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Penrod "el muchacho más terrible de la ciudad", su compañero de andanzas Sam Williams, el fiel perro Duque, la hermosa Marjorie Jones, el "caballerito" Jorgito Basset y una serie de niños y personas mayores de una ciudad americana son los protagonistas de las más graciosas aventuras que se hayan escrito nunca....

Title : De la piel del diablo
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ISBN : 16093454
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 242 Pages
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De la piel del diablo Reviews

  • Debbie Zapata
    2019-02-28 09:02

    This is the last title in my Stags Of The Stag Cook Book Reading List. I've never read anything by Booth Tarkington, although I'm familiar with the name and his literary reputation. I thought this book would be an interesting introduction to Tarkington's work, but I think my timing was off. I am preparing for another trip north, and I could not get myself mentally involved in this story about young Penrod Schofield and his life in the Midwest of the early 1900's.I tried. I staggered along through 15 of 31 chapters, but honestly, I didn't care much for the boy. Maybe at some point he redeems himself and show a heart of gold, but for as long as I read he was just a terror. I decided I simply did not care what other kinds of, adventures Penrod got into.Someday I might give it another go, when I don't have 42 gazillion other things floating around in my little pea brain. Might. Oh, and meanwhile, I can share the final recipe of this personal challenge, but it was not really a recipe at all. Tarkington contributed the following to the Stag Cook Book:"My favorite dish is corn flakes. They should be placed in a saucer or hollow dish, then lifted in both hands and rolled for a moment, then dropped back into the dish. After that an indefinite quantity of cream should be poured upon them. They should be eaten with a spoon. I don’t know how to prepare anything else for the table."And so one more challenge is completed with a whimper instead of a bang. LOL

  • Renee M
    2019-03-04 10:52

    Excruciatingly tedious adventures of an annoying brat.

  • Marcus
    2019-03-04 07:07

    This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. The only way to do it justice is by quoting it:After Penrod (the 11 year old hero of the story) blurts out something he might have kept to himself:Nothing is more treacherous than the human mind; nothing else so loves to play the Iscariot. Even when patiently bullied into a semblance of order and training, it may prove but a base and shifty servant. And Penrod's mind was not his servant; it was a master, with the April wind's whims; and it had just played him a diabolical trick. The very jolt with which he came back to the schoolroom in the midst of his fancied flight jarred his day-dream utterly out of him; and he sat, open-mouthed in horror at what he had said.More philosophizing about the mind of the 11 year old (after a tar fight):Perhaps middle-aged people might discern Nature's real intentions in the matter of pain if they would examine a boy's punishments and sorrows, for he prolongs neither beyond their actual duration. With a boy, trouble must be of Homeric dimensions to last overnight. To him, every next day is really a new day. Thus, Penrod woke, next morning, with neither the unspared rod, nor Mr. Kinosling in his mind. Tar, itself, so far as his consideration of it went, might have been an undiscovered substanceOn the hot days of summer:Their elders should beware such days. Peril hovers near when the fierceness of weather forces inaction and boys in groups are quiet. The more closely volcanoes, Western rivers, nitroglycerin, and boys are pent, the deadlier is their action at the point of outbreak. Thus, parents and guardians should look for outrages of the most singular violence and of the most peculiar nature during the confining weather of February and August.In addition to being hilarious, Penrod paints a great picture of small-town America at the turn of the 20th century. My opinion may be biased by the fact that I'm proprietor of a delightful 7 year old boy, but with that in mind, this book definitely made to to my all-time favorites list.

  • Rosemarie
    2019-03-18 05:47

    Parts of this book are very funny, others somewhat dated, but an enjoyable read overall.

  • Leslie
    2019-03-18 09:01

    A fun set of anecdotes about 11-year-old Penrod Schofield, growing up and getting into mischief in early 20th century Midwestern America. Reminded me a bit of Tom Sawyer but in a more suburban setting. I loved his birthday visit to Aunt Sarah:"...Boys are just people, really. ... they haven't learned to cover themselves all over with little pretences. When Penrod grows up he'll be just the same as he is now, except that whenever he does what he wants to do he'll tell himself and other people a little story about it to make his reason for doing it seem nice and pretty and noble."

