By Edmund White
Initially released in 1982 because the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's personal Story turned an immediate vintage for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The book's unnamed narrator, becoming up throughout the Fifties, is beset through aloof mom and dad, a merciless sister, and incessant mocking from his friends, compelling him to find artworks and literature as solace-and to discover new relationships within the fight to embody his personal sexuality. Lyrical and poignant, with robust evocations of disgrace and craving, this can be an American literary treasure.
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He set the jar on the counter and noticed it was bare. The fridge held half a carton of milk, a gallon bottle of apple juice with maybe one glassful in it, and a jar of mustard. Gregor braced himself and opened the cabinet. Half a loaf of bread, some peanut butter, and a box of oatmeal. He gave the box of oatmeal a shake and exhaled in relief. There was enough food for breakfast and lunch. And since it was Saturday, Gregor wouldn't even need to eat at home. He'd be going over to help Mrs. Cormaci.
I'll be there as quick as I can," said his dad. Gregor could hear him panting as he tried to struggle to his feet. "No, Dad! No, you'd never make it. " said Gregor. " He could hear his dad beginning to cry. "Don't worry. I'll be okay. I mean, I've been down there before. " Gregor puffed as he struggled to slide away the slab of rock. "Gregor? " asked his dad. " said Gregor. This was a real problem. "Wait, yes! " Mrs. Cormaci had given him a mini flashlight in case the lights ever went out when he was on the subway.
Now that area was in shadow. The lamp had been moved to the wall on his right. Above it was what looked like a poem. This must be it. " Gregor lifted his torch to get a clearer view and began to read: If Under fell, if Over leaped, If life was death, if death life reaped, Something rises from the gloom To make the Underland a tomb. Hear it scratching down below, Rat of long-forgotten snow, Evil cloaked in coat of white Will the warrior drain your light? What could turn the warrior weak? What do burning gnawers seek?