By Herman Wouk
'City Boy' spins a hilarious and sometimes touching story of an city child's adventures and misadventures in the street, at school, within the nation-state, continually in pursuit of Lucille, a heartless redhead personifying the entire women who torment and fascinate pubescent lads of 11.
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He reached for a notebook. “Lives here on Homer Avenue, two blocks down. A tall boy, twelve or so. ” “Of course. Lennie. I'm glad you mentioned that,” said the principal, dropping his voice to a confidential tone. “I have a question to ask you. Do you feel—I must ask your honest opinion—that Lennie Krieger is the type I have described to you as a Manitou camper? ” Mr. ” The principal unscrewed his fountain pen and made a careful note in his book, saying, “Thank you. ” And he privately decided to call next evening upon the parents of the boy, of whose existence he had not been aware until a few minutes ago.
Once outside, he stopped, assumed a dignified air, and pinned around his right arm a yellow strip of flannel decorated with three silver stars. He then sauntered along the deserted corridor to the boys' staircase. An ordinary lad at this hour was required by law to go without delay to the lunchroom or playground, under pain of receiving a purple slip for loitering. But Herbert could choose, in all the huge building, a private place for his noonday meal. Herbert, you see, was one of those privileged beings of the school world, a head monitor.
Herbie stopped and leaned against the piano, looking unhappy. But his fears were needless. Mr. Gauss launched into his “sales talk” without ever mentioning the boy's call at his office. Once or twice he nodded at Herbie with the cunning geniality of a fellow-plotter; that was all. He expanded on a double-barreled theme: the delights of Camp Manitou and the peculiar worthiness of the Bookbinder children. The boy was grateful to the schoolmaster for keeping mum, but he was also struck by his readiness to bypass the truth—a horrid sin, according to Mr.
City Boy by Herman Wouk