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The Year of the Zinc Penny: A Novel

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Now in paperback, The Year of the Zinc Penny is a contemporary classic. Trygve Soren Napoli is a ten-year-old just beginning to realize that he is alone in the world. Certain inescapable quirks tip him off: He cannot stop himself from repeating aloud each of his sentences, even after his stepfather tapes his mouth shut. Strange black hairs grow from the back of his hand. H ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Seven Stories Press (first published September 13th 1989)
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Ron
Apr 09, 2012 Ron rated it really liked it
This short, comic-sad novel tells the first-person story of a ten-year-old boy living in wartime Los Angeles. The year is 1943. Men are off fighting the war; women are riveting planes in the city's aircraft factories. The protagonist, Trygve (nicknamed Monk), lives in a crowded apartment with his mother and her show-business aspiring boyfriend, her sister and her sister's Canadian husband, and his teenage son. Seen through the inexperienced but curious eyes of a boy, these characters form the ce ...more
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Oct 18, 2014 Doug rated it really liked it
Shelves: war
A coming-of-age novel, narrated by a 10-year old, set in L.A., during WWII. Humorous, sad. I read one other novel by DeMarinis, which was quite different, A Clod of Wayward Marl, which is a funny, outrageous novel with a protagonist modeled on James Crumley. DeMarinis is a classic 70s-00s midlist literary writer, who is mostly and sadly out of print. He's 80 or thereabouts now but still plugging away. (I had a snack with him a few months ago and played some snooker with him, along with erstwhile ...more
Judy
Feb 28, 2010 Judy rated it it was amazing
A good book about an 11- to 12-year-old during WW2, his memories of what his life was like but his imagination was so much better than real life -- an ordinary boy who was a "hero" in so many ways -- flying heroic missions to save everyone -- not all good times for him in his ordinary life, tho -- a book that was well written!
Marla
Feb 23, 2013 Marla rated it really liked it
(review from 1994) Another wonderful story where I identified with the narrator. A fascinating slice of life I never really think about: the abandoned children of war. This is a funny book, though very sad, too.
Walt
Nov 19, 2007 Walt rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: GOWING UP IN THE 40'S
the year 1943 they made pennies out of zinc becasue the war needed copper. coming of age book
Robert Pruchniewicz
Jul 25, 2010 Robert Pruchniewicz rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable and highly recommended. Should be up there with the other classic coming of age novels.
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If Jean Shepherd wrote "Wait Until Spring Bandini", it would be "The Year of The Zinc Penny."
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