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- DescriptionWhat They Did to the Kid is a memoir spinning as a comic vel for general-fiction readers intrigued by boys' school tales, and baby boomers who survived Catholic school. Ryan O'Hara, coming of age from 14 to 24, is the wise adolescent narrating readers' entry into the secret culture of 1950's altar boys who go to the seminary, meet priests, and must decide their own identities. The vel's interior ticking covers the clock and calendar of boys' emerging consciences and edgy consciousness. The San Francisco Chronicle says, Jack Fritscher reads gloriously. Strong characters and snappy dialog propel the character-driven plot of male-dominant pecking order. At Misericordia Seminary (aptly nicknamed Misery ), Ryan O'Hara exposes his own story. He's trapped for oxygen-with 500 other boys-by the imperial Rector Karg, the disciplinarian Father Gunn of the USMC, the tart Father Polistina, and the rebel-priest Chris Dryden who kws Fellini and JFK. The storytelling Irish-American author gives each ensemble character-hero or villain, student or priest, man or woman-a rich back story. Black civil rights of the 60's as well as three interesting women characters open this tale out of the suffocating seminary and on to the hot streets of Chicago's South Side and Old Town. The compelling psychological drama hinges on the very source and aspirations of priestly vocation versus self-esteem. Is God calling me-and what about chastity? Or is it just the 'Bali Hai' of blind ambition and social climbing-and what about sex? Fritscher makes deeper than usual sense of soulful coming-of-age material. The hearty supply of boarding school episodes cumulatively reveals the dueling dynamic between the boyish protagonist, Ryan O'Hara, and the callous ambition of the handsome bully, Tank Rimsky, as they fight toward the finish line of manly men's ordination to the priesthood. The hardest thing to be in America today is a man. The vel is based on an under-reported story: the Catholic Church recruited 200,000 boys into seminaries in the 1950's. Only 20,000 were ordained. Kid details, in a stalgic and t unkind take what happened to the missing 180,000 boys and the women and men in their families. Daring to step inside Catholic culture, without being parochial, this American story reveals the 1950's roots of 21st-century recovering Catholic panic and angst. The millions of post-Catholic baby boomers who have exited the Church will compare tes and laugh kwingly at the dead-on characterizations. Fashionably anti-Catholic campers will say, but, of course! Readers might catalog Kid in the genre of Young Torless, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Lord of the Flies. Before w, one of the surviving 180,000 ex-seminarians has dared reveal this insider confession on the secret milieu of the Catholic education of priests. From interviews with more than a hundred former seminarians, Jack Fritscher uniquely stages their true story arcs with wit, verve, and comedy. What They Did to the Kid is the fourth vel from Jack Fritscher whose twelve books have sold more than 100,000 copies. Jack Fritscher is a graduate of the prestigious Pontifical College Josephinum, a Roman Catholic seminary, located in Columbus, Ohio, and directly subject to the Vatican in Rome. He received his doctorate in American Literature from Loyola University, Chicago.
- Author(s)Jack Fritscher
- PublisherPalm Drive Publishing,U.S.
- Date of Publication20/06/2011
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationSebastopol
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPalm Drive Publishing,U.S.
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight406 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsDigest format paperback
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