Penrod

  • Title: Penrod
  • Author: Booth Tarkington Jonathan Yardley
  • ISBN: 9780143104858
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • Penrod A timeless novel in the spirited tradition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn One of the most popular American authors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Pulitzer
    A timeless novel in the spirited tradition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn One of the most popular American authors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Pulitzer Prize winner Booth Tarkington was acclaimed for his novels set in small Midwestern towns Penrod tells of a boy growing up in Indianapolis at the turn of the twentieth centuryA timeless novel in the spirited tradition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn One of the most popular American authors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Pulitzer Prize winner Booth Tarkington was acclaimed for his novels set in small Midwestern towns Penrod tells of a boy growing up in Indianapolis at the turn of the twentieth century His friends and his dog accompany him on his many jaunts, from the stage as the Child Sir Lancelot, to the playground, to school They make names for themselves as bad boys who always have the most fun Nearly a century after it was first published to incredible popularity and acclaim, Penrod remains wildly funny and entertaining to adults and children alike.

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    About Booth Tarkington Jonathan Yardley


    1. Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams.


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    1. This is the last title in my Stags Of The Stag Cook Book Reading List. I've never read anything by Booth Tarkington, although I'm familiar with the name and his literary reputation. I thought this book would be an interesting introduction to Tarkington's work, but I think my timing was off. I am preparing for another trip north, and I could not get myself mentally involved in this story about young Penrod Schofield and his life in the Midwest of the early 1900's.I tried. I staggered along throug [...]

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    2. Excruciatingly tedious adventures of an annoying brat.

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    3. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. The only way to do it justice is by quoting it:After Penrod (the 11 year old hero of the story) blurts out something he might have kept to himself:Nothing is more treacherous than the human mind; nothing else so loves to play the Iscariot. Even when patiently bullied into a semblance of order and training, it may prove but a base and shifty servant. And Penrod's mind was not his servant; it was a master, with the April wind's whims; and it had [...]

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    4. Parts of this book are very funny, others somewhat dated, but an enjoyable read overall.

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    5. A fun set of anecdotes about 11-year-old Penrod Schofield, growing up and getting into mischief in early 20th century Midwestern America. Reminded me a bit of Tom Sawyer but in a more suburban setting. I loved his birthday visit to Aunt Sarah:"Boys are just people, really. they haven't learned to cover themselves all over with little pretences. When Penrod grows up he'll be just the same as he is now, except that whenever he does what he wants to do he'll tell himself and other people a little [...]

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    6. penrod is an amusing book. it's not laugh-out-loud funny but the misadventures of this inscrutable and bad boy are captivating, and knowing, and made me smile. tarkington lets us into the hallowed halls of an adolescent male mind which is itching for experiences, and wily in its meeting of any consequence that these experiences might bring. penrod schofield, as the epitome of boys, an untroubled huck, breathes life into the archetypal boyhood. he is good at getting into scrapes whether they are [...]

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    7. Amusing stories of a mischievous 11-12 year old boy in the Midwest at the turn of the century, somewhere between Tom Sawyer and the Little Rascals. The vocabulary and complexity of sentence construction, as well as literary allusions are far beyond what today's children literature. I read this book many years ago, when I was 12. In this reading I noticed the racist descriptions of the black children. I can't but help wondering what this does to children reading the stories. I don't remember thes [...]

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    8. The credit for the “Our Gang” (a.k.a. “Little Rascals” isn’t given to Booth Tarkington’s “Penrod”, but one has to wonder if it should be. The movies started in 1922, while “Penrod” was published just 8 years earlier in 1914. There is a collection of characters in “Penrod” which is somewhat similar as well, and the comparison works much better for me than attempts to compare “Penrod” with “Huckleberry Finn”, Wodehouse’s school stories, or even “Tom Brown’s Ed [...]

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    9. This is another of those books my dad said he read as a kid. Penrod is an 11-year old boy, living in the midwest a hundred years ago. He has the kinds of adventures, one presumes, that boys had back then. I expect much of it will be foreign to today's video-game boys, but us geezers who remember Eisenhower, and whose fathers were more-or-less contemporaries of Penrod, can feel some vague sense of familiarity. Whatever, it was a fun read. I may well look into snagging the second Penrod book, Penr [...]

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    10. Simply delightful book of misadventures undertaken by an eleven-year-old boy.I chuckled my way through this one, all the while being very thankful that Penrod was not my son.Oh, pity the poor parents of this rascally "little gentleman"!

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    11. PENROD. (1914). Booth Tarkington. ***. Tarkington (1869-1946) was a very popular writer at the beginning of the 20th century. He was from Indianapolis (along with Kurt Vonnegut) and was one of only three writers to win the Pulitzer Prize twice (The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams). This is only the second of his books I’ve read – years ago I read “Monsieur Beaucaire” (sp?) and found it delightful. In this novel, which is really a collection of comic episodes, we meet the principal [...]

