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Every Boy Should Have A Man

Allen, Preston L., 1964- (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Every Boy Should Have A Man
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In a future world where oafs keep humanlike creatures called "mans" as pets, a poor oaf boy brings home a man whom he hides from his parents under his bed and soon learns that they share a common humanity.
Authors: Allen, Preston L., 1964-
Statement of Responsibility: Preston L. Allen
Title: Every boy should have a man
Characteristics: 192 pages ; 22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: In a future world where oafs keep humanlike creatures called "mans" as pets, a poor oaf boy brings home a man whom he hides from his parents under his bed and soon learns that they share a common humanity.
Subject Headings: Interpersonal relations Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: Black author
Interpersonal relations
Local Subject Heading: Black author
LCCN: 2012954414
ISBN: 1617751626
9781617751622
161775157X
9781617751578
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI A
Research Call Number: Sc D 13-1207
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May 25, 2013
  • BeccaBB rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is rather a hard book to review. Partly because it doesn't really fit into any category that I can name and partly because I'm not really sure how I felt about it. It is part fairy tale, part myth, part dystopian fiction and a few other parts too. It explores themes of slavery, cannibalism, war, environmentalism and other big issues. And it spans several generations. It does all this in a relatively short story. It does read quickly and it is interesting how it starts you in a world you don't recognize and works in pieces of a story every child knows. I do like how you are uncertain if this is the future of the human race or its past or happening right now. It is an interesting story and told in a deceptively simple tone so the impact of it kind of creeps up on you. But in a way that was also why I think I didn't connect with it very much. It is told like a fable. Names aren't used and although it follows particular characters they are more examples to make a point than they are individuals and left me with no one I could relate to. Which would have been fine in a fable of a couple of pages or so but in a novel left me feeling unconnected. A lot of the concepts and plotting are interesting but in the end it was more interesting than enjoyable to read.

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