The first of several descriptions of this boy being ejected from childhood innocence and security by his father’s decision to abandon home in search of himself, or some such.¬† This reference to Jonah being spewed out of the whale is memorable.

‘He felt as if the present had vomited him out like a Jonah.’

Source: Russell Hoban, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (London: Picador, 1979), p. 131

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