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Enjoyable and really well written.

Herbie Bookbinder’s Bronx: Revisiting Herman Wouk’s CITY BOY – Fig Tree Books

I liked City Boy, although the romance of the 11 year old owuk was obviously fictional. Teachers set themselves up to be wondrous wise—yet to this day it has not occurred to one of them that ‘ outfielder ‘ is a dactyl.

The kid has character, however, and not afraid to bend the rule City Boy was fun to read and quite a departure from the war-focused herrman I have read by Wouk. 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: This was a good book.

I can see why one book reminded her bou the other.


With the first 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. The result was a publisher’s contract sent to Wouk’s ship, then off the coast of Okinawa.

Herbie Bookbinder is a fat adolescent, a loser by today’s standards and he knows it. Although a poor athlete, Herbie yearns to be a “regular guy” among his schoolboy peers and constantly struggles against the consequences of his own quick wit and natural clumsiness with his rival, Lennie Krieger, the son of the business partner of Herbie’s father, Jacob Bookbinder.


It’s not rosy to take a look at this kid and see the hope and the pain stuff. A nice little read. Just because it is a happy kind of misery read. This is one of those books that was excerpted in my middle school Language Arts book. Oct 29, Liz rated it it was amazing.

A lot of talking out of and figuring out what works by trying it out. Nov 29, Shane C rated it it was amazing. Recommended to Mariel by: The second half of the novel skewers the summer camp scene of the s even as it sets up a succession of abject failures and spectacular successes for Herbie.

That book is awesome. It owes just a bit to Tom Sawyer.

Said LA book was produced in NYC, of course, and was heavy on extracts from books about NYC or written by those enamoured of it–which meant that as a preteen in a small rural community in the Midwest, I didn’t catch a heman of the references or vocabulary.

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With his cousin Cliff he manages a modicum of trouble for himself and a maximum for others. It’s a very funny and very moving book.

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City Boy by Herman Wouk

Feb 02, Todd Cannon rated it really liked it. I’ve been a Wouk fan for years, so I’m not sure how I missed this little charmer, one of his earliest works. The confession ultimately saves his father’s plant- and the finale, despite punishment, is more than Herbie had hoped.


Also, fat boys who fall in love a lot and live in the Bronx.

His first-born son, Abraham Isaac Wouk, died in a tragic accident as a child; Wouk later dedicated War and Remembrance to him with the Biblical words, “He will destroy death forever. My favorite coming of age novel about a charming 11 year old jerman in the Bronx, circa Heck, I didn’t even know what “shoe trees” were in those days; we didn’t have them.

The City Boy

It’d be easy to squint and picture an adult Herbie I’d hate. So much for the freedom. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. With it’s long and complex sentences, Wouk provides enough clarity for ea With the first 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.

She still tries to make the time to read and write as much as she can. He lived a fairly secular lifestyle in his early 20s before deciding to return to a more traditional Jewish way of life, modeled after that of his grandfather, in his mids.