review Borstal Boy 107

review Borstal Boy

review Borstal Boy 107 ↠ Brendan Behans in einer einfachen und klaren mit gälischen Wendungen durchsetzten Sprache gehaltener autobiografischer Bericht über den Alltag in einer Erziehungsanstalt erreichte Anfang der 1960er Jahre unter jungen Menschen einen ähnlichen Kultstatus wie der Roman Unterwegs 1959 von Jack R KerouacEntstehung Schon als 14 Jähriger war BehLizisten mit einer Waffe bedroht hatte wurde Behan zu 14 Jahren Haft verurteilt von denen er aber nur fünf absitzen musste Den Bericht über sein »Knastleben« veröffentlichte der Autor nachdem er mit zwei Theaterstücken bereits zu Weltruhm gelangt warInhalt Borstal Boy ist das Porträt eines temperamentvollen Jugendlichen der keine Gelegenheit auslässt sich für den irischen Freiheitskampf stark zu machen der aber Mithäftlingen und Aufsehern in der Erziehungsanstalt ohne Hass begegnet Er steht seiner Umgebung aufgeschlossen und vorurteilslos gegenüber und weiß Cha. England 1939 1942 Brendan Paddy Behan is convicted of murder he detonated an explosive that killed at least 4 people Since he is 16 yo at the time of the crime he now stays in an institution called a Borstal which is a type of youth prison in the United Kingdom run by the Prison Service and intended to reform seriously delinuent young people ages below 17Think Prisonbreak but with almost no escapees and definitely no rape sodomy gang wars and drugs In Borstal Boy there are just friendships between young heterosexual men shower scenes minus anything unusual morning exercises singing and reading classic literatures The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire Crime and Punishment etc It is almost boring except the fact that these young people are mostly members of Irish Republican Army or IRA 1922 1969 which fought the British army to gain independence for Ireland Paddy's opening statement for himself says it allMy lord and gentlemen it is my privilege and honour today to stand as so many of my countrymen have done in an English court to testify to the unyielding determination of the Irish people to regain every inch of our national territory and to give expression to the noble inspirations for which so much Irish blood has been shed and for which no many of my comrades are now lying in your jailsPrior to this book all I knew about IRA were those I saw in the movies and up until now I did not know that it was a major and long struggleThis is a semi autobiography of Brendan Behan who used is own name in the novel and said to have meticulously related what transpired during his 3 year stay in Borstal According to Wikipedia what is really good about this novel are the dialogues as Behan was able to capture the exact languages and their eccentricities during those times For example in several scenes British prisoners would easily identify that Paddy is from Ireland and some could even identify in which part of that countryBut my favorite parts are the songs Although I could barely identify them they reminded me of my songs that my father used to sing when I was a young child Songs that I did not hear on the radio as those were songs by the inmates in Caloocan City Jail where he served as a policeman and jail guard One inspiring morning song goes like this Umaga na Neneng tulog ka paNamamanaag na ang sikat ng araw sa umagaKung ikaw man ay hapo sa mga dusang natamoGising at magbangon ka sa umaga Another song is the poignant painful and has this part Pag ako'y namatay aakat sa langitDoon magsusumbong ng di mo pag ibigPag pinayagan muli muling magbabalikAy naku o Diyos ko ng di mo pag ibig I wish I could remember the rest just to pass them on to my daughter The songs his grandfather used to sing especially when he was drunkIn the book Brendan sang a Borstal Song that goes like this Oh they say I ain't no good 'cause I'm a Borstal boyBut a Borstal boy is what I'll always beI know it is a title a title I bear with prideTo Borstal to Borstal and the beautiful countrysideI turn my back upon the 'ole societyAnd spent me life a thievin' 'igh and lowI've got the funniest feelin' for 'alf inchin' and for stealin'I should 'ave been in Borstal years agoGor blimeyI should 'ave been in Borstal years ago It is very Irish isn't it Remind me of Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes

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Ncen wie etwa das Angebot zur Lektüre literarischer Texte zu nutzenDaneben erfährt der Leser viel über das Alltagsleben in der Erziehungsanstalt auch über Schikanen und Vorurteile seitens der Aufseher über uerelen und Machtkämpfe unter den jugendlichen Insassen sowie über pubertätstypische Themen und KonflikteWirkung Mit seinem lebensnahen die Umstände nicht beschönigenden Roman begeisterte Behan seine Landsleute wie auch Jugendliche in aller Welt 2000 wurde das Buch von Regisseur Peter Sheridan verfilmt B G Copyright Aus Das Buch der 1000 Bücher Harenberg Verla. Period piece that's a less disturbing read than its reputation would predict Young loose cannon Behan of the IRA gets caught redhanded in England and learns the system and the country that founded it via its correctional institutions Banned in Ireland as obscene this took a while getting published and still managed to upset applecarts in the fiftiesThough tame for contemporary readers this is the Cooks Tour of the world 'inside' circa early forties in the north of England Oddly enough the comic overall scheme isn't all that different from the humor in a hollywood movie of the era But the slang the dense regional patter and class interaction develop the central themes; it's really a tough little coming of age story within a frame For the Tories this would have been a withering indictment of the nanny state administering it's tender mercies For the Irish another well aimed blow against the empire clever enough to be funny For a reader some sixty years later it's the language The dialogue can be very intricate although surprisingly offhand A snip of rhyming slang could place the speaker inform the listener geographically to the streetcorner sometimes situate the conversation's participants all while remaining opaue to those who might overhear it and deceptive to the authorities Keeping the governor in the dark is at all times criticalBurgess would mine this same vein years later and violently with A Clockwork Orange outlining the class structure sketching the institutional framework and even going one further by inventing a hyper slang his nadsat based on bits of cockney and soviet jargon In the condition of near total captivity forfeited control as with incarceration in correctional institutions the flowchart of information becomes critical And the conveyor belt of language becomes epic in scale a kind of theater of cruelty written as you go Where by necessity the short dense and most cryptic remark gains immortality for the speaker with all the force of a punch

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Borstal BoyBrendan Behans in einer einfachen und klaren mit gälischen Wendungen durchsetzten Sprache gehaltener autobiografischer Bericht über den Alltag in einer Erziehungsanstalt erreichte Anfang der 1960er Jahre unter jungen Menschen einen ähnlichen Kultstatus wie der Roman Unterwegs 1959 von Jack R KerouacEntstehung Schon als 14 Jähriger war Behan in die IRA eingetreten 1938 wurde er in Liverpool als Sprengstoffkurier festgenommen und für drei Jahre in eine Erziehungsanstalt eingewiesen Nach der Freilassung dauerte es nicht lange bis zur nächsten Verhaftung Weil er einen Po. Autobiographical novel by Irish writer Brendan Behan Behan was brought up in a strongly republican household his mother was a close friend of Michael Collins Behan joined Fianna Éireann the youth section of the IRA at 13 When he was 16 in 1939 Behan went to Liverpool with some explosives with the intention of blowing up the docks He was arrested and because of his age ended in the borstal system He was in borstal in England until his release in 1941 The novel is split into three sections The first part covers a two months stay in Walton prison in Liverpool on remand this illustrates the brutality of day to day prison life Part two tells about a brief stay at Feltham waiting for a place at Borstal The final part covers his stay at Hollesley Bay Borstal Behan writes well and captures the accents and tones of his fellow inmates very well There are working class young men from London Liverpool Scotland and the North East and Behan captures their voices accurately He starts the book with his arrest;“Friday in the evening the landlady shouted up the stairs “Oh God oh Jesus oh Sacred Heart Boy there’s two gentlemen here to see you”I knew by the screeches of her that the gentlemen were not calling to inuire after my health or to see if I’d had a good trip I grabbed my suitcase containing Pot Chlor Sulph Ac gelignite detonators electrical and ignition and the rest of my Sinn Fein conjurer’s outfit and carried it to the window Then the gentlemen arrived A young one with a blond Herrenvolk head and a BBC accent shouted “I say grab him the behstud”When I was safely grabbed the blonde one gave me several punches in the face”In the police station Behan gives his well rehearsed statement“My name is Brendan Behan I came over here to fight for the Irish workers’ and Small Farmers Republic for a full and free life for my countrymen North and South and for the removal of the baneful influence of British Imperialism from Irish affairs God Save Ireland”Behan’s construction of prison life is complex and not always what you expect He makes it clear that Irish working class Catholics and English working class Protestants have in common than their middle and upper class masters on either side This is reflected in the Marxist analysis espoused by the Official IRA who argued that class was potent than religion and should be a unifying factor Behan captures the monotony of prison life the importance of tobacco of friendships the variable food At that time the prisoners did work on a variety of jobs including sewing mailbags Behan finds his way around and through the system There is casual violence but Behan seems to avoid most of it by being just as tough as he needs to be but mostly by his charm and friendliness He describes relationships with the authorities not good in Walton much better in Hollesley There were sexual relationships in prison Behan does not ignore them although he is careful as homosexuality was still illegal when he wrote the book His language is coded but clear as is his own bisexuality What the book does need is a good editor; it’s too long and is sometimes dominated by the sheer strength of Behan’s character and is now clouded by the mythology surrounding him As Augustine Martin said in 1963;“Brendan Behan does not invite critical comment on his work The whole character of the man discourages it The public image that he has created is so tremendously alive and exuberant that one is inclined to regard the writing as a mere casual offshoot of his rollicking personality As if in fact the work was there as an excuse to display the man Again one feels a little silly in treating his work with attention and respect the he allows it himself”Behan is an amiable companion who seems to realize that although he hates the British state he actually gets on very well with the British working class Given what he intended it is very difficult not to like Behan as he goes on what is a voyage of discovery about his “enemies”