is expected to. His interactions with other characters always seem a bit confused too. (Maybe most readers knew that up front. I knew nothing at all about this novel, so it was all totally fresh for myself)Given the people surrounding him, that makes for some difficult patches. His mother especially gives of a sense of foreboding, but you're really left to make your own assumptions there, as we never really learn any concrete detail. His relationship with his father leaves a hollow feeling too, but for very different reasons. However, that's not to say the titular young man is innocent in all of this. His hands are dirty too, which perhaps makes this such a compelling read. There's also a nice touch in the writing style, as it matures as the protagonist ages. In terms of delivery, it reminds me a lot of Catcher In The Rye. The similarities with someone who seems to be struggling with other people and social situations are definitely there, along with the first person writing and almost journal-like quality, although Catcher doesn't have the ageing element to it.I wasn't sure how I felt about the ending when I first finished the book. I had enjoyed the whole experience and then the ending just seemed a bit rapid and partially predictable. However, with time to sink in, I think it actually works really well. Even though it is distinctly unpleasant.One of my favourites (if not my favourite) book this year.

  • David Leslie
    2019-03-15 16:59

    This will be short and sweet...Simply one of the greatest and most overlooked/underated books I've EVER read(along with Iceberg Slims 'PIMP' which wasn't so slept on).A coming of age/gang/romance/mental health/overbaring mother to the point of a really twisted scene/an Irish American group of lads gone off the rails tale!The fact that this was a debut novel is astounding.Tragic that Charles Perry died before he could pen another novel!

  • Darren John
    2019-03-05 09:35

    The best book ever written in the English language. I'd carry it to the ends of the earth with me.

  • Amy
    2019-03-07 08:51

    You know from the first few pages that this isn't going to end well. I'd recommend you read Brighton Rock before picking this one up.

  • Roger King
    2019-03-17 09:37

    I dont have a rating, I stopped at p 33. Things were not looking too good for the boy, and didnt want to hang around and find out how bad. But I am a big fan of Jim Thompson. You know his stories end up real bad--but those are adults, this is a kid. Sorry for wimping out...

  • Amy Westgarth
    2019-03-14 15:53

    At the very beginning I could take or leave this book, I didn’t really know where it was going. But it got so intriguing that by the end I couldn’t put it down – I just had to know what was coming next. All through the book there was a strange sense of foreboding and mystery. I knew it was leading up to something major, but I wasn’t sure what. Things weren't quite as they initially seemed. Details were slowly revealed and everything started coming into place. By that point I was hooked! I loved this book; even though I’m not sure I understood everything fully. I think it’s one that needs a few reads to fully absorb. I would happily read it again though, it was amazing!

  • Will
    2019-03-13 15:43

    "I leave them and go on down Hudson Avenue. I do not regret what I have done. I have forty-two dollars in my pocket - more money than I have ever had in my life! Besides, it was exciting.The only bother - the sound of the cane hitting the floor as I ran. It is a nagging memory that I reach for but cannot grab.I give Ma thirty dollars and keep the rest for myself. I tell her I found the money in an old pocketbook laying in the gutter. She is overjoyed. She takes the money and kisses my cheek.She asks only one question.'I wonder what your father is doing tonight?'"

  • Hayley Mortimer
    2019-03-21 13:50

    I really enjoyed this book, to be honest I only heard about this book while researching the movie based on the book (Six ways to sunday) I enjoyed the movie and when I found out the book I was excited, I got even more excited when I read the reviews of this book they all seemed to be positive. This book is way out of the normal genres I read but I know for a fact it has opened a new world of genres for me.

  • Adriaan Krabbendam
    2019-03-02 12:03

    Very Brilliant Novel from the perspective of a boy growing up to become a murderer. Like the title suggests, it's construction is based on Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man", but this is so extremely well written and gripping that I rate it Way Far Better & Impressive. Every writer should read it and learn from it.Back in the old days we published a quite brilliant translation ("Portret van een verloren jongeman") by Irving Pardoen.

  • Erica Orton
    2019-02-27 14:45

    I loved almost all of this book. I thought it was so well-written and fascinating until the very end. And then I was disturbed and couldn't get passed it. It's one of those books that I'm glad I read, but I don't think I could read it again. Kinda tragic and disturbing.

  • Laura
    2019-02-26 17:02

    I'm not sure that this is a book that you will ever 'enjoy' reading. It is powerful, disturbing, tragic, moving. I was passed it with the words, "just read this". And that is how I pass it to you. Will be with me forever.The Authors only book.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-02 08:49

    Many times better than the movie Six Ways to Sunday! I would have given it 4 stars, but the ending confused me a bit. I understand ultimately what happened to Harold, however the flashbacks confused me and I have no idea who the "Old Woman" is.

  • Adriaan Krabbendam
    2019-03-12 10:53

    See above

  • Andrew Vachss
    2019-03-19 09:57

    An amazing work, by a genius who died before he could add to it.

  • Kimberly Taylor
    2019-02-26 17:00

    A quietly disturbing book, I was sucked in and could not put it down until the very end and then I almost felt dirty with the conclusion of the story.

  • PaulAddis
    2019-02-19 13:44

    Brilliant and disturbing!

  • Lauren
    2019-03-09 12:48

    Absolutely disturbing but absolutely amazing. I was an emotional wreck after I finished this. READ IT!!