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Being a Boy

Charles Dudley Warner

Book Overview: 

Warner's thoughtful and often humorous memoir of his life as a young farm-boy in Charlemont, Massachusetts.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .st, head and tail drooping, clumsy hoofs kicking up clouds of dust, while the good deacon sat jerking the reins, in an automatic way, and the "womenfolks" patiently saw the dust settle upon their best summer finery. Wagon after wagon went along the sandy road, and when our boy's family started, they became part of a long procession, which sent up a mile of dust and a pungent, if not pious smell of buffalo-robes. There were fiery horses in the trail which had to be held in, for it was neither etiquette nor decent to pass anybody on Sunday. It was a great delight to the farmer-boy to see all this procession of horses, and to exchange sly winks with the other boys, who leaned over the wagon-seats for that purpose. Occasionally a boy rode behind, with his back to the family, and his pantomime was always some thing wonderful to see, and was considered very daring and wicked.

The meeting-house which our boy remembers was a high, square building, without a steeple. Wi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Delightful.

This follows "John", a young farm boy growing up in 19th century New England. The author gives an account of him to portray the adventuresome, curious, imaginative, and sometimes cruel nature in almost every boy. I especially liked reading about the events which display the powers of a young boy'...more

Reminds me of a few boys... One in particular: long winded-matter-factly-innocent-helpful, selectively lazy, and yet very likely to be an honest man.

One wonders what a boy in our present era would include in a book about his boyhood. And if he did manage to have such a book published, would it be of interest to anyone? Relatively few grow up on farms today. Most grow up in cities or suburbs. Even schools in the small towns emphasize skill in...more

Semi-autobiographical story of Charles Dudley Warner's boyhood in 1830s rural Massachusetts.

An interesting look at childhood back then, lots of bits that inspired me to search the internet for further details, "yes! that's how it is!" moments, funny passages... and then, towards the end, it sour...more

This really show how boys think and give a sense of understanding that it is in his true nature to do so .

Periodically, I challenge myself to read a book written decades ago. I do this for several reasons. One, to teach myself to appreciate a different era. Two, to see if I will like a 'new' old author. Three, to compare methods of writing with modern-day authors.

And then there are those funny words...more