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Penrod by Booth Tarkington
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Mar 13, 11

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Read from March 02 to 12, 2011

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 book many years ago, when I was 12. In this reading I noticed the racist descriptions of the black children. I can't but help wondering what this does to children reading the stories. I don't remember these racist elements from when I was reading the books around 1967, but I imagine they were in the story. To the characters credit, they played with the poor black children without discrimination; somehow, though, they don't get invited to the parties.
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