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ISBN13: 9780140044461
ISBN10: 0140044469
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First published in 1967, Stop-Time was immediately recognized as a masterpiece of modern American autobiography, a brilliant portrayal of one boy's passage from childhood to adolescence and beyond. Here is Frank Conroy's wry, sad, beautiful tale of life on the road; of odd jobs and lost friendships, brutal schools and first loves; of a father's early death and a son's exhilarating escape into manhood. Stop-Time is as generous on the subject of growing up lost in America, as moving in its absolute intelligence and compassion, as anywork that has appeared before or since.

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"Stop-Time is unique, an autobiography with the intimate unprotected candor of a novel. What makes it special, however, is the style, dry as an etching, sparse, elegant, modest, cheerful. Conroy has that subtle sense of the proportion of things which one usually finds only in established writers just after the mellowing of their career." Norman Mailer

Synopsis:

Conroy's classic memoir of his boyhood: his brutal experimental boarding school; a sojourn in the mental institution where his mother was a warden; his neurotic father's abandonment, mad mistress, and eventual death; and Frank's final escape into relative normalcy.

Table of Contents

Stop-Time Prologue

1. Savages

2. Space and a Dead Mule

3. Going North

4. White Days and Red Nights

5. Hate, and a Kind of Music

6. Please Don't Take My Sunshine Away

7. Shit

8. A Yo-Yo Going Down, A Mad Squirrel Coming Up

9. Falling

10. The Coldness of Public Places

11. Blindman's Buff

12. Nights Away from Home

13. Death by Itself

14. License to Drive

15. Hanging On

16. Losing My Cherry

17. Going to Sea

18. Elsinore, 1953

19. The Lock on the Metro Door

20. Unambiguous Events

Epilogue

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tiennewhite, February 13, 2012 (view all comments by tiennewhite)
The writing is excellent in this book. I was assigned to read this within 3 weeks for my writing 121 class. Although it is hard to follow, catch on and compare yourself to, it is very memorable and touching. Frank Conroy's memoir is my first memoir i have read and i can say i wouldn't mind reading more. It is amazing how detailed he gets even though it dates back to 1930's. It runs around from present to past stories, making your head race around to catch up with what part of life he is it. The characters, his friends, family etc. are all very well portrayed in their own way. His sister seems to distant herself as if this nuts family never existed and frank searches out for ways to occupy himself, making friends along the way with crazy happenings through school, travel and work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140044461
Author:
Conroy, Frank
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Conroy, Frank
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
19770231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.19x4.64x.53 in. .43 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 288 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140044461 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Stop-Time is unique, an autobiography with the intimate unprotected candor of a novel. What makes it special, however, is the style, dry as an etching, sparse, elegant, modest, cheerful. Conroy has that subtle sense of the proportion of things which one usually finds only in established writers just after the mellowing of their career."
"Synopsis" by , Conroy's classic memoir of his boyhood: his brutal experimental boarding school; a sojourn in the mental institution where his mother was a warden; his neurotic father's abandonment, mad mistress, and eventual death; and Frank's final escape into relative normalcy.
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