Boy on the Edge



❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Boy on the Edge Author Fridrik Erlings – E17streets4all.co.uk Can a boy on the edge find his way back From award winning Icelandic author Fridrik Erlings comes a novel as cruel as it is tenderHenry has a clubfoot and he is the target of relentless bullying One d Can a Boy on the Edge find his way back From award winning Icelandic author Fridrik Erlings comes a novel as cruel as it is tenderHenry has a clubfoot and he is the target of relentless bullying One day, in a violent fit of anger, Henry lashes out at the only family he has his mother Sent to Boy on Kindle - live with other troubled boys at the Home of Lesser Brethren, an isolated farm perched in the craggy lava fields along the unforgiving Icelandic coast, Henry finds a precarious contentment among the cows But it is the people, including the manic preacher who runs the home, who fuel Henry s frustration and sometimes rage as he yearns for a life and a home Author Fridrik Erlings offers a young adult novel that explores cruelty and desperation, tenderness and remorse, but most importantly, kindness and friendship.Boy on the Edge

Fri rik ErlingssonFridrik Erlings was born in Reykjavik in From he worked as a graphic designer and illustrator He was a guitar player and songwriter in two Icelandic rock bands Purrkur Pillnik from and in he founded the alternative rock band The Sugarcubes with Einar Orn and Bjork before leaving music to Boy on Kindle - pursue writing Fridrik is the author of several novels, both Fiction and Young Adult novels He s written numerous lyrics for contemporary pop and rock artists he has written screenplays for film and television, the most recent the screenplay for Thor Legends of Valhalla , the first feature length D animation film made in Iceland He has also lectured screenwriting at The Icelandic Film SchoolFridrik has written the libretto of a historical opera, Ragnheidur composed by Iceland s musical legend Gunnar ThordarsonFridrik lives with his family in a small village in South Iceland, right next to the volcano with the unpronounceable name, Eyjafjallaj kull.

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Boy on the Edge
  • Fridrik Erlings
  • 15 January 2018
  • 0763666807

10 thoughts on “Boy on the Edge

  1. says:

    Brutal and sad, and very well laid out It was a good story of isolation and loneliness, suitable for a young adult reader, but bitingly poignant to a reader able to empathize with being an outcast I wanted to hearof the story It seemed the author hadto tell, but halted after a logical encompassing timeframe Be warned of some triggers in regard to self harm.

  2. says:

    An abused and bullied boy named, Henry, searches for a true friend on a farm in the stark volcanic landscape of Iceland He finds peace but it is not easy at his new foster home run by a childless couple, the Reverend and Emily The Reverend isof a screecher than a preacher, reminding Henry of the shouting bullies he endured at school and making him identifywith the outcast Satan than God.Henry s mom has given him up to the state after he hurt her in an argument He feels cast out of An abused and bullied boy named, Henry, searches for a true friend on a farm in the stark volcanic landscape of Iceland He finds peace but it is not easy at his new foster home run by a childless couple, the Reverend and Emily The Reverend isof a screecher than a preacher, reminding Henry of the shouting bullies he endured at school and making him identifywith the outcast Satan than God.Henry s mom has given him up to the state after he hurt her in an argument He feels cast out of his home and is angry with the world He has dyslexia, a debilitating stutter that makes him not talk, a clubfoot that makes him limp, and a long history of being bullied at school When he meets foster mother, Emily, he learns kindness and begins to feel at home for the first time, especially with the farm animals He longs for a friend, and is deeply hurt by rejection He has anger management issues and the adults are misguided in their dealings with him In the prologue, Fridrik Erlings reveals this as a tale of redemption for him and a chance for him to right a past wrong Beautifully written and moving, it shows a boy s difficult journey to self acceptance.Two older boys, Mark and John, come to the farm, along with a younger kind boy, Ollie, that upset Henry s provisional peace Tensions mount as Mark and John manipulate Henry so they can have a secret party with some local girls The two boys want to escape the isolation of the farm and seek Henry s help However, it is Ollie that threatens Henry the most for he draws Emily s attention away from Henry Worse, Ollie hounds the illiterate Henry asking him to read Henry does everything he can to avoid doing that and it leads to a tragic climax.Henry doesn t speak and most of the narration is his inner monologue where he agonizes over making friends and being rejected He is incredibly lonely finding the farm animals his closest friends He thinks John is becoming a friend, but that changes when Mark comes to the farm Emily helps him feel at home, but when Ollie shows up, Emily gives him her undivided attention making Henry feel lonely again The imagery of sacrificial lambs is rich in symbolism from the animals to the people Just like Christ died on the cross and had to be in total darkness cut off from God to take on humankind s sins, Henry feels the darkness of his anger and being cut off from others in relationships He calls the boys at the farm children of lust and wonders if that is why the world rejects them.The Reverend uses corporal punishment and religion to be an authoritarian figure Even the name he has chosen for the boys, Home of the Lesser Brethren, shows an attitude of superiority and not compassion He bullies those around him and has no clue what it means to love another human like himself He even preaches the gospel in a way that suits his needs He says that when the boys misbehave they are being overtaken by the devil and the Reverend has to punish the devil in them He punishes anyone who speaks up and questions his authority even if it is done respectfully He makes them rebuild an altar of stones all night long to get the devil out of them or pray locked up in a boiler room.History shows over and over people that use religion to justify actions that are contrary to the gospels they will murder, oppress, and abuse people in God s name The Reverend is like this He preaches that the devil was cast out of heaven because God asked him to worship men However, Satan was actually cast out because he wanted to replace the one true God Ironically the real Gospel story is a warning about pride, but the haughty Reverend has baptized himself in pride missing the meaning of the scriptures Tragically, he is a man that does not know how to love others He just wants to rule and control the boys at the farm Unable to love his wife, he doesn t ask anyone s opinion and is a hell and brimstone preacher His goal is to build a church, but he does so at the expense of his marriage On the day of his first sermon he realizes that he has lost his wife s love to Ollie and expresses regret to Henry.The character development is particularly well done in this book All of them are metaphorically pushed to the edge of the cliff in their relationships Mark wants to keep running and won t face his past or accept himself John is pained by his parents abandoning him to the point that he suffers depression Ollie tries to deal with the death of his parents by quoting poetry to get rid of bad memories The Reverend does not nurture his marriage Emily loses the twenty boys she loves because of the Reverend s need for a church And Henry desperately wants a friend and must learn to love himself.Emily tries to get Henry to read The Little Prince, but he throws it over a cliff Later Ollie tries to get him to read the same book because he wants to hear about the fox The fox gives advice in the book on human relationships such as, One sees clearly only with the heart What is essential is invisible to the eyes The fox also talks about a rose and it being special because it was the object of the prince s love This ties in with the author s prologue where we discover he is Ollie in the story and Henry was a boy he didn t talk to for twenty years in real life Instead Henry died and Ollie read his notebooks only to discover that he was the rose in Henry s life because he introduced him to books and it was through literature and writing that Henry found acceptance and peace.This complex book might appeal to adultsthan kids The swear word sh is used quite a bit and might offend some readers depending on personal taste I thought it got repetitious with the description of the animal s defecating, but I did think it made the two older boys conversationauthentic when they were using it While the book is dark there are moments of humor and lightness The suicide attempt, violence, and abuse make this young adult, but they are not graphic Henry s confusion and emotional turmoil should keep readers on the edge of their seats

