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Also like Dickens, Wouk bou manages a large cast of characters, including more than a dozen adults and a one-of-a-kind horse named Clever Sam woven in-and-out of a narrative about children, with depictions that ring true both in description and actions. Herbie’s city world is one of endless daydreams and small urban pleasures: During these uncertain times, nostalgia is so valuable and Herbie Bookbinder and his friends makes the reader feel hopeful again.

The City Boy

Antics of school boys in the twenties at a summer camp. How many of you remember childhood superstitions and rituals? Also, fat boys who fall in love a lot and live in the Bronx. His first-born son, Abraham Isaac Wouk, died in a tragic accident as a child; Wouk later dedicated War and Remembrance to him with the Biblical words, “He cify destroy death forever.

Herbie and Cliff contrive to burglarize Boj Place to finance a well-intended camp project, and that crime is the device by which all the subplots come together in Dickensian fashion, at a cost to Herbie’s bottom if not his psyche. Listen, Herbie has moments like this: I loved this little book. I wanted a comfort read but it had to be citj special kind of comfort read. I loved the lying. The good kind of pity! I read this to my kids when they were in elementary school, one chapter each night.

But this was a completely different feel of course being about an 11 year old boy. I hdrman loved City Boy.

I used it to leave class early. Aug 19, Gary Makufka rated it it was amazing.

First impressions are hard to change. I hope he fucks up a whole lot more. If nerman like the little snippet I’ve quoted, you will love this book.

Teachers set themselves up to be wondrous wise—yet to this day it has not occurred to one of them that ‘ outfielder ‘ is a dactyl. Aug 29, Mariel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: He was a laughing stock. The book has real wisdom and is the best depiction of the mind of a boy I know.

Always an excellent re-read! Herbie contrives to have himself and his sister, his cousin Cliff Block, and his rival Lennie hermqn to Camp Manitou run by Mr.

Jan 22, Alana rated it really liked it. I was a patrol boj a last pick for the last term of the school year.

City Boy: The Adventures of Herbie Bookbinder – Wikipedia

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. KIRKUS REVIEW Divorcing himself from the artificialty and effort of Aurora Dawn this is a tragi-comedy of youngsters, understandingly, amusingly, entertainingly presented, with enough bite in the interpolations of the adult world against which they carry on hegman warfare, to keep it from a too humorous approach.

A lot of talking out of and figuring out what works by trying it out. I think I had heard of it before because the main character’s name, Herbie Bookbinder, sounded familiar to me, but I had never read it. The confession ultimately saves his father’s plant- and the finale, despite punishment, is more than Herbie had hoped.

Reminded me of all the pleasures of being a kid again. May 14, E rated it liked it. View all 5 comments. My favorite coming of age novel about a charming 11 year old boy in biy Bronx, circa That is not a reflection on the book, but like A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the Ryeit just didn’t appeal; not now, and not then. The novel first follows Herbert Bookbinder through the final days icty school at New York Public School 50, and then through a summer spent at Camp Manitou, a summer camp in the Berkshire Mountains operated by his school’s principal.

They loved it and agree that it’s a wonderful book. It has been rerereread. Marquandin a preface to the twentieth anniversary release, likened Herbie Bookbinder to a city-dwelling Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer.

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His main character, Herbie Bookbinder is a fantastic creation, and it takes little imagination to make the jump from hetman bookish Herbie to an imaginary “Hermie” Wouk growing up in a similar situation. Cliff [Herbie’s cousin who is nearby] an’ me’ll have more fun without a girl taggin’ along, anyway. Full of humor, quite delightful, and very safe, with a nice moral at the end.

His main character, Herbie Bookbinder is a fantastic creation, and it takes little imagination to make the jump from the bookish Herbie to an imaginary “Hermie” I read this as part of my “read everything ever written about the Bronx” kick, but found that it also fit into another one of my favorite subgenres: No trivia or quizzes yet.

I’m really glad I did.

He has a stern, silent father, and a soft, loving mother who do their best to raise him and his sister. Herbie’s fortunes rise and fall increasingly suddenly and sharply throughout the book, culminating in a final sequence in which he takes wildly risky steps to become camp hero, and his successes are taken away from him at the last minute. Want to keep up with all of our recent reviews of classic books? It takes place in and is told from Herbie’s point of view with obser I can’t remember exactly how I came upon this book but I was surfing around on the internet about a week ago and discovered it.

She still tries to make the time to read and write as much as she can. After a childhood and adolescence in the Bronx and a high school diploma from Townsend Harris High School, he earned a B. The result was a publisher’s contract sent to Wouk’s ship, then off the coast of Okinawa.