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The Lantern Bearers by Ronald Frame

The Lantern Bearers (edition 1999)

by Ronald Frame

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Title:The Lantern Bearers
Authors:Ronald Frame
Info:Duckbacks (1999), Paperback
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1962, and fourteen year old Neil Pritchard is sent to spend the summer staying with his aunt in a small town on the Solway Firth. He soon finds himself enlisted to assist the up and coming young Scottish composer Euan Bone who is working on a collection of songs. Neil's unbroken voice and his strict training as a choir boy make him indispensable and he becomes an essential part of Bone's inspiration. Working with Bone opens up a new world to the young Neil, and he is swept away in his new role and his infatuation with Bone. But an unforeseen occurrence puts a stop to their collaboration, and Neil find himself ejected with barley a word of thanks.

Neil's resentment later causes him to elaborate on his relationship with Bone, so setting in place a course of event that will lead to tragedy.

At the start of the new millennium the now mature Neil looks back to the idyllic summer he spent in his youth on the Solway firth, having been approached by a publisher to write about the composer Euan Bone. He must decide whether or not to accept this commission, knowing full well that in so doing he must reveal his part in the tragic events surrounding the composer.

The Lantern Bearers is a beautifully written account which captures the seemingly black and white years before the sixties really got going. Frame magically creates a likable young Neil who is both naive yet aware, and who knows his sexual inclinations and recognises them in others. Recommended. ( )
  presto | Dec 9, 2012 |
14-year-old treble Neil Pritchard sings for composer Euan Bone every afternoon. The relationship develops into one of mutual affection and some physical intimacy, but there is no suggestion that Bone abuses the boy. Many years later, Neil discovers than Bone had abused another young boy. ( )
  TonySandel | Sep 15, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0715631330, Paperback)

Sent away from home for the first time, Neil Pritchard spends the long summer of 1962 with his Aunt Nessie in claustrophobic Auchendrennan on the Solway Firth. Eager for a pastime, Neil sings for Euan Bone, a young Scottish composer whose star is rising fast. Becoming Bone's muse, the afternoons spent at the composer's home turn into the blissful focus of his adolescent dreams. Suddenly, however, Neil is expelled from his Eden - with devastating consequences for all...

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"In 1962, fourteen-year-old Neil Pritchard is sent away to spend the summer with his aunt while his parents try to resurrect their faltering marriage. There, Neil is enlisted by the famous composer Euan Bone to act as musical muse for Bone's new work, which is to be based on an essay by Robert Louis Stevenson. Naive and inexperienced, Neil is dazzled by Bone's attention, and he becomes desperate to keep it. Day after day, he returns to Slezer's Wark, the strange and beautiful house that Bone shares with the cellist Douglas Maitland. The blissful summer turns tragic, however, when Neil is expelled from his Eden, with devastating consequences for all involved." "Thirty-five years later, Neil is asked to write the biography of Euan Bone. Doing so, he knows, means resurrecting the events of that summer and facing the secrets he has hidden, even from himself, for all those years."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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