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The Old Man and the Boy
Robert Ruark
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This classic memoir captures the relationship between a man and his grandson as they fish and hunt the lakes and woods of North Carolina. All the while the Old Man acts as teacher and guide, passing on his wisdom and life experiences to the boy.

Author, Robert Ruark grew up in North Carolina. His grandfather was his mentor, his companion in the field, his teacher at streams
Published November 1st 1957 by Crest Books (first published 1953)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I've mentioned before that I'm a huge fan of Robert Ruark's writing, at least his "outdoor writing". For many years Mr. Ruark wrote a column in Field and Stream Magazine...The Old Man and the Boy, Mr. Ruark himself being the boy. This is a collection these.

I suppose I love this for the same reason(s) that I love some other books, movies etc. It reflects an idyllic and idealized situation that I find myself very envious of. I grew up in the country and wandered the fields and the creeks. My dad a
Dan Moore
Apr 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with kids, especially boys.
Recommended to Dan by: Ron Dorman
For me this book is a classic and a must read. It's one of a few books that I routinely give away, not as a gift but just because "You haven't read it?! Here, take this home."

Robert Ruark story of growing up in the Southport area of NC puts him in my neck of the woods. His stories of growing up, wisdom shared, and often times earned the hard way, are what anyone, especially any boy should be blessed with growing up. These aren't stories on hunting and fishing, these are stories on what hunting a
T. J.
Sep 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People from NC; People Hunt Fish; People who like old people.
My father read me this book when I was a child and I have probably read it four or five times my self. It has an endearing quality that very few other books have. It is a book filled with love; it is a series of stories, and anecdotes written by a grandson about his grandfather. It demonstrates affection in a way that is so masculine, whilst being full of devotion. The Old Man and the Boy is a book that I would recommend to almost anyone...
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There were days, now long gone and never to come again, when a boy grew up in a world full of adventure. A world in which a mentor would guide him, show him, teach, and where he could come and go, where he learned all about life, character, integrity. This is true story of that time. As I read the last few pages, it was sad to know that time, some of which I got to taste and experience myself, will never ever be again. We have a term for it today; free range children. It is an experience that on ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this is a book for men about being a man, I think in today's world it is women who ought to be reading it. Ruark recounts the profound affect his grandfather had in raising him to be a real man. The old man used man's natural affinity to the outdoors, hunting and fishing, to teach the boy a much broader, deeper wisdom about respect for life and how to live honorably... as a real man.
It was an eye opener for me as to how much our modern feminist culture has destroyed real manliness. As it t
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
This is one of those books remembered from childhood. It was before I knew that Robert Ruark was one of those 1950s era depressed, macho-man drunks in the style of Hemingway. But he is a better writer than Hemingway because he actually tells a story you want to read and the characters are not as dull and dreary as Hemingway's.

It was a book to escape into for an 11 year old boy.

This book might not have withstood time if I went back and read it again, but I suspect that it would. Unlike the narcis
This is a series of tales, hopefully true, which were originally published in a sporting magazine. The writer (the titular boy) lovingly relates the wisdom passed on to him by his enate grandfather (the Old Man). It's refreshing to read something written by someone who claims to have had the perfect childhood, in spite of the fact that he grew up during the depression. The author's love for his grandfather shines through on every page; the book is consequently sentimental and soppy, and I loved ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes the outdoors, simple times and great writing
Recommended to 2patnt by: my mother
This is my absolutely favorite book. I first read it when I was about 13 and have read it every couple of years since. It is extremely well written and will engage you from the first word to the last. It is a reflection on a simple but rewarding childhood that most of us can envy. Ruark led a tragic life as an adult but this account of his childhood is wonderful. I have searched out every other Ruark book and count him as one of my favorite authors. Not suitable for PETA members.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most books I read once; some twice; this one I have read 3 times and am ready to read it again. It is the essence of the outdoor life for those of us who still think like a kid and want nothing more than wade a creek, paddle a canoe, or find a wing shooting paradise. I can't get enough of reading it and of living it.
Jun 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book furthered my appreciation of nature and also led me to move out of the city.

This book focuses on passing on information from the older generations to the newer. I think we have lost sight of how important that is in our society and I will no longer take my elders for granted.
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Robert Ruark was an author and syndicated columnist.

Born Robert Chester Ruark, Jr., to Charlotte A. Ruark and Robert C. Ruark, a bookkeeper for a wholesale grocery, young Ruark attended local schools and graduated from New Hanover High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. He graduated from high school at age 12 and entered the University of North Carolina at age 15. The Ruark family was deeply af
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