  • Maureen
    2019-03-20 11:05

    penrod is an amusing book. it's not laugh-out-loud funny but the misadventures of this inscrutable and bad boy are captivating, and knowing, and made me smile. tarkington lets us into the hallowed halls of an adolescent male mind which is itching for experiences, and wily in its meeting of any consequence that these experiences might bring. penrod schofield, as the epitome of boys, an untroubled huck, breathes life into the archetypal boyhood. he is good at getting into scrapes whether they are of his own devising or not (usually they are), and things often spiral wildly out of his control despite his efforts at containment. he is popularized as the "worst boy in town" by the girl he likes best, and he's hotly defensive of his honour. he is curious, vindictive, but also sometimes kind. if you have spent any time with an unruly young man, with some brains, and too much energy, you have met penrod. the other characters too, are well drawn and quite familiar: his family, frustrated, amused, and perplexed by him; the other kids who are his friends and enemies all-at-once live in awe or fear, or collude with him; the other townsfolk cluck, or cause calumnies for him. the characterizations in this book feel real even if they also sometimes smack of caricature, as real people sometimes do. some of the caricature in this book i had trouble with: specifically the endemic racism. i realize that it is a by-product of the society in which tarkington was raised, and understood, but it's distracting and painful to read some of these sentences that are tossed off, and in some cases, weaken the narrative. here's an example, with square brackets mine:He sat staring at the an open page of a textbook, but not studying; not even reading; not even thinking. Nor was he lost in a reverie: his mind's eye was shut, as his physical eye might well have been, for the optic nerve, flaccid with ennui, conveyed nothing whatever of the printed page upon which the orb of vision was partially focused. Penrod was doing something very unusual and rare, something almost never accomplished except by [coloured people or by:] a boy in school on a spring day: he was doing really nothing at all. He was merely a state of being.cut those four words out, and it is marvellous writing, and cements the portrayal of a boy's mind which is the novel's central theme. and i can't even say that this is the worst of it. penrod has two black playmates named herman and verman, who have a raccoon they eventually name sherman after their dead brother, and they are wonderful characters, and is often the case, in some ways much more attractive than penrod himself, and yet, we are forced to endure casual remarks about them being in the "lower stages of evolution" and the like. at least these racial slurs are relative few in number, and the brothers are treated with respect by penrod and their other colleagues in the arts of chicanery. i'm really glad i read this book despite the racism. each time i come across this issue, i face the quandary of to read or not to read. it is troubling, that a book that brings so much pleasure can also knock it out of you with a careless and often useless remark. but it is also a relic of the way the world was, and i can curse the editor of penrod for not seeing that the strength of the above paragraph was dimmed by the stupid addition of a folksy slur, and be glad that times have changed. boys and their spirits however, have not altered in essentials since the publication of penrod, and i cannot say that that is a blessing or a curse, so much as shake my head at the wry essence of boys so embodied in this book.

  • Lee
    2019-02-27 05:56

    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.

  • Dave
    2019-03-22 06:50

    The credit for the “Our Gang” (a.k.a. “Little Rascals” isn’t given to Booth Tarkington’s “Penrod”, but one has to wonder if it should be. The movies started in 1922, while “Penrod” was published just 8 years earlier in 1914. There is a collection of characters in “Penrod” which is somewhat similar as well, and the comparison works much better for me than attempts to compare “Penrod” with “Huckleberry Finn”, Wodehouse’s school stories, or even “Tom Brown’s Education”. “Penrod” is categorized as a novel, but it really is a series of short sketches put together, with no plot carrying through the entire book. The sketches are very humorous, and this is definitely another case where Tarkington has grown as a writer to produce something unlike anything he wrote before.Unfortunately, time has not been kind to this book. The stories are still funny, but the language will be an issue for many readers. It is important to read this book with an understanding of the time in which it was written, and sadly, the young readers who might enjoy this the most are also those who will have the greatest difficulty in understanding how the language was appropriate for its time, but is completely inappropriate now. Those who are mature enough to deal with this language issue will still enjoy reading these stories, but it is a shame that it can’t be appreciated as it was when it was written.As I indicated before, this book should not be compared with Twain or Wodehouse. Tarkington was nowhere near the writer that Twain was, and these stories lack the substance that can be found in Twain’s work. Wodehouse’s school stories are not as comedic as his later work, and the students in them are older than the characters that Tarkington creates in “Penrod”, which makes those stories completely different than what Tarkington has created. These stories can still be appreciated for what they are, though, and even if one winces at the words now and then, they are very enjoyable.

