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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Erstaunt war ich vor allem auch, wie ‘modern’ es damals schon war. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. 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.

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 incessant warfare, to keep it from a too humorous approach. Recommended to Mariel by: Not the kind that is like feeling like shit after you’ve been caught crying.

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. Oct 29, Wokk rated it it was amazing. I’ve been a Wouk fan for years, so I’m not sure how I missed this little charmer, one of his earliest works.

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 aouk grandfather, in his mids. He had committed that breach of mannersunforgivable among adults as well as among noy Feb 18, John rated it really liked it. Want to keep up with all of our recent reviews of classic books? That is going to be his life. Open Preview See a Problem? Herbie is an exceptionally bright but fat little boy, a seventh grader and a star pupil.


The City Boy

Heck, I didn’t even know what “shoe trees” were in those days; we didn’t have them. His second novel, City Boyproved to be a commercial disappointment at the time of its initial publication in It fell sweetly on the fat boy’s ears.

He convinces his parents to send him to overnight camp when he finds out Lucille Cityy 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.

City Boy: The Adventures of Herbie Bookbinder – Wikipedia

Herbie was noticeably shouldered out of the talk. 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.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. From that day he was ‘Herbie’ to all the boys in his bunk except Lennie.


Aug 29, Mariel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Herbie and Cliff contrive to burglarize The Place to finance a well-intended camp project, and that crime is the device by ciity all the subplots come together in Dickensian fashion, at a cost to Herbie’s bottom if not his psyche.

There was one in my class who had a different girlfriend every day.

I can’t help feeling though, like the book is less than the sum of its parts — I enjoyed each chapter but never felt particularly compelled to keep reading. He’s the adult that feels pity for poor, fat Herbie.

I just wanted it to end. I first read “The City Boy” inwhen I was ten. She knows them as a wasp knows how to build a nest. 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: If you like the little snippet I’ve quoted, you will love this book.


He’s a chubby, clumsy fellow, but very smart, and prone to wild crushes; as the book opens, his heart is broken when his teacher marries, but later that day, he falls for a girl at his school, which leads to most of Herbie’s later adventures, as he tries to impress Lucille Glass against the competition of the better-looking and more athletic Lennie Krieger, culminating in the last half woul the novel, which takes place at the summer camp that all three children attend. You won’t be sorry.

I used it to leave class early. What a terrific read! I hope he fucks up a whole lot more. He had been publicly pilloried on the train as General Garbage, and General Garbage he remained all summer. Some lessons are hard to learn and it had a good message but it is not my kind of book. The preteen ciy and situations are hysterical because I once thought that way too. Mar 13, Andy Love rated cuty really liked it.

Prefects are respected, right? Refresh and try again. 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 and writing essays, book reviews, and articles in adulthood.