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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
ISBN 0140028668 / 9780140028669 / 0-14-002866-8
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
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A band of savage thirteen-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard this disallusionment as an act of betrayal on his part - and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying. [via]