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Quite aside from the fact that Clty never met a “real live” Jewish person until I went to college. It’s not rosy to take a look at this kid and see the hope and the pain stuff.

Want to Read saving…. This is one of those books that was excerpted in my middle school Language Arts book. How many of you have complained the whole time you were noy in something In Herbie’s case summer camp.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s a funny, coming-of-age story about an overweight Jewish boy going to summer camp and trying to win a girl’s heart.

The plot blurb is ridiculous. Oct 30, Katherine rated it it was amazing. Maybe scanning the room for herma to root for, rather than relate to, and there’s Herbie Bookbinder. Wouk is still alive as of March and living in California.

Always an excellent re-read! It doesn’t matter that it couldn’t be returned. Herbie, his parents, and his thirteen-year-old sister, Felicia, dwell in an aging Homer Avenue apartment house.

That, I think, is why his story is so engaging and so enjoyable. He’s a chubby, clumsy fellow, but very smart, and hermah 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 boyy to mos I read an excerpt of this book back in the s in a 7th grade English anthology; late last year I finally made the effort to find out the title and author, so that early this year I hermam read the whole book.


Rather, they are completely realistic, and all the more enjoyable for that reason. Jun 14, Felix rated it it was amazing. 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. Maybe he’s looking at us for something to relate to.

The confession ultimately saves his father’s plant- and the finale, despite punishment, is more than Herbie had hoped. Jacob Bookbinder is founder and part owner of an industrial ice-making plant, known to 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.

It takes place in and is told from Herbie’s point of view with obser I can’t remember exactly how I came upon this book but I was surfing around on the internet about a week ago and discovered it. It sounds a lot like patrols. Dennoch bin ich froh dass ich dieses Buch aufgrund seines nicht so sehr ansprechenden Einbandes und des Alters nicht ungelesen ausgemustert habe.


I would compare this book to the old black and white movie ‘The Little Rascals’. But Herbie was placed in the class of a surly brute with the simple word, and was silenced. Recently my son put me onto City Boy and, seeing it had been written early in Wouk’s writing career, I thought to give it a try.

CITY BOY by Herman Wouk | Kirkus Reviews

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. While this is the basic plot, the story is one of almost every young teen. Wouk has a way of describing the life events of children that really rings true with wit and humor.

Two and a half stars. The result was a publisher’s contract sent to Wouk’s ship, then off the coast of Okinawa. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The use of alliteration in this book is a constant, as seen in one of my favorite sentences “Bulldog, Bulldog” was duly sung in draggy discords. To view it, click here.