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Penrod (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

By Booth Tarkington & Jonathan Yardley (Introduction by)
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Pages   199
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
ISBN  0143104853  
EAN  9780143104858  


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Item Description...
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Chronicles the timeless adventures of a young boy, his friends, and his dog in Indianapolis at the turn of the twentieth century, from an appearance on stage as the "Child Sir Lancelot" to his mischievous exploits at school and on the playground. Reprint.

Publishers Description
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 century. His friends and his dog accompany him on his many jaunts, from the stage as A"the Child Sir Lancelot,A" to the playground, to school. They make names for themselves as A"bad boysA" 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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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Booth Tarkington (1869-1946), a prolific writer who achieved overnight success with his first novel, The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), is perhaps best remembered as the author of the popular Penrod adventures and Seventeen (1916). He was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize for the novel Alice Adams (1921).

Booth Tarkington was born in 1869 and died in 1946.

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Good Book--Unfortunately Derogatory to the American Negro  Feb 7, 2010
"Penrod" is supposed to be the best of the trilogy. It is a good book, which I obtained from my local library in Maryland.

I cringed when Penrod acted so violently because he was called a gentlemen. I wonder whether Penrod was emotionally disturbed or was he merely troubled by the tribulations of youth.

I also cringed because the author made derogatory remarks, not just terms, about American Negroes. Booth Tarkington explicitly stated that coloured people were lazy. That bothered me the most.

 
Do NOT purchase this version of the book!!!!!!  Jan 22, 2010
This printing is an outrage! From the first page, you see that the pages of this book are missing large parts of many sentences. And it is not like you can guess at the missing words - no one could. It is ridiculous!!!! The version I got is the sand colored one with Bold face PENROD in black at the top.
 
A mster of comedy  Oct 16, 2009
I read "Penrod" countless times as a boy, and still have my original copy, which I opened again today. I was amazed at how well-written it is, and how funny. This is a real novel, not a "children's book," and Tarkington earns full comparison with the somewhat later P. G. Wodehouse, whose style and word mastery resembles him. You may find yourself surprised. A great American book.
 
But don't call him a little gentleman!  Jun 28, 2009
I'm going to add to the chorus of rave reviews for this old gem, which had me laughing out loud at the antics of Penrod Schofield. Voted "Worst Boy in Town", Penrod doesn't purposely go around looking for trouble, it just happens, ya know. Read this book and go back to an innocent time where you dip girls' pigtails into ink pots, put on a show in the barn out back, and scandalize society by doing the Turkey Trot.

I would like to recommend the book to younger readers, but as other reviewers have mentioned, what was perfectly normal back at the turn of the 20th century is considered politically incorrect concerning non-Caucasian characters. I leave it up to the individual to decide whether or not they would allow their kids to read Penrod.
 
Screamingly funny and wise to boot  Jan 7, 2009
I've been reading the three Penrod books at odd intervals for at least 55 years and still find them screamingly funny after many rereadings. Over the years I've become more accepting of the views and positions of the characters other than Penrod and Sam (e.g. Penrod's parents and older sister, Sam's older brother, Marjorie Jones, Maurice Levy, and even Penrod's little dog Duke) but this maturity of viewpoint adds to the overall pleasure of the books and does not detract at all from the sidesplitting comic effects evoked by the combination of Penrod's scrapes and Booth Tarkington's deadpan (and sometimes mock-heroic) narrative descibing these scrapes. The story of "The Great Tar Fight" rivals the chapter on the last day of school in "Tom Sawyer" for sheer sustained humor.
I would like to mention in passing that in three of the four best American books about boyhood ("Tom Sawyer", "Penrod", "The City Boy" (by Herman Wouk) and "Huckleberry Finn") the protagonists of the first three each have a strong crush on a particular girl. Since Tom, Penrod and Herbie are all eleven years old in their respective books, we see a certain flouting of the "no girls allowed", all-male clubhouse attitude usually depicted as typical of boys of that age.
 

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