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Book Title: Seventeen|
The author of the book: Booth Tarkington
Date of issue: 1963
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Read full description of the books Seventeen:This book is a hilarious take on adolescence, even after 100 years. You will cringe as it reminds you of the constant humiliations of being young and in love. If you are of a certain parental age, about halfway through you will also wish fervently, along with Mr. Prather, that Miss Pratt would just GO HOME, because only besotted young men could stomach her and her little white dog for an entire three months! There are many laugh-out-loud moments. Tarkington is a deft writer, and the humor comes from his shrewd and sympathetic portrayals of all the characters, who are wittily drawn, from the boy at the center of the universe, to his little sister, his rivals, and the parents, and a host of others. The language is witty, and the comic incidents build and whack you on the side of the head. Particularly the climax at the railway station, and the Big Reveal in the final pages--neither of which I will spoil for you. As with all good novels of manners, the humor arises out of the personalities of the characters, the narrator's wit is sharp, and the author's plot is very well done--each new event comes very naturally out of the main frame of the story: summertime. This is not so much a "beach read" as a "front porch read."
Many reviewers mention the issue of the African-American characters--certainly the use of dialect when Genesis and Mr. Genesis speak was ok in its time, and is no longer. For me it reminds me of my Great Uncle, who had attitudes literally from the time in this work, and was an embarrassment to us even in the 50s and 60s. He would have loved the "darky" dialect; I can't imagine anyone ever really spoke like this. Except for the rather unnecessary monologue about catering that was cringe-worthy, though, Genesis was a great character because he is the straight man who sets up the crazed boy to run with his madness. When viewed through a lens of class rather than race, it's sobering to think that we no longer live in communities where the garden help is part of the web of relationships that could be part of an idyllic summertime. They drive in, run their mowers, load up and drive away. They don't bring their loping, comic dogs, or crusty old fathers along and spend time gossiping with little girls and embarrassing our fragile-ego'd teen boys.
I don't know if I attached this review to the right "edition": many of these "Kindle" editions have imprints from secondary e-publishers who have appropriated it. I downloaded my e-book from www.gutenberg.org, for free.
Read information about the authorBooth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams.
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