The City Boy [Herman Wouk] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The City Boy by Herman Wouk – book cover, description, publication history. ‘City Boy’ spins a hilarious and often touching tale of an urban kid’s adventures and misadventures on the street, in school, in the countryside.

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In the novel was re-issued, with paperback editions in andand according to Wouk was translated into eleven languages. Antics of school boys in the t This is the kind of book I would recommend to my mother. I can see why one book reminded her of the other.

Nice going- with no profound social significance or jibes at modern mores. Return to Book Page.


That’s the way to live! Aug 29, Mariel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: That book is awesome. I had never heard of it and didn’t expect much, but ended up loving it. Both blessed and cursed with a highly-active imagination, Herbie is also on the verge of adolescenceand the story revolves around his continuing quest to win the heart of douk fickle, red-haired Lucille Glass.

You can’t help it.

By using this site, you agree to cigy Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wouk sees the longing in his eyes and hopes that things will be better for him some day.

Maybe scanning the room for someone to root for, rather than relate to, and there’s Herbie Bookbinder. I went back to it a few weeks ago and decided to give it another try; but still, there were so many things that just didn’t resonate with either the now-me or the then-me that I gave up.

How many of you guys have been in love with the “cute little girl” and done stupid things to impress her?


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The kid has character, however, and not afraid to bend the rules, to take a risk which makes him unpredictable and likable. I felt so bad for Herbie. But this was a completely woul feel of course being about an 11 year old boy. The second half had a really long train wreck not literally that was hard to get through. Like if it hurt too much to fall in love but your days are too long without it and you never stop looking for someone or something else to fill the sharp edges of the bottomless pit.

The City Boy

Wouk has indicated that the chubby Herbie Bookbinder is his favorite character of all that he has created. Okay, so I don’t think it is a good idea to be too hard on Lucille.

There’s no way that’s the end of it. Published May wuok by Back Bay Books first published It is a little whimsical and suitable as a moralistic lesson for earnest teenagers. I doubt Herbie returns next summer.

The plot blurb is ridiculous. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. His first-born son, Abraham Isaac Wouk, died in a wou, accident as a child; Wouk later dedicated War and Remembrance to him with the Biblical words, “He will destroy death forever. The school principal runs the camp, and with not much more compassion than he runs the school. Full of humor, quite delightful, and very safe, with a nice moral at the end.

Cliff [Herbie’s cousin who is nearby] an’ me’ll have more fun without a girl taggin’ along, anyway. I knew once he stole the money it would be downhill from there.

He loses his heart; he achieves passing fame in a school play by creating a General Grant that never was; he competes unsuccessfully with athletic Lennie for popular favor; he suffers a few frustrations at camp. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read her,an agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


No trivia or quizzes yet. I came across this one at a thrift store in Estes Park. He was also the teacher’s pet and can you get worse than that? It’s not easy to find except hernan It’s a timeless coming-of-age tale set in the Bronx in the s. My favorite coming of age novel about a charming 11 year old boy in the Bronx, circa Ein Buch, das am Klappentext als “Klassiker, der sicher irgendwann den Status eines Huckleberry Finn erreich wird” angepriesen wird.

I probably would have hated Herbie if I was one of his class mates. The sharp edge void living stuff.

I read Pilgrim’s Progress and Shakespeare for entertainment in those days. It’s a very funny and very moving book. This is the story of the last half of the school year when Herbie is 11 and the summer that follows it when he goes to a summer camp run by his school’s pricipal. 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” Wouk growing up in a similar situation.

Then he reaches a peak of fame in constructing a slide for the mardigras, only to have it tempered by realization that he has an unpleasant confession to make to his father. It’s not rosy to take a look at this kid and see the hope and the pain stuff.

May 14, E rated it liked it. Just because it is a happy kind of misery read. Be the first to discover new talent!