Seventeen

Seventeen

Booth Tarkington / Jul 22, 2019

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  • Title: Seventeen
  • Author: Booth Tarkington
  • ISBN: 9781426404788
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps as most of these works have been housed in our most imporThis work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world , and other notations in the work This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity individual or corporate has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

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      • Booth Tarkington

        Booth 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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    1. 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 [...]


    2. DNF at 100 pages.Mini-review:I don't really know enough about what the literary world was like in 1916 to say whether or not it's surprising that this was the bestselling book of the year. However, it's not at all surprising to me that this book has been forgotten relatively quickly. The book is going for whimsical and insightful, and it lands a lot closer to awkward and simplistic. There was a article that said that anyone over the age of 50 should read this book to remind them of what it was [...]


    3. In which a self-important, lovestruck teenager is soundly (though rarely undeservedly, or cruelly for that matter) humiliated at every turn. I've never had the patience for most things written before, say, 1972, and over the past few years I've begun to hate that about myself. I happened to read "Seventeen" aloud to my wife (which has proven to be a more restful pre-slumber activity than watching "The Two Coreys"), and we laughed and were terrifically entertained throughout, despite deep, old-ti [...]


    4. 3.5 stars. This is another one of Tarkington's fluffy humorous confections—very much like Gentle Julia, with its themes of infatuated young suitor and mischievous young relative, except that the primary characters are even sillier, if such a thing is possible. Light on plot, but with plenty of irresistibly hilarious moments and passages that made me laugh out loud—perfect for a summer afternoon's reading.


    5. This is one of the funniest books ever. He nails perfectly a seventeen year old young man - no matter the time period.


    6. "NOBODY'S BUSINESS IS SAFE FFROM THAT CHILD!"Small town romance is an uphill battle (not to mention source of public amusement) for easily-smitten seventeens in the 19 teens, when everyone knew everyone else's business--especially the protagonist's bratty little sister. It isn't enough that a fellow suffers the social torments of hell in order to impress a visiting bubble blond--his Baby Talk Lady, but that his pecocious younger sibling makes it her summer business to spy on, tattle on and harra [...]


    7. First, I would like to admit this review is probably too harsh. This is not a bad book. I just didn't personally enjoy it. I choose to give this book a two star review (instead of one) because the author was able to create believable characters that somehow managed to provoke me to a state of aggravationI did not enjoy reading this book for the following reasons: the main character, colloquial language and the inconsistent view from the author.The main character, William Baxter, is in a constant [...]


    8. Interesting fast read. While there is some popular notion that "teenager" first became a category in the 1950s, this book would seem to refute that. The last chapter is just a little too precious for the rest of the book in my mind. The vocabulary seems much more advanced than I would expect of a present day book with a similar level of plot complexity (perhaps that's just me reading my own preconceptions of the era into the book?). This gave me more insight into the "college widow" character in [...]


    9. I began thinking about Seventeen as my grandchildren are arriving and leaving that crucial age. I thought I may have read this book when I was young, but I can't remember it at all. I even wonder if I may have an old copy at home lurking in the midst of my other teenage books.I loved this book and the essence of Seventeen that the writer captures. At Seventeen, everything is a crisis in our lives and the world may end at any minute. The writing was suburb. The characters were tremendous and aliv [...]


    10. My mother gave me this to read when I was sixteen or seventeen. I did not get her irony but I loved the book. I knew about romantic obsession.


    11. This book is one of the funniest books I've read in ages. Perfectly captures the joy and pain of being a teenager "in love." It's true, at times it was painfully ignorant of modern attitudes towards race, but at its heart this is a story as relatable today as it was when it was first a bestseller 100 years ago. Highly recommended.


    12. Unable to finish. Which was disappointing: I rather enjoyed "The Maginificent Ambersons." The writing style in this one was, for me, unbearable. Tarkington takes the long way around to say the most mundane things; it was quite irritating.


    13. This was a fabulous book. It was published nearly 100 years ago and proves that people have always been very funny, especially young men in love and their pesky little sisters. There are many, many smiles and laughs in this book.


    14. This has been one of my favorite books since I was 10 years old. Even though it was written in the early 1900's I still find it so witty and funny.



    15. If only there were more stars of the funniest books ever (though due to some less-than-PC characterizations one must remember the time period it was written in).


    16. This book was so funny and touching. I laughed out loud so many times at William -- he was so intense, angry, hormonal, and in love -- so seventeen! Miss Pratt was so utterly ridiculous with her baby talk, and the other characters' reactions to her were hilarious. I loved how calm William's mother was, and how his little sister Jane contrasted his intense, angry outbursts with her calm, rational responses (and the fact that she was always eating bread covered with apple butter and sugar, or what [...]


