A novel 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.

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