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My Friend Bobby   By: (1928-1992)

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My Friend Bobby by Alan Edward Nourse is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves deep into the complexities of the human mind and the power of friendship. From the very first page, I was completely engrossed in the story, unable to put it down until I reached the satisfying conclusion.

The narrative follows the life of the protagonist, a troubled teenager named Bobby, whose life takes an unexpected turn when he befriends an enigmatic character named Charlie. Bobby, who has always felt like an outcast, finds solace and understanding in Charlie, who seems to possess an uncanny ability to empathize with Bobby's struggles.

Nourse's writing style is both eloquent and accessible, making it easy for readers to connect with the characters on a deeply emotional level. The author masterfully examines the themes of loneliness, self-discovery, and the desperate desire for connection in a world that can often feel cold and indifferent.

One of the most captivating aspects of the novel is how Nourse portrays the complex friendship between Bobby and Charlie. As their bond grows, so does the intrigue surrounding Charlie's true nature. The author skillfully builds tension and suspense, leaving readers constantly guessing and questioning the motives and intentions of this enigmatic character.

What sets My Friend Bobby apart from other novels is its ability to seamlessly blend elements of science fiction with profound philosophical reflections. The novel raises thought-provoking questions about identity, the nature of consciousness, and the ethics of scientific experimentation. Nourse effortlessly tackles these weighty topics, providing a rich and intellectually stimulating reading experience.

Furthermore, the characters in this novel are remarkably well-developed, each with their own unique struggles and motivations. Bobby, in particular, undergoes a compelling character arc as he navigates the challenges of adolescence, grappling with his own insecurities and coming to terms with the complexities of friendship.

Overall, My Friend Bobby is a must-read for anyone who appreciates thought-provoking science fiction that explores timeless themes of friendship, identity, and the human condition. Nourse's masterful storytelling and engaging prose make for an unforgettable reading experience that will stay with readers long after they turn the final page.

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This etext was produced from The Counterfeit Man More Science Fiction Stories by Alan E. Nourse published in 1963. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed. Minor spelling and typographical errors have been corrected without note.

My Friend Bobby

My name is Jimmy and I am five years old, and my friend Bobby is five years old too but he says he thinks he's really more than five years old because he's already grown up and I'm just a little boy. We live out in the country because that's where mommy and daddy live, and every morning daddy takes the car out of the barn and rides into the city to work, and every night he comes back to eat supper and to see mommy and Bobby and me. One time I asked daddy why we don't live in the city like some people do and he laughed and said you wouldn't really want to live in the city would you? After all he said you couldn't have Bobby in the city, so I guess it's better to live in the country after all.

Anyway daddy says that the city is no place to raise kids these days. I asked Bobby if I am a kid and he said he guessed so but I don't think he really knows because Bobby isn't very smart. But Bobby is my friend even if he doesn't know much and I like him more than anybody else... Continue reading book >>

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