written by William Wharton
in 1978. About two young boys
who are friends before WWII
. Story is about the adventures
these boys have, and who they turn into as they grow up
. Alfonso becomes more and more interested in sex
, while Birdy becomes more and more obsessed with the canaries
he's breeding, and learning to fly
himself. Both boys are drafted
, and upon returning Birdie is committed to an asylum
, where Alfonso tries to reach him by recounting all the crazy
things they did as kids.
The story was made into a movie in 1984, starring Matthew Modine, and Nicolas Cage. Though I believe they move the time period up to around Viet Nam. Both the book and the movie are excellent if you're in the right frame of mind.