  3. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The saddest thing about this book is that in the prologue the narrator says he never comes back to see Henry again until his funeral, and that he feels lost and unfulfilled in his life When you realize that this narrator is the carefree little boy who likes to read and has some OCD tendencies around poetry , you have to wonder what happened to him to make him so unhappy Especially because this was introduced so early on, it sets the feeling for the whole book one of sadness and loss, loneli The saddest thing about this book is that in the prologue the narrator says he never comes back to see Henry again until his funeral, and that he feels lost and unfulfilled in his life When you realize that this narrator is the carefree little boy who likes to read and has some OCD tendencies around poetry , you have to wonder what happened to him to make him so unhappy Especially because this was introduced so early on, it sets the feeling for the whole book one of sadness and loss, loneliness and abandonment And yet it is really not addressed, as only Henry s story is told.Henry is a believable character, with fears and issues that he works through in the course of the book I would have liked to talk to someone who read this in the original Icelandic because I m sure the language would have added to the starkness of the setting and therefore the mood of the book

  4. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This story of redemption set in Icelan is filled with moving passages and is certain to remind readers of the choices faced in life Henry never learns to read, and because of his clubfoot, he becomes the object of ridicule for his classmates He keeps his anger deep inside until it erupts against a classmate who is bullying him and later, against his mother He is subsequently sent to an isolated farm where he finds some contentment spending time with the sheep, the cattle, and an enormous bull This story of redemption set in Icelan is filled with moving passages and is certain to remind readers of the choices faced in life Henry never learns to read, and because of his clubfoot, he becomes the object of ridicule for his classmates He keeps his anger deep inside until it erupts against a classmate who is bullying him and later, against his mother He is subsequently sent to an isolated farm where he finds some contentment spending time with the sheep, the cattle, and an enormous bull The farm is run by a minister who takes in recalcitrant boys for their labor In his determination to convert others, he makes several costly mistakes Each time Henry tries to trust someone, he is betrayed, but his trust in Emily, the minister s wife, and in Ollie, the young boy who comes to stay on the farm, help him see that sometimes it s necessary to face problems Even though he helps two youths escape the farm on a boat that has been hidden, he realizes that he cannot run away from himself The book is filled with passages describing moments of tenderness and compassion as well as some of unspeakable cruelty and hubris I won t spoil the surprise of identity of the book s narrator and how he, too, seems to have tried to run away from himself He finds himself by returning home once again and telling Henry s story Once again, I am struck by the power of literacy and the fears so many individuals have as they struggle to crack the alphabetic code

