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The Story of a Bad Boy by Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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The Story of a Bad Boy by Thomas Bailey Aldrich, 1870.

Mentioned recently by Sarah A. Hoyt at her blog, According To Hoyt:

It was one of my very favorite books in childhood, and I haven’t read it since becoming a mother. Reading it now is both fascinating and surprising.

… [B]eing the story of a boy’s childhood just around (I think) the Centennial, it’s eye opening and enlightening.

At one time the grandfather of the protagonist says “what a rascal you are, just as I was at your age, forever tumbling from scrape to scrape.” It’s largely how I was too, as a tomboy, if on a slightly less grand scale, since we didn’t have a coastline near the village, nor cannons to fire. Because that’s some of the stuff they do: go sailing in a storm, fire a cannon, set fire to a coach…

At best, in our day they’d be considered juvenile delinquents. At worst, they’d be medicated/counseled/confined.


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This entry was posted on February 4, 2015 by in Fiction and tagged , , , , .
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