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Boyhood Dreams, consisting of 361 pages and 30 chapters is truly an epic autobiography of Author John Scully. It provides a detailed account of his life of abject poverty and extreme targeting to a life of high attainment and self-actualization. It is certainly a page-turner, and his audience will be enthralled by the fast-paced and shocking events that have affected his life as well as his loved ones.
The author lives with his parents, his four sisters, and Brother Mick in County Kildare, Ireland, during the postwar era. His home lacks many essential items. He attends school barefooted and is also a constant target for bullying from his schoolmates and surprisingly, his teacher.
Because life in his community seems so hopeless, he journeys to England to work towards realizing his dream of owning his own grocery store. In England, he is able to secure several jobs of which he has excelled. His path intertwines with Barbara who later becomes his wife.
Upon amassing enough financial gains, he, his wife and child return to Ireland where he opens his grocery store of which he has long dreamt about. He soon finds out that his community is no longer a simplistic and restrained one. It is now riddled with crime, police corruption, and political influences. His business, however, thrived and thus becomes the target for vandalism. Instead of rendering assistance, he encounters several cases of abuse occasionally at the hand of the Gardaí. Will Mr. Scully survive these constraints or will he be forced to return to England?
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