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Gentle Julia

Booth Tarkington

Book Overview: 

Penrod for girls in the form of Florence, the bratty younger cousin of luminous Julia Atwater, enlivens this romantic comedy set in Tarkington's Indiana of the early 20th Century.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .; and this shows as nothing else could the meekness[Pg 72] and tact of the Dills; for, excluding bad cooks and the dangerously insane, the persons most disturbing to the serenity of households are young lovers. But the world has had to accommodate itself to them because young lovers cannot possibly accommodate themselves to the world. For the young lover there is no general life of the species; for him the universe is a delicate blush under a single bonnet. He has but an irritated perception of every vital thing in nature except the vital thing under this bonnet; all else is trivial intrusion. But whatever does concern the centrifugal bonnet, whatever concerns it in the remotest—ah, then he springs to life! So Noble Dill sat through a Sunday dinner at home, seemingly drugged to a torpor, while the family talk went on about him; but when his father, in the course of some remarks upon politics, happened to mention the name of the county-treasurer, Charles J. Patt. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I’ve never hated a 13 year old character as much as I hated Florence, and her aunt “Not gentle Julia” is even worse. In fact, I didn’t like any character in this book, except Katie Silver, she’s the best written character in this book. But I liked Tarkington’s sense of humor, whether it’s about chil

Booth Tarkington's Gentle Julia is a light, dare I say gentle, comedic novel. I could easily envision the book adapted into a Will Rogers-type Americana movie. There are lots of parts for colorful character actors, plus some real gems for Our Gang kids. In fact, even though their Aunt Julia is the t

I enjoyed this book right up to the ending, which was rather silly and kind of a let-down. I enjoyed the old-fashioned nature of the book and the hijinks Florence and Herbert got up to, as well as Julia's indecisiveness. It's fun to read a clean book-although it had some rather un pc parts due to it

It was all right. It didn't end the way I thought it would, and I thought the title was misleading. But nonetheless, I love books from this period, and I love Booth Tarkington.

Humorous story with insights to the culture of the 1920s era.

James Thurber, I read, advised his daughter to read this book. I don't know how old she was then. Liking Thurber and Tarkington, I tracked it down. The library's edition was published in 1920 or so, still going strong. Tarkington was a talented writer, immensely popular in his heyday but now largely

Booth Tarkington must have been a very versatile writer. Not only did he win two of the first four Pulitzer Prizes ever awarded, but he did so with two very different novels -- The Magnificent Ambersons (the second book of his Growth Trilogy, about the effect of industrialization in the American Mid

I don't read a lot of American humour, but this book was hilarious. Florence behaves a little young for a 13-year-old, but she's an unforgettable character - an imaginative blunderbuss of a little girl who takes a sudden shine to her pretty Aunt Julia's most hapless, helpless suitor (named, of you c

engaging and humorous tale in the tradition of Mark Twain.

Excluding bad cooks and the dangerously insane, the persons most disturbing to the serenity of households are young lovers.

Julia Atwater is the belle of her town, with dozens of smitten suitors haunting her front porch and showering her with candy, pet animals and poems of their own manufacture.

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