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ISBN:1557042594
Author: William Wharton
ISBN13: 978-1557042590
Title: Pride
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Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 1, 1996)
Pages: 304

Pride by William Wharton



Praise for William Wharton’s Books. On October 6, 1938, in Wildwood, New Jersey, a lion, part of a Wall of Death motorcycle act, escaped from his cage on the boardwalk and killed a man. On that day, Neville Chamberlain was negotiating with Adolf Hitler, giving him a large part of Czechoslovakia called the Sudetenland. In my lion nightmare I’m living on a street much like the one described by Dickie in this book. I stand behind the front door to our house and look out through the glass panes, across our porch, down our front steps. Lions are strolling, stalking the streets, the lawns; they lurk silently between porches. My mother and father, my sister, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors are walking around. They pay no attention to the lions. With great trepidation, I dash out to warn them of the danger, their peril.

Pride was the perfect title for a perfect book. It had the best message/moral in a book that I've read in a long time. William Wharton's writing transports you back to the days the follow the Depression. It's warm, it's about people, about growing up, about family. Some thought-provoking quotes: In one place, 10-year-old Dickie talks about how he's too old to sit on his parents' laps, then says, "Those things seemed to stop, to end, without my hardly noticing them. Wharton was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1943, and was inducted into the school's Wall of Fame in 1997. He volunteered William Wharton (7 November 1925 - 29 October 2008), the pen name of the author Albert William Du Aime (pronounced as doo-EM), was an American-born author best known for his first novel Birdy, which was also successful as a film.

In the first chapter of Pride, William Wharton misleads the reader into thinking that the book is "about" the sin of Pride. The main character Dickie is a fifth grader in Catholic school in 1938, and whatever disciplinary excesses Catholic schools had in the 1960s they had and more in the 1930s. A lapse of attention and an unfortunate sequence of events lands Dickie in the priest's office, where he is told that his sin is Pride. The boy, his neighborhood in Depression-era Philadelphia, and his school, would be enough to make a book around

Following the disappointing hodgepodge of Scumbler ( LJ 5/1/84), the author of magical Birdy ( LJ 12/15/78) and well-received Dad (5/15/81) is back on track with Pride. Eleven-year-old Dickie. William Wharton was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1925. During the Second World War, Wharton served in the US army, until an injury led to his discharge. In 1978, Wharton’s first novel, ‘Birdy’, was published to critical acclaim. Before his death in 2008, Wharton penned 8 further novels, and 3 memoirs. The most recent memoir, ‘Shrapnel’, was published for the first time in English in 2012. Библиографические данные.

Used availability for William Wharton's Pride. March 1986 : UK Hardback.

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There’s the flights of mental fancy in his first novel; the telling portrait of Alzheimer’s in "Dad;" and the profound anti-war saga in "A Midnight Clear

Wharton's a good enough novelist to keep you hoping this wet and shaggy theme will stand, shake itself off, and surprise you-yet it doesn't happen. How the narrator of half the book, Dickie Kettleson, son of the factory worker, finally has a fateful hand in the (disastrous) freeing of Tuffy is the eventual braid here. But you've seen it coming from the beginning, is the problem: the title has given it all away, even: Pride-pride of lions, pride of family, of work, of protectiveness, of bravery

During the Depression, a 10-year-old boy befriends a carnival stuntman and his lion cub and learns about the meaning of family, loyalty, love, and survival.

Reviews: 4
Debeme
This is an excellent and diverse tale. you ought read it, perhaps multiple times.
Tall
In the first chapter of Pride, William Wharton misleads the reader into thinking that the book is "about" the sin of Pride. The main character Dickie is a fifth grader in Catholic school in 1938, and whatever disciplinary excesses Catholic schools had in the 1960s they had and more in the 1930s. A lapse of attention and an unfortunate sequence of events lands Dickie in the priest's office, where he is told that his sin is Pride. The boy, his neighborhood in Depression-era Philadelphia, and his school, would be enough to make a book around. But from the boy's discovery of an orphaned kitten the story takes a different direction. Anti-union thugs at Dickie's father's workplace threaten the safety of Dickie and his sister, so the family (with kitten) takes an out of season trip to the Jersey shore.

The book then alternates point of view between Dickie and Cap Modison, a savant farm boy who was damaged in the first world war. Where Dickie has his kitten Cannibal, Cap adopted a lion cub, who he named Tuffy. Tuffy has become a mature male lion and acts like Cap's kitten. Cap and his wife and Tuffy are working an improbable boardwalk attraction involving a gravity-defying motorcycle.

Just as Dickie's parents find a renewal in their relationship in focusing on the instinctive need to protect their children, Cap and Tuffy have formed a little lion pride into which strangers can be reluctantly admitted. Pride is about families and the courage that is needed to keep them together.

I would recommend Pride to male and female readers who enjoy a memoir-based story with a dash of literary pretension.
Orll
William Wharton allows the reader to recall what childhood was really like, full of complex emotions that one can't resolve, complicated relationships that are not easily explained. Being a child without the language needed to express oneself, full of doubt, excitement, interest and a full range of feelings that are not easily communicated. I love this book and have read it several times and walk away with a different lesson each time.
Meri
I grew up in the neighborhood Wharton writes about. It is a gift to my memories. Also setting the story down the shore warms my heart as well.