  • Larry Piper
    2019-03-23 05:57

    This is another of those books my dad said he read as a kid. Penrod is an 11-year old boy, living in the midwest a hundred years ago. He has the kinds of adventures, one presumes, that boys had back then. I expect much of it will be foreign to today's video-game boys, but us geezers who remember Eisenhower, and whose fathers were more-or-less contemporaries of Penrod, can feel some vague sense of familiarity. Whatever, it was a fun read. I may well look into snagging the second Penrod book, Penrod and Sam. Many years ago, also at my dad's urging, I read Tarkinton's Seventeen, and didn't particularly like it. I think I was too close to being ridiculous in my first loves myself and didn't much like reading about someone else's being similarly ridiculous. I think I might be far enough removed from being a silly 11-year old that the victories and vicissitudes Penrod experienced didn't affect me so much. As always, I'm a bit appalled as how racist we all were a century ago, but then again, looking at today's Tea Party Movement, I see that some of us haven't evolved much. Still, as I mentioned, it was a fun book.Interesting that this book is basically a series of short stories, albeit tied together from one day to the next. My previous book, The Wisdom of Father Brown, was also short stories, and I didn't much care for that format. But I think, while they contained the same central character, they didn't flow smoothly from one to the next. I doubt anyone would say Tarkington is more of a literary giant than Chesterton, but between these two books, Tarkington wins hands down.

  • Edwina Callan
    2019-03-13 11:44

    Simply delightful book of misadventures undertaken by an eleven-year-old boy.I chuckled my way through this one, all the while being very thankful that Penrod was not my son.Oh, pity the poor parents of this rascally "little gentleman"!

  • Tony
    2019-03-01 13:59

    PENROD. (1914). Booth Tarkington. ***. Tarkington (1869-1946) was a very popular writer at the beginning of the 20th century. He was from Indianapolis (along with Kurt Vonnegut) and was one of only three writers to win the Pulitzer Prize twice (The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams). This is only the second of his books I’ve read – years ago I read “Monsieur Beaucaire” (sp?) and found it delightful. In this novel, which is really a collection of comic episodes, we meet the principal character, Penrod Schofield, an eleven-year old boy living and growing up in a mid-western city. We meet his parents, his dog Duke, the other kids in the neighborhood, and his best friend, Sam Williams. Sam later appears in a subsequent novel, “Penrod and Sam.” The book reminded me very much of “Tom Sawyer,” although not nearly as well written. Penrod is portrayed as the average American boy who manages to get into trouble at the drop of a hat, like the author would like us to think the average American boy does. He is a mystery to his parents, who would try a variety of methods of trying to raise him ‘properly.’ It’s light reading and enjoyable, but probably more suitable as a young-adult novel in today’s world.

  • Mary Gaudette
    2019-02-25 13:45

    I love these Penrod stories. Hilarious renditions of good old fashioned BOY stuff. Little boys are tops. But the cheerful, in your face, offensive racism is a huge problem. One can (sort of) accept that Tarkington is a product of his times; I guess not worthwhile to lampoon him for his unconscious prejudices. But I bought these to build to the library of classic books for my boys to read, in due course. Can't see giving them this at the age for which it's intended. Maybe much later, when they are old enough to realize the offense given. It's sad. These are otherwise rip roaringly funny and sweet.

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-02 10:04

    I've tried two Booth Tarkington books this one and The Magnificent Ambersons both of which I just can't the hang of his writing style. I spend far too much time trying to understand the sentence structure and the vocabulary of that era. I'm quite disappointed as both books have been highly recommended.

  • Metaphorosis
    2019-03-15 13:47

    reviews.metaphorosis.comA young boy gets into trouble after trouble with his friends while his faithful dog follows along.I've read a few of Booth Tarkington's works before, and enjoyed them in a casual way. Penrod didn't work as well for me, primarily for two reasons - it very much feels like an only mildly successful clone of Tom Sawyer, and it's too full of casual racism to ignore.Penrod came quite a bit later than Twain's work, and it doesn't have the same complexity and depth - it's a light-hearted look at a troublesome young boy out to have fun. But it draws on many of the same elements - clever, charismatic boy, unattainable young girl, childhood antics. It was fun, but too reminiscent of Sawyer to work on its own.Penrod is also hampered by its social attitudes. While now over a century old, it's still not old enough to get away with the casual racism that peppers its pages. While not ill-intended, it's just too pervasive to ignore - for example, when Penrod is "doing something very unusual and rare, something almost never accomplished except by coloured people or by a boy in school on a spring day: he was doing really nothing at all". A little of that could be excused by the timeframe in which the novel was written. I found there was too much to accept.These two factors spoiled my enjoyment of the novel. If you're a big fan of Tarkington and somehow haven't read this, you may enjoy it. Otherwise, I recommend a re-read of Tom Sawyer.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-01 11:11

    Dated and shall we say far from universal, but very funny and true to boyhood. Penrod is hopelessly middle-class middle America, unlike say Huck or even Tom. This book is one of three; start with it and go on if you like to the other two -- Penrod and Sam: Illustrated and PENROD JASHBER (Illustrated)The most famous chapter is "The Great Tar Fight, " often anthologized.Warning: affectionate but grossly condescending and inappropriate minstrel-show type characterizations of African-Americans that will disturb twenty-first century readers but should not make them slam the book down.

