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Penrod

Booth Tarkington

Book Overview: 

Join Penrod Schofield and his wistful dog Duke, in a hilarious romp through Indianapolis, chronicling his life and the trouble he gets into.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ouble delight, for he had not only the delicious sensation of rocketing safely up and up into the blue sky, but also that of standing in the crowd below, watching and admiring himself as he dwindled to a speck, disappeared and then, emerging from a cloud, came speeding down, with the baton in his hand, to the level of the treetops, where he beat time for the band and the vast throng and Marjorie Jones, who all united in the "Star-spangled Banner" in honour of his aerial achievements. It was a great moment.

It was a great moment, but something seemed to threaten it. The face of Miss Spence looking up from the crowd grew too vivid—unpleasantly vivid. She was beckoning him and shouting, "Come down, Penrod Schofield! Penrod Schofield, come down here!"

He could hear her above the band and the singing of the multitude; she seemed intent on spoiling everything. Marjorie Jones was weeping to show how sorry she was that she had formerly slighted him, an. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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 co...more

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...more

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...more

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...more

Excruciatingly tedious adventures of an annoying brat.

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...more

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

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 lea...more

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 bo...more

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 simila...more

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