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He convinces his parents to send him to overnight camp when he finds out Lucille Glass the girl of his dreams is going.

But talk to me about “regular guys” playing stickball and This is one of those books that was excerpted in my middle school Language Arts book. It’s my kind of comfort read is what it is. A big packing case would have done as well.

Open Preview See hrman Problem? I was like Herbie. I read this to my kids when they were in elementary school, one chapter each night. He convinces his parents to send him to overnight ca Not sure what this says about me but this is my favorite book of all time. I felt so bad for Herbie. My UK school knowledge is all due to Harry Potter.

The City Boy

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. I wanted a comfort read but it had to be a special kind of comfort read.

I’ve read several of the author’s books and this one is definitely one I’d read again. Maybe scanning the room for someone to root for, rather than relate to, and there’s Herbie Bookbinder.

An all time favorite book. Plus, he sees the grownups in his world and they don’t seem to be happy or ethical which just makes him question even more whether growing up is something he really wants to do. He used it for freedom in the halls. In many of his novels Wouk evinces through his characters a love of Dickensparticularly in use of language to set mood. It takes place in and is told from Herbie’s point of view with obser I can’t remember exactly how I came upon qouk book but I was surfing around on the internet about a week ago bly discovered it.


The result was a publisher’s contract sent to Wouk’s ship, then off the coast of Okinawa. A lonesome, hherman situation, you might say, yet he had plenty of company.

I came across this one at a thrift store in Estes Park. Refresh and try again. City Boy20th Anniversary Edition, page xii. But talk to me about “regular guys” playing stickball and sitting on the “stoop” and I was totally lost.

I loved the stuff that I would have hated Herbie for when I was a kid. View all 4 comments.

Zum anderen ist Ein Buch, das am Klappentext als “Klassiker, der sicher irgendwann den Status eines Huckleberry Finn erreich wird” angepriesen wird. Because of this grounding in reality, Herbie’s heroics aren’t really reliant on deus ex machinae, astounding coincidences, or the like. Soon thereafter, he became a radio dramatist, working in David Freedman’s “Joke Factory” and later with Fred Allen for five years and then, infor the United States government, writing radio spots to sell war bonds.

My own 11 year old would never have romantic feelings, right?

Herbie Bookbinder’s Bronx: Revisiting Herman Wouk’s CITY BOY – Fig Tree Books

Abraham, Nathanial, and Joseph. Wouk joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater, an experience he later characterized as educational; “I learned about machinery, I learned how men behaved under pressure, and I learned about Americans.


Return to Book Page. The sharp edge void living stuff. There is an overarching plot, but mostly the book functions as a set of linked episodes, most of which would work fine in isolation.

I loved this little book. A simple story of a young boy in the Bronx, and his adventures at school, at summer camp, perusing a love interest, and dealing with bullies. Miriam Kates Lock is a writer and translator who has been writing for most of her life, starting with poetry and stories as a child citt writing essays, book reviews, and articles in adulthood.

If I was going to feel the sting of my inferiority complex it would have to be a hell no. But I know he can be so miserable and now I love him because I know he’s more than that. I liked City Boy, although hrman romance of the 11 year old boy was obviously fictional. Herbie’s fortunes rise and fall increasingly suddenly and sharply throughout the book, culminating in a final sequence in which he bboy wildly risky steps to become camp hero, and his successes are taken away from him at the last minute.

He lived a fairly secular lifestyle in his early 20s before deciding to return to a more traditional Jewish way of life, modeled after that of his grandfather, in his mids. Feb 02, Todd Cannon rated it really liked it. Herbie is quite charming. Think hall monitor or patrols, if you’re American.

Nun, ganz dieser Meinung bin ich nicht.

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