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I Was a Teen-Age Dwarf

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  14 reviews
I'M DOBIE GILLIS. All my life I have spun in a wild tarantella of unappeased longing--from girl to girl to girl. Yet due to an excessive lack of height (often mistaken for lack of manliness or sex-drive), I have always had what some people (also mistaken) call perfect love--all despair and no fulfillment. Still I go on trying...

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Mass Market Paperback, 182 pages
Published 1959 by Bantam
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Majenta
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dobie Gillis' opinions on and experiences with girls and women from his boyhood to his manhood. Will he ever find the right one? Or just have fun searching?

"Pa used to be a boy so he knows how things are with me. As for my knowing how things are with him, I'd frankly rather not." (Location 292)

"Well, he's not smiling now. Last I heard, he was drinking himself to death in Honduras or Tahiti or someplace that doesn't have an extradition treaty with the U.S." (Discussing the architect of the house
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Robert
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The language is a bit dated, but the humor is timeless, and the relationships portrayed are still honest, heartfelt, and real.
James Hold
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much better than THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS. In that book Dobie was an inconsistent character changing looks, age, parents, majors, in each story. Here we get one character progressing through life from 13 to 30. All of the stories are amusing. Plus we get some dry and understated humor that is actually funny -- as opposed to the label of "dry" and "understated" often used as a coded way of saying a book isn't funny at all. It's all situational, no action to speak of, and not a profanity to ...more
Nancy
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis by Schulman I picked up this set of Dobie stories. We hear Dobie review his entire love life starting at age 13 and ending at age 30.

If you watched the television program based on his stories, or have read any Dobie stories, you know what you will find in this collection. Dobie recounts his love of the ladies, his idealizing of beauty and willingness to submit to any demand for love. Yes, this is pre-feminism humor, with looks trumping intelligence. I
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Dharma
May 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It has been so long since I first read this book and it's mate. They are classics for me and I read them as a set almost every year or two. They are the literary equivalent of really good macaroni and cheese - comforting, favorful, and total pleasure. ...more
Diana
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
FUNNY! VERY RARE BOOK!
John E
Nov 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Just as funny now as it was when I read it as a teenager in 1959! The wordplay and the situations are wonderful. The TV series on Dobie Gillis was nothing compared to this, the original.
Dan
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious book about girl-obsessed boy.
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Charlene Gordon
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this in high school.
Pamela
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dobie Gillis is NOT “literature.” But, if you are looking for something light and frivolous to give yourself a break, these are the perfect palate cleansers.
Paul
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is even funnier than The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. I'd highly recommend, esp. if you're down. ...more
Thomas W
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Funny in a 1950's kind of way. Another great writer from St Paul who attended the U of M. ...more
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