The Long RuneBook - 2015
From a hill above town, the Mount Kildare Orphanage for Boys looks down on thesmall city of St. John's, Newfoundland. The year is 1960. Theorphanage is always cold, there is never enough to eat, and theCatholic Brothers who run the home are heavy-handed in their religiousdiscourses and harsh in their discipline. Here, a group of boysmanages to look out for each other and live by their own set of rules. Byday the boys are obedient students, but when the sun goes down the DareKlub rules the night: raiding the bakery; stealing sacramental wine;and talking endlessly about girls, sex, and the merits of FloydPatterson versus Willie Mays. Above all, they help each other throughthe waves of loneliness and sadness that they all experience. Theirsecret society is their law and their family. But when the Brothersdiscover the wine is missing, they go on a manhunt, offering payoffsand bribes to any boy who will rat out the culprits. To buck upthe frightened boys' courage, the Dare Klub's leader, Blackie, createsa program of secret training for the annual St. John's marathon. Theboys sneak out at night for running sessions in the hours beforemorning prayers, devising elaborate rituals to protect their secrecy.Leo Furey has created a classic coming-of-age story of dazzling scopeand powerful insight, leavened with razor-sharp wit.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Shambhala Publications, 2015.
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