A Memoir

Book - 2012
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As a teenager, legendary Canadian poet George Bowering lived the life of an ordinary boy. He loved baseball, read Westerns, held a part-time job, and fantasized about girls and women. George was due for a sexual awakening, which arrived when he was fifteen. But what took place was anything but ordinary when George found himself vying for the affections of three very different women: his first love, the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and one of his high school teachers. Set in the South Okanagan Valley in the fifties, 'Pinboy' is an intimately honest and often hilarious memoir that skilfully captures the delirious chaos that takes place as a boy becomes a man.
Publisher: Toronto : Cormorant Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781897151938
Characteristics: 276 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 01, 2018

His comical biog. about a young boys life coming of age and to understand women and his attraction to them.
I had questions after I read this and a comment.
He was sexually abused by his teacher.
Wonder if teacher was fired for this abuse or other young boys???
Wish book would of told us more about Jennette, or did he ever find out answers.
At first I didn't think I would like the book, glad I kept reading it.

Allan Salsbury
Nov 15, 2017

Great recollections of growing up in a from a small western town. Lots of personal details (whether true or exageratted?). Many striking memories, such as the opening of the cinemar in Lawrence in 1950, and walking along Sawmill Road South. I found this book a delight to read.

Jun 30, 2013

Gross. From the first chapter I thought it would be a fun story about a student working at the bowling alley, etc. (due to the name of the book too). After a while I noticed that it is the story of a 15 year boy old pursuing 2 girl classmates... meanwhile he is having a sexual relationship with a teacher from his school. Statutory rape! Ewwwwwww... and these incidents progress to the point that he is paddling and having @n@l sex with the teacher in the principal's office? It his a fantasy story or a memoir? YUCK!

Mar 21, 2013

Great melding of fact, fiction and fantasy. Wonderful insight into a 15 year old boy (albeit an extraordinary one). And great look at 1950s Okanagan. Loved it. Liked A Magpie Life even more.

Mar 12, 2013

Not sure I believe Bowering's recollection of his teenage sex life, but can vouch for the fact that what he writes captures the essense of teenage boys' fantasies very well. Every teenage boy I grew up with had his own version of Ms. Verge, in mind if not in body.

Mar 04, 2013

I wouldn't vouch for the accuracy of the account of the author's lovelife, but his description of 50s orchard work, tractor driving, the fruit packing house, high school and community activities certainly ring true for me. I enjoyed the writing as much as I enjoy Raymond Chandler, Jonathan Latimer, and Paul St. Pierre, all who put fun-to- read words to paper.

Nov 19, 2012

Funny, funny, funny. A great, quick read.

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