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City Boy by Herman Wouk
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City Boy (original 1948; edition 1992)

by Herman Wouk

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An "enormously entertaining" portrait of "a Bronx Tom Sawyer" (San Francisco Chronicle), City Boy is a sharp and moving novel of boyhood from Pulitzer Prize winner Herman Wouk. A hilarious and often touching tale of an urban kid's adventures and misadventures on the street, in school, in the countryside, always in pursuit of Lucille, a heartless redhead personifying all the girls who torment and fascinate pubescent lads of eleven.… (more)
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Title:City Boy
Authors:Herman Wouk
Info:Back Bay Books (1992), Paperback, 336 pages
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  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
charming little ride....tales of coming of age in the East Bronx....and at summer camp in the Berkshires in the 1920's...of a bright, lazy, somewhat overweight 11-year-old boy trying to find his way in a world that focuses mostly on bluff, swagger and athletic prowess....none of which he currently possesses. Very honest accurate representation of how it feels at that age to not fit in....(coming from one who still lacks athletic prowess!). Fun up and down adventure of small victories and subsequent crises that always seemed to follow. Charming without being silly...we see him begin to encounter the mysteries of the opposite sex, notice his parent's humanity, and find his moral center in an often unmoral world. It felt very real. Enjoyed very much. ( )
  jeffome | Feb 5, 2021 |
Someone described this as the 1920s Tom Sawyer with a young Jewish boy from Bronx as the protagonist. That's exactly what it is. Yet while Herbie Bookbinder is closer in time to Tom Sawyer than to today's youth (or even my youth), he is a fully modern character. I laughed at loud at times, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Is it great lit? Probably not, perhaps too derivative. But the characters are thoroughly enjoyable and Wouk tells a great story. ( )
  ckadams5 | Jun 19, 2019 |
Someone described this as the 1920s Tom Sawyer with a young Jewish boy from Bronx as the protagonist. That's exactly what it is. Yet while Herbie Bookbinder is closer in time to Tom Sawyer than to today's youth (or even my youth), he is a fully modern character. I laughed at loud at times, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Is it great lit? Probably not, perhaps too derivative. But the characters are thoroughly enjoyable and Wouk tells a great story. ( )
  ckadams5 | Jun 19, 2019 |
Wouk described this early book as inspired by Huckleberry Finn, and it is in a strange way a transference of Huck 'n Tom to Brooklyn in the thirties...really enjoyed this story of a chubby Jewish kid and his city and summer camp adventures... ( )
  jimnicol | Feb 21, 2017 |
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An "enormously entertaining" portrait of "a Bronx Tom Sawyer" (San Francisco Chronicle), City Boy is a sharp and moving novel of boyhood from Pulitzer Prize winner Herman Wouk. A hilarious and often touching tale of an urban kid's adventures and misadventures on the street, in school, in the countryside, always in pursuit of Lucille, a heartless redhead personifying all the girls who torment and fascinate pubescent lads of eleven.

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