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Ein Buch, das am Klappentext als “Klassiker, der sicher irgendwann den Status eines Huckleberry Finn erreich wird” angepriesen wird. 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.

Herbie and Cliff contrive to burglarize The Place to finance a well-intended camp project, and that crime is the wouj by which all the subplots come together in Dickensian fashion, at a cost to Herbie’s bottom if not his psyche.

First impressions are hard to change. I loved this little book.

My UK school knowledge is all due to Harry Potter. The story of eleven year old Herbie Bookbinder, his infatuation with red-headed Lucille Glass, and his first experience at a questionably-run summer camp in the Berkshires where he learns much about the adult citt around him. Trivia About City Boy.

He has a stern, silent father, and a soft, loving mother who do their best to raise him and his sister. This is my favorite kind of book! The preteen humor and situations are hysterical because I once thought that way too. Herman Wouk Share This: It’s my kind of comfort read is what it is.

This is one of those books that was excerpted in my middle school Language Arts book. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Published May 15th by Back Bay Books first published Sep 29, Karen rated it liked it. I used it to leave class early.


Like The Caine Mutinythe novel is semi-autobiographical in setting and situations, if not protagonist. Not sure what this says about me but this is my favorite book of all time.

The City Boy

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The City Boy by Herman Wouk

Although, I never lived in a big city like New York and I never went to summer camp I was able to relate to Herbie and his adventures and experiences. It’s great to see it from that place instead of seeing the swotty fat boy who hedman rich parents with a high priced lawyer. The novel first follows Herbert Bookbinder through the final days of school at New York Public School 50, and then through a summer spent at Camp Manitou, a summer camp in the Berkshire Mountains operated by his school’s principal.

I hardly ever spoke to Davey. He lived a fairly secular lifestyle in his early 20s before deciding to return to a more hermwn Jewish way of life, modeled after that of his grandfather, ciyy his mids. Because of this grounding in reality, Herbie’s heroics aren’t really reliant on deus ex machinae, astounding coincidences, or the like.

They are together inside the top of the Statue of Liberty and Davey, a handsome neighborhood friend of Lucille’s, has just strode by and conversed briefly with Lucille, to the discomfiture of Herbie: It’s going to be lots and lots of that!

Wouk has a way of describing the life events of children that really rings true with wit wuok humor. What a terrific read!


The City Boy Book Summary and Study Guide

A chubby, broken-hearted boy who detests everything about female kind finds love in wkuk red-head named Lucille and spends the rest of the book running through his thoughts and problems in his young adolescent life.

While this is the basic plot, the story is one of almost every young teen. Want to keep up with all of our recent reviews of classic books? I have re-read it many times since, and have yet to tire of it. Herbie missed the fireworksbut he never regretted them. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. He was not seen again that merry morning, for he spent it lying on a flat rock near the shore, hidden by thunderbrush.

It became the film Her First Romancewith the character of Herbie Bookbinder changed into a non-Jewish teenaged girl played by Margaret O’Brien with a brother named “Herbie”but the plot elements hsrman remained douk same. Herbie, his parents, and his thirteen-year-old sister, Felicia, dwell in an aging Homer Avenue apartment house.

There was one in my class who had a different girlfriend every day. We are in Herbie’s place. The big difference, though, is that most authors in this genre are hacks, while Herman Wouk is a great writer. I never wanted to attend summer camp and glad I didn’t. He married Betty Sarah Brown inwith whom he had three sons: 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. To view it, click here.