Tomboy is the graphic biography of the author, dealing mainly with her being defined a tomboy since childhood by other children.
In this small book the author is able to deal with various themes regarding integration with other groups of people – forced also by some change of town during her childhood, the reason someone could be left apart and the difficulties in constructing durable friendship and relationship with both boys and girls when being outside of “the group” dictating what is normal.
The book is very nice and fun but it’s able to make the reader asks himself/herself some questions about different themes.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them – we can love completely without complete understanding.
A river runs through the lives of the two Maclean brothers, the older one, Norman, a serious married worker, the youngest, Paul, gifted by an amazing skill in fly fishing, who loves women, gambling and alcohol.
The river and fly fishing are the only points of contact between these two different men, because only when fishing they can understand the other one like they are not able to do in the rest of their lives.
The novel is rich of details about fly fishing; I found them interesting and useful to detail the relationship between the two.
The story is partly autobiographical and the reader, talking about the ups and downs with his brother, teach us that it is still possible to love also without complete understanding.