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My grandparents could have read it in their youth they probably didn’t.

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. Although 67 years have passed since City Boy was published, adults and youth hermqn will find it easy to relate to Herbie Bookbinder and his entertaining story. It’s not like there weren’t boys doing the same thing.

Jun 14, Felix rated it it was amazing. It’s a funny, coming-of-age story woku an overweight Jewish boy going to summer camp and trying to win a girl’s heart. I guess City Boy does have an air of teacher’s pet about it in Wouk’s writing.

A big packing case would have done as well. Gauss, the principal of P. I feel like I’m in a young person’s world and not as the adult or the kid. He used it for freedom in the halls. This is one of those books that was excerpted in my middle school Language Arts book. I liked City Boy, although the romance of the 11 year old boy was obviously fictional. He goes to summer camp and he gets in a lot of trouble. Wouk sees the longing in his eyes and hopes that things will be better for him some day.


City Boy: The Adventures of Herbie Bookbinder – Wikipedia

The result was a publisher’s contract sent to Wouk’s ship, then off the coast of Okinawa. While this is the basic plot, the story is one of almost every young teen. It’s funny that the counselors are called “aunt” and “uncle. I went back to it 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. 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 world around him.

Because of this grounding in reality, Herbie’s heroics aren’t really reliant on deus ex machinae, astounding coincidences, or the like. With his cousin Cliff citu manages a modicum of trouble for himself and a maximum for others.

It reminded me of Tom Sawyer. He couldn’t really bully anyone with his position and tried to do it anyway.

Herbie missed the fireworksbut he never regretted them. Herbie, his parents, and his thirteen-year-old sister, Felicia, dwell in an aging Homer Avenue apartment house. It takes place in and is wojk from Herbie’s point of view with observations and explanations by the author. Trivia About City Boy.

City Boy by Herman Wouk

To view it, click here. Some have compared it to Tom Sawyer and I see the comparison. Souk 30, Katherine rated it it was amazing. He’s the adult that feels pity for poor, fat Herbie. He was also the teacher’s pet and can you get worse than that?


The Adventures of Herbie Bookbinder. I have re-read it many times since, and have yet to tire of it. It’s citty kind of comfort read is what it is. It doesn’t matter that it couldn’t be returned. But we already know life sucks! She knows them as a wasp knows how to build a nest. They found the tomb a romantic wonderful place, not because it was artistic but because it was private. City Boy by Herman Wouk. I was a patrol as a last pick for the last term of heerman school year.

He has a stern, silent father, and a soft, loving mother who do their best to raise him and his sister.

The City Boy Book Summary and Study Guide

Refresh and try again. Luckily, Herbie has one trustworthy best friend: I first read “The City Boy” inwhen I was ten. City Boy First edition. They are a delight to read and ponder.

Wouk sent a copy of the opening chapters to Irwin Edman who quoted a few pages verbatim to a New Hernan editor. But this was a completely different feel of course being about an 11 year old boy.