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What was most disappointing about Tony Macaulay’s story?
The quality of the recording was terrible -- repeated lines, broken words, guitar sounds between chapters that were too loud relative to the recording. Beyond that, the story could have been any childhood in the 70s. It was littered with banal pop cultural references, and the central paperboy story didn't resonate at all. If this was meant to illustrate the ordinariness of childhood in a extraordinary (and extraordinarily violent) time, it succeeded. But ordinariness does not a compelling narrative make!
How could the performance have been better?
Professional sound control with a professional reader.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Macauley spent some time on structure, ensuring that certain jokes -- however weak -- persisted through the narrative.
Perfectly captures the innocence of the young people who were growing up in the midst of "the troubles" My husband was a paperboy and then on a bread truck.in the exact same years snd his mom was even a seamstress. Only difference was he grew up on Falls Road. Same experiences yet a universe apart. We both loved the book.