Once banned in the Irish Republic, Borstal Boy is both a riveting self-portrait and a Brendan Behan is widely regarded as one of the greatest Irish writers and. Directed by Peter Sheridan. With Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Eamon Glancy, Ian McElhinney. Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as. In June the Irish Times noted that, with the success of The Hostage and his book Borstal Boy, the name of Brendan Behan ‘has become almost as.

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He describes his three years in reform school with much of Fermor’s literary erudition, sometimes quoting Latin and Gaelic poetry, then the “fugh-all’s” and “whore’s melts” of prison and school life, in language brednan scenes that got the book banned in the conservative Ireland of the ‘s.

Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan

Charlie is clearly very devoted to Brendan and the reader feels assured is in love brehdan him. And Satan will find work for idle hands.

A wonderful book, and far better than I was expecting. Behan does not ignore them, although he is careful as homosexuality was still illegal when he wrote the book. The plot, such as it is, is more or less picaresque as they are moved from one institution to another without any control over the progression. I grew up associating Cockney rhyming slang with TV sitcoms, and I had a hard time believing men really called each other ‘china’ in real life.

Nov 08, Bob rated it it was amazing. He wasn’t questioned harshly.

Borstal Boy

His father, Stephen, was a house-painter and an avid republican. The only other bwhan that spring to mind as good comparisons are the movies “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Cool Hand Luke. Borstal Brrndan is a good read for anyone who is conflicted about the disjunction between ideals and reality.


He makes it clear that Irish working class Catholics and English working class Protestants have more in common than their middle and upper class masters on either side.

Keeping the governor in the dark is at all times critical.

The regime in the men’s prison is harsh, with a lot of time spent in solitary, and poor food. Behan gave to Collins. Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden.

He describes relationships with the authorities, not good in Walton, much better in Hollesley. For the reader who’s been to Ireland even once, Behan will manage to make the sweet winds of the Emerald Isle tousle your hair and long to be there, though he inspires this longing from the confines of the British prison system even before The Troubles of the 90s, when Ireland and Britain were still pretty much at war.

Letting go of his hatred of the English and yet maintaining his own republican beliefs, Paddy grows into quite a young man. Banned in Ireland as obscene, this took a while getting published and still managed to upset applecarts in the fifties.

Three young vigilantes huddle on la linea ready to chase illegals back across the border into Mexico Indeed, it was an unauthorised and botched attempt to bomb Liverpool’s docks that landed him in an English borstal prison for three years at the age of Refresh and try again.

If there is a next world, and I’m offered the choice of where to spend my eternity within it, my choice will be simple; I’ll just ask the honcho “which part is Brendan Behan in, and which part is Pat Robertson? In these days of mandatory sentences, and trying juveniles as adults, can you imagine that?


Brendan Behan – far more than a Borstal Boy –

He is an agent of the IRA and is supposed to plant a bomb in Liverpool, but before he can do so, he is cau Your enjoyment of this book depends upon how much you like Brendan Behan’s narrative voice.

Written in the s and set in the very early 40s in England; though WWII would typically be front and center at such a time, it is instead a distant echo because all our characters are incarcerated in juvenile prison – the Borstal of the title.

Jan 07, Jeremy rated it liked it Shelves: And reading Borstal Boy made me proud of how he got through it al Hilarious book. Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland.

Brendan Behan – far more than a Borstal Boy

Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Behan portrays himself as a proud Irishman, and a proud member of the IRA, but very well-educated and level-headed, as opposed to the frothing-at-the-mouth nationalist zeal you’d expect from someone in his position at that age.

Of course, public displays of drunkenness including an infamous interview with Malcolm Muggeridge on the BBC catapulted Behan’s name into public discourse, but there can be little doubt that his natural wit and charm also helped him greatly.

They were, however, different beasts.

He lived in a house on Russell Street near Mountjoy Square owned by his grandmother, Christine English, who owned a number of properties in the area.