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    12. I love these Penrod stories. Hilarious renditions of good old fashioned BOY stuff. Little boys are tops. But the cheerful, in your face, offensive racism is a huge problem. One can (sort of) accept that Tarkington is a product of his times; I guess not worthwhile to lampoon him for his unconscious prejudices. But I bought these to build to the library of classic books for my boys to read, in due course. Can't see giving them this at the age for which it's intended. Maybe much later, when they ar [...]

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    13. I've tried two Booth Tarkington books this one and The Magnificent Ambersons both of which I just can't the hang of his writing style. I spend far too much time trying to understand the sentence structure and the vocabulary of that era. I'm quite disappointed as both books have been highly recommended.

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    14. reviewstaphorosisA young boy gets into trouble after trouble with his friends while his faithful dog follows along.I've read a few of Booth Tarkington's works before, and enjoyed them in a casual way. Penrod didn't work as well for me, primarily for two reasons - it very much feels like an only mildly successful clone of Tom Sawyer, and it's too full of casual racism to ignore.Penrod came quite a bit later than Twain's work, and it doesn't have the same complexity and depth - it's a light-hearte [...]

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    15. Dated and shall we say far from universal, but very funny and true to boyhood. Penrod is hopelessly middle-class middle America, unlike say Huck or even Tom. This book is one of three; start with it and go on if you like to the other two -- Penrod and Sam: Illustrated and PENROD JASHBER (Illustrated)The most famous chapter is "The Great Tar Fight, " often anthologized.Warning: affectionate but grossly condescending and inappropriate minstrel-show type characterizations of African-Americans that [...]

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    16. I'm surprised this book isn't read by more people. A close friend recommended Penrod to me, and it's one of the best recs I ever got. Penrod is a kid who has no shame. He's hilarious. He does as he pleases, no matter the consequences. I've spent hours of enjoyment in his and Tarkington's fictional company. The one thing that is off-punting is Tarkington's attitudes toward race. The reader in 2014 has a difficult time with such backward views (this reader did anyway). But I still read Twain and s [...]

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    17. Some books are timeless. Unfortunately, this one is not. Hoping to find an author from the past with Midwest ties, ala Jean Shepherd, I was looking forwrd to reading this book which was recommended by Roger Ebert. Instead I was offended and couldn't get beyond the harsh racial references. Definitely not recommended.

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    18. Booth Tarkington has an interesting personal history and a refined sense of humor, but the references & jokes he makes at the expense of African Americans tells us, the man didn't have as much of a heart for the history & suffering of all races in American up to the time he wrote this book in 1913.

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    19. Do you want to understand how a little boy really thinks? I laughed so hard reading this book, especially the part about Sherman and Vermin. Just a warning, it is not on the politically correct side of life.

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    20. good book-made me realize how books are pitched now versus then-then we were expected to be intelligent with good vocabularies and some knowledge of literature and the greeks; now books are for the "people Magazine" reader-no depth but all thrills. This book is fun and smart.

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    21. Torn between laughing at the humor and saddened at the prejudices portrayed. Good story of a young boy and his adventures.

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    22. Penrod was a very naughty little boy. :) I would rate this book along with Cheaper by the Dozen, Mama's Bank Account, and other good family life stories.

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    23. Tom Sawyer, early 20th century style.

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    24. Penrod is a coming of age book. Since it was written in 1914 some words were difficult to understand so I had to use a dictionary for definition. Penrod is a very quirky kid who doesn't want to be a gentleman and his story is very lively. I laughed hardest when Penrod and his friends take on the Bully. The three white boys are watching these two black boys ripping through the Bully's who turns out isn't so big as they thought. The description of the fight and skirmish is so funny. Penrod is swee [...]

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    25. This is more of a coming of age book than 'The Catcher in the Rye' ever was. I picked it up after reading Tarkington's another book (The Magnificent Ambersons). Early 20th century writing, early 20th century American setting. We can clearly see how information used to spread during those times, when not everyone was "connected to the world" all the time! Though this is supposed to be a humourous book, I feel there is a lot to take away from this. Ego, behaviours, relationships, family issues and [...]

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    26. This struck me as I was reading as the male version of the L. M. Montgomery books I loved so much in my youth, and in similar fashion, I found myself laughing at the antics of the young protagonist. I found him that much more relatable and amusing because I have a small son, whose mind I can see working in similar ways to that of Penrod. This really was an enjoyable read.

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    27. 4.5 stars - Hilarious adventures of "the worst child of the neighborhood". This is the kid that taught Dennis the Menace all of his tricks. This book has so many funny parts and is really well written

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    28. A ClassicA wonderful tale of a mischievous boy and his dog and their adventures together and with the other neighborhood children. The spelling of the words in their idioms added so much to the story.

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    29. PernodA truly enjoyable story of a young boy and his growing up escapades. A book that will make you smile.

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    30. Good but rather predictable

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