This riveting tale of compulsion and murder bears comparison in its inexorability to Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me.
Set in the world of Brooklyn gangsters and juvenile delinquents, Portrait of a Young Man Drowning reveals a character caught in a whirlpool of street crime and Oedipal passion, driven by circumstances beyond his control into acts of self-destruction and twisted sexuality.
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Portrait of a Young Man Drowning based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I got this book after seeing the movie Six Says to Sunday. While I know they must exclude certain things when they take a story from the pages to film, but this one was pretty close. The reader follows the story thru Harry's eyes and while I don't want to give too much of the story way, before it's all said and done, you ache for Harry and want to murder his mother and father. The poor kid had such a twisted view on life because of the way his mother raised him. I just wanted to reach into the book and hug him.
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN DROWNING was a breath of fresh air and I enjoyed every page-even the slow ones. It had everything; drama, action, betrayal, sexual tension (some by the wrong parties involved), and psychological torment made the novel exactly what I needed at the time, which was a book that had each ingredient, and then some. I've passed this novel on to two of my co-workers and they both fell flat on their backs with praise. To Charles Perry, wherever you are, on behalf of the three of us, THANK YOU!!!