The Hand-Reared Boy

The Hand-Reared Boy

Brian W. Aldiss / Apr 05, 2020

The Hand Reared Boy A classic study of a journey of self discovery this book has stood the test of time and nearly years after it was first published can be enjoyed as a witty portrayal of experiences common to all

  • Title: The Hand-Reared Boy
  • Author: Brian W. Aldiss
  • ISBN: 9780285635166
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • A classic study of a journey of self discovery, this book has stood the test of time, and nearly 30 years after it was first published, can be enjoyed as a witty portrayal of experiences common to all young males as they reach puberty and adulthood.

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      • Brian W. Aldiss

        Pseudonyms Jael Cracken, Peter Pica, John Runciman, C.C Shackleton, Arch Mendicant, Doc Peristyle.Brian Wilson Aldiss was one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition Adored for his innovative literary techniques, evocative plots and irresistible characters, he became a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 1999 Brian Aldiss died on August 19, 2017, just after celebrating his 92th birthday with his family and closest friends.Brian W Aldiss Group on Good Reads


    1. I think it might have been Martin Amis who said that the main difference between pornography and mainstream literature lies in the treatment of masturbation. In mainstream literature, the basic assumption is that people don't masturbate. In pornography, the assumption is that people do nothing but masturbate.According to those criteria, The Hand-Reared Boy can only be pornography. I didn't really experience it that way, however. It just happens to be the case that younger teenage boys do, indeed [...]

    2. Cuando me recomendaron esta novela hace más de quince años me la vendieron como un chaval descubre su sexualidad a través de la masturbación en un internado británico. Mano Dura no es sólo eso aunque durante muchas páginas lo parece. El narrador recuerda su infancia y cómo a través de su relación con sus hermanos, el servicio de su casa y sus compañeros de colegio fue introduciéndose en el sexo. Desde la ingenuidad y la ausencia de sentimientos cuando era un niño, una simple explora [...]

    3. Read this when I was a 13 year old boy in 1976, as did all my dorm mates. Yes we were at a boarding school so the book seemed topical to us. Had it confiscated whilst reading it in an exam (after I'd finished the questions). It was many weeks later before it finally emerged from the teachers staff room to be handed back to me considerably more dog-eared than when it had gone in.

    4. A semi-fictional autobiography by science fiction writer Brian Aldiss, The Hand-Reared Boy is the story of a pre-teen and teenage middle class boy, Horatio Stubbs, Aldiss' author avatar, growing up in country England in the lead up to World War II.As implied by the title, this is a detailed account of masturbation, sometimes solitary but more often shared: with Horatio's older brother and younger sister, with other boys at school, with the family maid, with those rare girls of his own age he man [...]

    5. "The Hand-Reared Boy" is a book distinguished and ultimately undercut by its relentless sexual focus.The narrative takes an episodic form detailing its hero's sexual escapades: homosexual, heterosexual, incestuous, and finally, loving.It is the details of the last where the story starts to lose our interest. It leaves one cold to hear love described in the language of sex. We hear Horatio, the narrator, say he loves a woman, though only his sexual encounters with her are detailed with any passio [...]

    6. I'm surprised I never came across this book when I was working my way through the mucky books section of my local library a few years ago (purely for the purpose of reviewing them on dooyoo you understand). This is a self-expressed taboo-busting cumming-of-age novel full-to-bursting with descriptions of teenage masturbation. A 'fictitious autoiography' in which Horatio Stubbs describes growing up (Growing? Up? Why has every word I write becum a double entendre?) in Leicestershire in the 1930's w [...]

    7. Frank enough to be page-turning, but I'm not sure I've ever met anyone whose sexuality is as straightforward and uninteresting as Aldiss's protagonist.

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