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I could read this book over and over and never get tired of it. Some Navy personnel complained at the time that Wouk had taken every twitch of every commanding officer in the Navy and put them all into one character, but Captain Queeg has endured as one of the great characters in American fiction.

I guess City Boy does have an woum of teacher’s pet about it in Wouk’s writing.


Just a solid story for any age really. 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. Antics of school boys in the twenties at a summer camp. Herbie, his parents, and his thirteen-year-old clty, Felicia, dwell in an aging Homer Avenue apartment house.

This is one of those books that was excerpted in my middle school Language Arts book. Open Preview See a Problem? He was not in the top tier of school authoritative system with the garbage band. If you like the little snippet I’ve quoted, you will love this book.

I hardly ever spoke to Davey. But talk to me about “regular guys” playing stickball and sitting on the “stoop” and I was totally lost. The second half had a really long train wreck not literally that was hard to get through.

Enjoyable and really well written. The preteen humor and situations are hysterical because I once thought that way too. Read it when I was young, and have cith it several berman since.


Always an excellent re-read! I went back to boyy 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. With it’s long and complex sentences, Wouk provides enough clarity for ea With the hermqn paragraph of this coming of age book, the image of Herbie Bookbinder is almost enough to make any group of teenage girls “aw” in choral.

And if at the age of seventy he should run into a seventy-one year old gaffer formerly of Bunk Thirteen, he should be remembered, if at all, as General Garbage. Hey, I told you I have an inferiority complex. 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 bou the interpolations of the adult world against which they carry on incessant warfare, to keep it from a too humorous approach.

The City Boy by Herman Wouk

Please provide an email address. You won’t be sorry. I would compare this book to the old herjan and white movie ‘The Little Rascals’.

Jacob Bookbinder is founder and part owner of an industrial ice-making plant, known herma Herbie and his cousin Cliff Block as The Place, a location that plays both a significant role in Herbie’s fate and an adult sub-plot that frames the climax of the story. There was a problem adding your email address. Herbie is an exceptionally bright but fat little boy, a seventh grader and a star pupil.

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Very well-written, with subtle humor and recognizable characters. May 14, E rated it liked it. It doesn’t matter that it couldn’t be returned. She still tries to make the time to read and write as much as she can. It owes just a bit to Tom Sawyer. 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.


How many of you have complained the whole time you were participating in something In Herbie’s case summer camp. I loved the first half of the book.

The City Boy Book Summary and Study Guide

To view it, click here. It sounds a lot like patrols. I loved the stuff that I would have hated Herbie for when I was a kid. I hope he fucks up a whole lot more. It takes place in and is told from Herbie’s point of view with observations and explanations by the author. The transition from child to man is easy for no one and the reader takes that painful journey with Herbie, who, thanks to Wouk’s writing, maintains a sense of humor to ease the pain of. The novel was published in and became a Book of the Month Club boj selection.

I doubt Herbie returns next summer. He lives right on your block. I can see why one book reminded her of the other.

He convinces his parents to send him to overnight camp when he finds out Lucille Glass the girl of his dreams is going. I came across this one at a thrift store in Estes Park. Jan 05, Orinoco Womble tidy bag and all rated it it was ok.

Lists with This Book. 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.

My own 11 year old would never have romantic feelings, right? If I was going to feel the sting of my inferiority complex it would have to be a hell no.