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by Paul Zindel

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ISBN: 0553246224
Author: Paul Zindel
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam (April 1, 1984)
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Young Adults
Rating: 4.3
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Paul Zindel, Sr. ran away with his mistress when Zindel was two, leaving the trio . His father abandoned them. This upbringing was most closely depicted in Confessions of a Teenage Baboon. ran away with his mistress when Zindel was two, leaving the trio to move around Staten Island, living in various houses and apartments. Zindel wrote his first play in high school. Zindel wrote a total of 53 books, all but one of them aimed at children or teens. Many were set in his home town of Staten Island. Despite the often dark subject matter of his books, which deal with loneliness, loss, and the effects of abuse, they are also filled with humor.

Paul Zindel Born on Staten Island, New York, Zindel was raised by a single mother who pursued a variety of odd and mostly unsuccessful jobs and took in terminally ill patients to supplement the family income. Due to her eccentricity and restlessness, the mother moved the family from one apartment to another, making it difficult for Zindel to form lasting friendships. As a consequence, the boy lived in the world of his imagination, developing interests in both science and writing. Zindel majored in chemistry at Wagner College on Staten Island, completing both bachelors and masters degrees.

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Confessions of a Teenage Baboon is a young adult novel by Paul Zindel, published in 1977. Chris Boyd, at fifteen, is an only child. The story is told from Chris' point of view as the son of Helen, his mother who works as a live-in practical nurse.

In Confessions Of A Teenage Baboon I alone with other teenagers knows how it feels to be moved around from place to place. Leaving friends, best friends, loved ones and neighbors just because of your parent(s) jobs! My mom was also a live-in nurse so I know how it feels. This book is full of depression! Feelings are expressed emotionally and violently. A Fantastic book with strong emotional appeal. com User, October 27, 1999. By (author) Paul Zindel.

The subjects in the books of Paul Zindel are nearly always the same. I think it is good to write about those subjects in books because teenagers can face the future. So that they can see it isn't always as perfect as it seems to be. They can learn how to resolve the problems. The Pigman is a young adult novel written by Paul Zindel, first published in 1968. Zindel wrote a screenplay, adapting the book for the stage and screen, but it was not taken up by any film maker. This dual perspective novel gives the reader two different sides to a story about such an important man. The two main characters, teenagers Lorraine and John, have opposite personalities and together create a powerful narrative.

On one of his mother's nursing cases a "misfit" teenager meets a man who gives Chris some needed lessons in life.


Paul Zindel's books have received widespread acclaim, and for good reason: he's an excellent writer. He's an adult who writes for adolescents and understands their motivations, hopes, fears, and dreams. I was first introduced to his work when I was assigned to read "The Pigman" in my ninth grade English class. I've read (and re-read) most of his work since then. This book deals with 13 year old Chris Boyd, whose mother, Helen, is a live-in nurse/caretaker. When she receives an assignment, she and Chris pack up and move to the house where she'll be working. She's now assigned to care for Mrs. Carmelita Dipardi who has a 30 year old son, Lloyd, who parties a lot and simultaneously dispenses advice to the shy, bewildered Chris, who's fixated on his missing father.

Lloyd might not be the first person anyone would go to for advice, but he reminds Chris that everyone has a choice; hence, the title of my review. Zindel's books generally are tinged with sadness in some way; a character dies or gets ill, or the protagonist fails in doing something that leads to tragedy. Here, though, despite Lloyd's slightly unhinged state, it's simply an urban tale of coming of age. And it's highly recommended for all ages.
If you read my other two book reviews, you'll notice that I am a fan of Paul Zindel's writing. And after reading The Pigman and The Pigman's Legacy, I wanted to get my hands on anything the man's written. I picked up Confessions Of A Teenage Baboon one day, and I haven't put it down since.
Basically the book revolves around fifteen-year-old Chris Boyd and his struggles with his dysfunctional mother and the memories of his late father. His mother is a nurse, and whenever she gets a new patient, she and Chris move into the patient's home to take care of him/her. This time around the patient is an elderly woman named Carmelita Dipardi. And the members of the Dipardi household make the families in the movie "American Beauty" look normal. There's Carmelita's drunk son Lloyd and her disturbed husband, as well as Harold, a kid from the neighborhood that always seems to be around.
Here Chris battles love, hate, pain, violence, and especially depression, while temporarily living in the madhouse that is the Dipardi residence. The book can be shocking at times, but all the way through it's very enjoyable. It's filed under YOUNG ADULT, but adults can enjoy it just as much as teens...even more so, I think. I'm 21 and I enjoy it. In fact, I literally read it almost every day and I still never get tired of it. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.
I read this when I was in Junior High--most likely, if my memory serves me right, between junior high and high school. I don't want to spend most of this review going over the characters of the plot synopsis--other reviewers and the product description do that very competently already. In my view, this is Zindel's darkest book. It's also his best. But this depends entirely on subtext. My claim is that this book has more in common with Dennis Cooper's George Miles series of gay outlaw novels, although much tamer, and more veiled, as most YA written during that time would have been, even ZIndel's which tried to take on teen-age angst in a more serious manner with his Caulfield-esque oddball narrators.

The interesting thing in Confession of a Teenage Baboon is protagonist Chris Boyd's relation to the enigmatic character of Lloyd Dipardi, a sort of Dean Moriarty pied-piper type figure who initially goads and indirectly mentors Chris before his own demons catch up with him, culminating a relatively shocking ending. It's clear that Lloyd's sexuality is ambiguous and that this puts him at odds with the community of Oakwood Kills as well as Chris overweening, shoplifter mother. We get a sense of Lloyd and Chris's curious bond as each share a troubled relationship to abusive mothers and absent or neglectful fathers. Of course the homoerotic subtext is never explicitly stated in the book but there are plenty of clues to suggest Zindel was exploring this theme--naturally withing the parameters of YA fiction of his era.
Years ago i read this book because at the time, Paul Zindel was my favorite author, and let me say, i was not disapointed by this novel. Like other novels written by Paul Zindel, Confessions of a Teenage Baboon deals with a dramatized depiction of teenage life in its worse. This story leaves you wanting to turn the page and read on. If the reader is familiar with Paul Zindel, they are familiar with a supremely climatic ending, well, Confessions wont disapoint. THis story makes the reader aware of life outside a hum-drum life. Paul Zindel does not glorify or fantisize on any aspect of teenage life. In fact, after reading one of his novels, you will wonder how it is possible that he is not a teenager himself. Story line of this novel? I read this novel four years ago, so i dont remember the exact details. But let me say: Teenage anxt, the unexpected, drama, comedy, a hilarious title, unbelievably real characters, and brutily real situations. May i also recommend all other Paul Zindel books: The Amazing and Death-Defying Diary of Eugene Dingman, The Girl who Wanted a Boy, I never Loved your Mind, A Begonia for Miss Applebaum, The Efect of Gamma-Rays..., David and Della, Harry and Hortense at Hormone High, My Darling my Hamburger, Pardon me Your Stepping on my Eyeball, The Pigman, A star for the Latecomer. believe me or not, i have read all of these. i am deffinately the expert on Paul Zindel, and i plan to read all of these novels a second time.

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