  • Hunter Murphy
    2019-03-11 05:42

    I'm surprised this book isn't read by more people. A close friend recommended Penrod to me, and it's one of the best recs I ever got. Penrod is a kid who has no shame. He's hilarious. He does as he pleases, no matter the consequences. I've spent hours of enjoyment in his and Tarkington's fictional company. The one thing that is off-punting is Tarkington's attitudes toward race. The reader in 2014 has a difficult time with such backward views (this reader did anyway). But I still read Twain and so I will still read Tarkington. Those guys are too funny not to read.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-11 05:48

    Some books are timeless. Unfortunately, this one is not. Hoping to find an author from the past with Midwest ties, ala Jean Shepherd, I was looking forwrd to reading this book which was recommended by Roger Ebert. Instead I was offended and couldn't get beyond the harsh racial references. Definitely not recommended.

  • Greta
    2019-03-15 09:48

    Booth Tarkington has an interesting personal history and a refined sense of humor, but the references & jokes he makes at the expense of African Americans tells us, the man didn't have as much of a heart for the history & suffering of all races in American up to the time he wrote this book in 1913.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-07 10:46

    Do you want to understand how a little boy really thinks? I laughed so hard reading this book, especially the part about Sherman and Vermin. Just a warning, it is not on the politically correct side of life.

  • Jane
    2019-03-03 07:50

    good book-made me realize how books are pitched now versus then-then we were expected to be intelligent with good vocabularies and some knowledge of literature and the greeks; now books are for the "people Magazine" reader-no depth but all thrills. This book is fun and smart.

  • Cindy
    2019-03-03 07:05

    Torn between laughing at the humor and saddened at the prejudices portrayed. Good story of a young boy and his adventures.

  • Patricia
    2019-02-24 12:57

    Penrod was a very naughty little boy. :) I would rate this book along with Cheaper by the Dozen, Mama's Bank Account, and other good family life stories.

  • MaryBliss
    2019-02-25 11:50

    Tom Sawyer, early 20th century style.

  • Lana
    2019-03-18 12:49

    Penrod is a coming of age book. Since it was written in 1914 some words were difficult to understand so I had to use a dictionary for definition. Penrod is a very quirky kid who doesn't want to be a gentleman and his story is very lively. I laughed hardest when Penrod and his friends take on the Bully. The three white boys are watching these two black boys ripping through the Bully's who turns out isn't so big as they thought. The description of the fight and skirmish is so funny. Penrod is sweet on a girl and on his twelfth birthday "coming of age party" he is surprised how things turn out. If I say to much it will be a spoiler. Even though it is difficult reading for our time it is well worth the read. I could easily picture the current time and the life style.I rated it a three because of the difficulty of the dialect.

  • Siddharth Watwe
    2019-03-02 14:03

    This is more of a coming of age book than 'The Catcher in the Rye' ever was. I picked it up after reading Tarkington's another book (The Magnificent Ambersons). Early 20th century writing, early 20th century American setting. We can clearly see how information used to spread during those times, when not everyone was "connected to the world" all the time! Though this is supposed to be a humourous book, I feel there is a lot to take away from this. Ego, behaviours, relationships, family issues and circumstances have been very nicely dealt with. In short, it made a quick, great read.

  • Emily
    2019-02-24 12:53

    This struck me as I was reading as the male version of the L. M. Montgomery books I loved so much in my youth, and in similar fashion, I found myself laughing at the antics of the young protagonist. I found him that much more relatable and amusing because I have a small son, whose mind I can see working in similar ways to that of Penrod. This really was an enjoyable read.

  • Heidi
    2019-03-11 06:49

    I pre-read this to evaluate it as a read-aloud for my kids. I fell in love with Penrod and his friends, and except for one small section that includes racial stereotyping, I think it will make a great read-aloud. I'll probably just omit some passages when I read it to my boys or skip that chapter altogether.

  • Chris Hamilton
    2019-03-22 11:05

    4.5 stars - Hilarious adventures of "the worst child of the neighborhood". This is the kid that taught Dennis the Menace all of his tricks. This book has so many funny parts and is really well written..

  • Virginia Sande
    2019-03-24 10:43

    A ClassicA wonderful tale of a mischievous boy and his dog and their adventures together and with the other neighborhood children. The spelling of the words in their idioms added so much to the story.

  • Barbara Muller
    2019-03-12 13:11

    PernodA truly enjoyable story of a young boy and his growing up escapades. A book that will make you smile.