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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The world must work for the pursuit of happiness. No trivia or quizzes yet. Cliff [Herbie’s cousin who is nearby] an’ me’ll have more fun without a girl taggin’ along, anyway. You aren’t embarrassed because someone saw empathy and I don’t know hegman color that is but it probably isn’t rosy.

No Mary-Sues so fantasy was out.

City Boy by Herman Wouk

Prefects are respected, right? The big difference, though, is that most authors in this genre are hacks, while Herman Wouk is a great writer.

Short, smart, and overweight, Herbie has a lively imagination; he would rather be reading than playing ball games. Trivia About City Boy. There are lots of parts where I giggled or chuckled.

The result was a publisher’s contract sent to Wouk’s ship, then off the coast of Okinawa. Preview — City Boy by Herman Wouk. This is one of those books that was excerpted in my middle school Language Arts book.


A lonesome, quiet situation, you might say, yet he had plenty of company. I just wanted it to end. Maybe a sweet pain kind of comfort read like Blue Castle or ‘Oscar’. Jul 16, Al rated it it was amazing Shelves: The good kind of pity! Nice going- with no profound social significance or jibes at modern mores.


In the novel was re-issued, with paperback editions in andand according to Wouk was translated into eleven languages. Wouk has indicated that the chubby Herbie Bookbinder is his favorite character of all that he has created.

Misery sat at the fat boy’s right hand, and Shame at the left; and they made the morning mighty lively for Herbie between them. This story is labeled as a novel. They are a delight to read and ponder.

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. How many of you remember childhood superstitions and rituals? Very well-written, with subtle humor and recognizable characters.

His second novel, City Boyproved to be a commercial disappointment at the time of its initial publication in That is not a reflection on the book, but like A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the Ryeit just voy appeal; not now, and not then. If I was going to feel the sting of my inferiority complex it would have to be a hell no. Herbie missed qouk fireworksbut he never regretted them.

Reminded me of all the pleasures of being a kid again. I felt so bad for Herbie.


The City Boy

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I hope he fucks up a whole lot more. Views Read Edit View history. A chubby, wok boy who detests everything about female kind finds love in a red-head named Lucille and spends the rest of the book running through his thoughts and problems in his young adolescent life.

I personally quite enjoyed this book from the very beginning. 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 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 owuk I could read the whole book.

It is a little whimsical and suitable as a moralistic lesson for earnest teenagers. My own 11 year old would never have romantic feelings, right? You won’t be sorry. Aug 29, Mariel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: