The Boy Who Laughed

Rated 4.57/5 based on 7 reviews
How one boy affects the lives of so many, for so long, this romantic drama begins in 1963 when it was illegal just to be gay.

Nicky is an abused teenager who first finds love, then gets not just the strict but loving Dad he has always wished for, but also a family.

The reader journeys through life with him, experiencing the trials, tribulations and happiness he never thought possible. More

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Words: 398,410
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458054494
About Marc Murrey

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland of an American father and Scottish mother, Marc has written several short stories but only published his first full length novel in 2010.

He lives with his partner and 2 dogs in an isolated cottage in the scenic serenity of the Scottish Borders.

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Review by: Kim Rickmon on Oct. 12, 2011 :
I really loved this book. It was beautifully written. Although, I usually shy away from anything involving the death of a loved one I was unable to stop reading this, and I was really glad I hung in there.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: vicki liford on July 29, 2011 :
one of the best stories I've read, really tugged on my heart-strings, I felt I really got to know all the characters, and loved them all, Looking forward to more from this story and Author.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Fabian Black on March 03, 2011 :
The Boy Who Laughed covers a wide span of time, lives and emotions. There's a lot of detail in the book. I think it probably could have been broken down into several books. It's a gay coming of age story, a romance, a history, an erotic story, and a discipline story all at the same time. Some of the discipline scenes might seem very harsh to people who perhaps aren't familiar with the concept of loving but strict (fictional) Dad/son relationships. Marc Murrey's debut novel will appeal to people who enjoy stories involving consensual male-to-male discipline.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: ArrowWords on Feb. 10, 2011 :
In this story, if it were not for the love so clearly and beautifully told of the father for his sons, Adam and John and adopted Nicky, and their love for him, I would have found his frequent belting and strapping of John and Nicky abusive. I think it would certainly be found to be so by today’s standards. While not from Scotland I am old enough to remember the school strap and a friend whose backside sometimes felt his father’s belt. But the unconditional love in this story so clearly and compellingly told overwhelms and creates a context of caring for this discipline that I could accept it and left me reflecting on what this love might be today, this discipline with love and respect, not anger, to teach, not to personally control. The father accepts and respects the love between his adopted son, the young temperamental and damaged young Nicky and his lover David who dies but endures, and then Nicky and John’s subsequent love for each other. It sets him apart for the time the story occurs. The reader lives through Nicky’s narration of his struggle to come to terms with himself, not his being gay, but his own self control and recurring despair. It is a novel of life, death and most of all being alive and I recommend it. I have only a small criticism in that there are some moments when the narrative seemed to me to wander such as when the family takes a first trip to the United Sates. Some phrases are repeated that became predictable without purpose (others being repeated with a clear intent). That said I will be reading it again which I almost never do with a novel. The first reading took me through emotions from laughter to tears.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Eldot on Feb. 03, 2011 :
The novel is important reading. It tells a wonderful love story and leaves the reader feeling grateful to have been included in what seems like a very vivid memory. It does that in an ethnic portrait that is unfamiliar and exotic to an American who is several generations away from the Scots who came to this country.

The central story is supported by a range of supporting characters and sub characters. It is a long book, perhaps a tad rough around the edges--yet that quality lends it an air of authenticity one expects in a memoir, as much as anything. Maybe it would not be so engaging if it were highly polished.

The opening scene is problematic in that it suggests that the story is of an entirely different sort. The discussion and depiction of physical punishment is visceral and frightening. I nearly put the book down after a few pages. Fortunately, I skipped forward to see if that was really what the book was about. I'm glad I did that; otherwise I would have missed a wonderful experience. The rest of the book provides the context for that seemingly brutal opening event, and it takes on an entirely new significance. It is an ethnic event, not a sexual aberration or fetish. Good to know about, actually. Unfortunately, my download did not include the attractive color cover.

I recommend this book without reservation. I will read it a second time, at least. I miss the characters and wish that I had been able to know them. I'm glad to have their experience and life experience in my memory bank. I feel enriched. That's why it is a good read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Andrew Gilby on Jan. 06, 2011 :
I have read this book 3 times (advance copy) and have found it almost impossible to put it down. The first time I read it I spent 3 days doing nothing but eating, sleeping and reading! This book is an emotional rollercoaster full of happy bits and extreme sad bits. I have fallen in love with the character of John - I think we all secretly want a John in our lives.....
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: the belter on Jan. 01, 2011 :
Couldn't stop reading this book until I finished it. With emotions ranging from despair to ecstasy, I cried, laughed and giggled throughout.

The subjects are treated with a sensitivity and honesty that makes Brokeback Mountain pale to insignificance.

The end left me wanting more.

If you like fictional biographies which just happen to be about gay characters, then this is a must read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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