  5. says:

    I am intrigued by Scandanavian novels, by the way their landscapes and characters somehow mirror each other The coldness, the vast loneliness, the sparse vegetation show up in characters as aloofness, solitude, and introversion Boy On the Edge is the story told by Henry, who is disabled with a club foot and terrible stutter In the beginning, Henry explains that in a fit of rage he accidentally broke his mother s arm Because of this, he was removed to the Home of Lesser Brethren, out on the l I am intrigued by Scandanavian novels, by the way their landscapes and characters somehow mirror each other The coldness, the vast loneliness, the sparse vegetation show up in characters as aloofness, solitude, and introversion Boy On the Edge is the story told by Henry, who is disabled with a club foot and terrible stutter In the beginning, Henry explains that in a fit of rage he accidentally broke his mother s arm Because of this, he was removed to the Home of Lesser Brethren, out on the lava rocky Icelandic coast The Home was run by a childless minister and his wife, and many wayward or orphaned boys were boarded there The wife was loving and kind, and Henry benefited from her nurturing The minister was a well intentioned, but misguided man He worked the boys too hard in his zealousness both to reform them and build his new church When a new boy, Ollie, joins the Home, Henry feels rejected and replaced His love for Emily seems threatened by this newcomer, but in the end Emily needs both Ollie and Henry to survive the turn of events that affects them all This novel is suitable for Grades 9 12 due to mature topics, violence, and language

  6. says:

    Henry has a clubfoot and difficulty speaking, and the bullying he endures at school leads to him assaulting his mother and being sent to a Home for Lesser Brethren There, Henry is a farmhand, caring for the cows and sheep and a bull he names Noah The other boys are younger, but here Henry finds kindness from Emily, the reverend s wife, until two other boys arrive who will change everything.Given that I read this while traveling in Iceland, I thought it was great to have the backdrop of Iceland Henry has a clubfoot and difficulty speaking, and the bullying he endures at school leads to him assaulting his mother and being sent to a Home for Lesser Brethren There, Henry is a farmhand, caring for the cows and sheep and a bull he names Noah The other boys are younger, but here Henry finds kindness from Emily, the reverend s wife, until two other boys arrive who will change everything.Given that I read this while traveling in Iceland, I thought it was great to have the backdrop of Iceland in the story The story itself feels a bit old fashioned, as Henry s troubles are remembered through his writings being read by his friend Oliver as an old man The isolation of the Icelandic countryside, the lava fields and cliffs and extreme weather came across perfectly and mirrored Henry s inner turmoil I was expectingof a modern story, and this might not work for younger readers, but it was still enjoyable and also makes me want to read The Little Prince

  7. says:

    Heartwarming and gripping As this is a book written in a language other that the native one spoke by the author, it read very precisely Well groomed sentences shape and for the narrative perfectly And Henry s story is worth hearing

  8. says:

    Really love the plot of it, loved henry, found him a character i can relate to Only part that saddens me is finishing this book

  9. says:

    This is a good book and I would recommend it to anyone who feels a bit lost Henry, the main character of the book, is desperately lost, confused, and angry This book teaches lessons that people don t want to teach Like that sometimes you need to punch something, that it s okay to be throughly miserable, and that life isn t and will never be fair Yet it still feels pure and wholesome There is so much peace found in the turmoil that it s like no one is hurting at all, like it s an illusion W This is a good book and I would recommend it to anyone who feels a bit lost Henry, the main character of the book, is desperately lost, confused, and angry This book teaches lessons that people don t want to teach Like that sometimes you need to punch something, that it s okay to be throughly miserable, and that life isn t and will never be fair Yet it still feels pure and wholesome There is so much peace found in the turmoil that it s like no one is hurting at all, like it s an illusion Which adds to the overall serenity of the book It looses a star because this book hasn t changed my life completely but I feel like I am different while I m on the other side Trigger warning Be aware self harm does take place in the book, rather unexpectedly

  10. says:

    This Icelandic author is a fascinating individual and writing for young adults is only one of his many accomplishments Boy on the Edge is about Henry a boy withthan his fair share of obstacles in his life His appearance which includes a club foot and his negligent mother, have made him an outcast His inability to express himself, and difficulties with reading, only exacerbate his problems When his frustrations turn to uncontrollable rage he is sent to live at a farm for foster boys This Icelandic author is a fascinating individual and writing for young adults is only one of his many accomplishments Boy on the Edge is about Henry a boy withthan his fair share of obstacles in his life His appearance which includes a club foot and his negligent mother, have made him an outcast His inability to express himself, and difficulties with reading, only exacerbate his problems When his frustrations turn to uncontrollable rage he is sent to live at a farm for foster boys Life is not easy at the farm, but it is there that he fights his inner demons and eventually learns that some people can be trusted

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