    17. There’s a reason The Magnificant Ambersons won the Pulitzer and this one didn’t. Certainly bits were funny, but on the whole this was more mean-spirited than I expected. There were no likable characters besides Mrs. Baxter in my opinion, and I tended to agree with Willie that Jane needs some discipline and parenting. Dialogue was hard to understand in most parts: Miss Pratt speaks in babytalk and it does not transcribe well at all. Too much exposition and faaaaar too many adjectives. I almos [...]




    18. nwhytevejournal/2736686mlSeventeen: A Tale Of Youth And Summer Time And The Baxter Family Especially William was the best-selling novel in America a hundred years ago, in 1916. If its author is remembered at all today, it is for The Magnificent Ambersons which came out in 1918, won the Pulitzer Prize and was adapted to become an Orson Welles film in 1942. Seventeen was also filmed, in 1940, starring Jackie Cooper and Betty Field though not in their best known roles. (I note that one of the minor [...]


    19. I found this book at a used book store. The copyright is 1915. However distant that time might seem, Tarkington's description of a lovelorn 17 year old is spot on. Here is an example:"And then, as the distance between them lessened, he saw that she was ravishingly pretty; far, far prettier, indeed, than any girl he knew." This line seems rather blah until you read the next two that follow: "At least it seemed so, for it is, unfortunately, much easier for strangers to beautiful."I also enjoyed th [...]


    20. Well, I was uncertan whether or not I liked this book well enough to keep, but after the ending I think I will! A colorful and most hilarious account of a young man hopelessly in love at the tender age of seventeen with a Summer guest. Oh, some of these observations Tarkington made of youth I can blushingly relate toA couple things I didn't care for: William. I did not really like the main characters for most of the book, and to me William was just a whiny spoiled and snobbish boy. Not much symp [...]


    21. Fun read! This little book by Tarkington explores the humor in a first romantic experience of a seventeen-year-old boy's life. Recalling my own first love, I found myself empathizing with William at times. If it weren't for the traumatic feelings of first love and what happens that seems so tragic in the eyes of the teenager, one could laugh through the entire book. At times, however, I found myself wincing as circumstances contrived against William. I enjoyed the characters so much. His pesky l [...]



    22. First printed in serial format, Booth Tarkington's satyrical "Seventeen" was the #1 bestseller the year it was published as a novel. It's not hard to see the attraction for readers of the nineteen-teens, with its innocent yet subtly brutal depiction of a young man in love.What's difficult for this particular reader is the obnoxious qualities of not only the young paramor but also the object of his desire: a teenage girl never without her small dog in her arms, whom she speaks with in a constant [...]


    23. A slight but entertaining romantic comedy about a white teenager in pre-WWI America who has a crush on a ditzy girl and who thinks his parents are embarrassing old dorks. Snarkily observing his main character with an aloof authorial eye, Tarkington accurately captures the know-it-allness of being a teenage boy, which apparently was pretty much the same in 1910 as now, as were the emo passions of young love (albeit without sex, alcohol, unchaperoned car rides or heavy petting apparently people ba [...]


    24. The first book (downloaded free) that I read on my new Kindle. A hilarious story about the magic and misery of a teenage boy's first love for a girl visiting from out of town. Seventeen-year-old William Baxter's adolescent emotions are authentically and comcially intense, as is his self-absorption, which leads him to steal his father's dress suit in order to impress Lola Pratt, the baby-talking object of his affections. Willie's reverie is constantly contaminated by doses of reality supplied by [...]


    25. I stumbled on to this book quite by accident and I am so glad I did. The focus of the book are the travails of William Baxter, an infatuated, self-important teenager when a lovely but unbearable, baby-talking visitor, Miss Pratt, comes to the small town for the summer. William is constantly in crisis or a state of irritation. Whether it is caused by himself or embarrassment from his dirty faced, constantly eating, spying, and tattling little sister, Jane, or from the Black handyman, Genesis, emp [...]


    26. This was a delightful book - my edition was not listed but was copyright 2006 by BiblioBazaar which must be for high school or college required reading. Otherwise I cannot imagine today's youth reading this book. Written in 1916, the language and mores of the time are evident. The humor is not necessarily slapstick or laugh-out-loud; nevertheless I did laugh out loud in one scene in Chapter X. This story could very well be made into a movie, preferably black and white, with a voice narrating som [...]


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