Little Boy

Little Boy Review

From the famed publisher and poet, author of the million-copy-selling collection A Coney Island of the Mind, his literary last will and testament -- part autobiography, part summing up, part Beat-inflected torrent of language and feeling, and all magical.

In this unapologetically unclassifiable work Lawrence Ferlinghetti lets loose an exhilarating rush of language to craft what might be termed a closing statement about his highly significant and productive 99 years on this planet. The "Little Boy" of the title is Ferlinghetti himself as a child, shuffled from his overburdened mother to his French aunt to foster childhood with a rich Bronxville family. Service in World War Two (including the D-Day landing), graduate work, and a scholar gypsy's vagabond life in Paris followed. These biographical reminiscences are interweaved with Allen Ginsberg-esque high energy bursts of raw emotion, rumination, reflection, reminiscence and prognostication on what we may face as a species on Planet Earth in the future. Little Boy is a magical font of literary lore with allusions galore, a final repository of hard-earned and durable wisdom, a compositional high wire act without a net (or all that much punctuation) and just a gas and an inspiration to read.

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  • Ron Charles

    More than 60 years ago, Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote,I am anxiously waitingfor the secret of eternal life to be discovered.By most counts, he seems to have discovered it.Ferlinghetti — the poet, the ...

  • Joseph

    Lawrence Ferlinghetti is an American poet, painter, socialist activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. At 99 he is one of the last survivors of the Beat generation of poet...

  • Chrissie

    Little Boy starts as an autobiography. Lawrence Ferlinghetti rapidly zips through the events of his life. He was born in 1919, and is now a century old. This book was written and published when he was...

  • Trin

    The opening twenty-or-so pages of this book are spectacular: a fluid, poetic exploration of Ferlinghetti's childhood, passed between strangers and strange relatives, lonely but lively. I loved the flo...

  • Lawrence Hall

    Rarely in one's life does one encounter a book that speaks so clearly to one's very being that the book becomes a vade mecum, like the 1939 OXFORD BOOK OF ENGLISH VERSE for me, or the Bible for others...

  • Ron S

    A Coney Island stream of consciousness meandering of memory and commentary from the poet and co-founder of City Lights. ...

  • Perry

    A centenarian's turbocharged trippin' through the past 100 years. A prose poem for and from the ages; autobiography freestyle. A hot potato one last time in an old artiste's pocket. Rock it!What a lif...

  • Donna Lewis

    What a delightful — sentence . . . Lawrence Ferlinghetti has given us a very interesting steam of consciousness, traveling from the Greeks to Google, and Gandhi to Obama. He traces his very full lif...

  • Barbara Lemon

    A Genius with WordsI purchased this book on Audible. Peter Coyote read this beautifully. Listening to Peter Coyote read Ferlinghetti is sheer pleasure! Ferlinghetti is sharp and witty and insightful. ...

  • David K. Lemons

    Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s novella “Little Boy” is kind of a flop with me (my shortcoming, not his, I think). I am rather a traditionalist when it comes to the printed page. Ferlinghetti’s “nar...