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The Old Man and the Boy

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by Robert Ruark

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This classic captures the endearing relationship between a man and his grandson as they fish and hunt the lakes and woods of North Carolina. All the while the Old Man acts as teacher and guide, passing on his wisdom and life experiences to the boy, who listens in rapt fascination.


This classic captures the endearing relationship between a man and his grandson as they fish and hunt the lakes and woods of North Carolina. All the while the Old Man acts as teacher and guide, passing on his wisdom and life experiences to the boy, who listens in rapt fascination.

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“Filled with homespun humor and salty common sense. This is a book to be savored slowly, and kept and cherished.” —Herald Tribune

“Written with great joy . . . the book is a delight to read.” —Library Journal

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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5.97(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ruark (1915-1965) was an author and columnist. His many books include The Old Man and the Boy, Poor No More, and The Old Man's Boy Grows Older.

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The Old Man and the Boy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
DeppityDawg More than 1 year ago
In a time when children were supposed to be seen and not heard, one " Old Man ", gave his most precious commodity , Time ,to show his grandson how to be a man. The " Boy " Robert Ruark, grew up to be a world renowned author, and newspaper columnist, loved and respected throughout the english speaking world. This book is a testament to what we owe to each other , Love. On a shelf in my den , nestled between leather bound volumes with gilt edged pages, are two 55 year old , worn , torn , dirty , paperback books taped together into one volume. " The old man and the boy " " The old mans boy grows older " Each little boy who has touched my life has gotten a copy of this truly heartwarming story. Sons , Grandsons , Honorary Grandsons , and Friends , This book is a valuable lesson , lovingly passed on from this " Old Man " To all " Boys ".
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this book is an american clasic. This book can teach yon so much. The way inwhich the author tells you of his memorys is amazeing. This book is worth its weight in gold!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my father's favorite book. He always wanted me to read it, and when I finally did, I was blown away. It is one of the most vivid, moving books I have ever read. It is a true depiction of the unconditional love of family, and a look back at a time when simple things in life were appreciated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book for the 8th. time. It is more than a book - it is a pattern, to which Grandfathers and Grandsons would be wise to form themselves. It speaks to love, dicipline, gentleness, and values in a way that we would all be wise to listen to! Buy it. I promise you won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
... and you have ANY appreciation for history and bygone times, of the people, manners, values, insights and joys of yesteryear, you REALLY need to get this book. I know of no other books, except maybe for 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huck Finn,' that come close to this one in taking you back many years to a much different time, a much different world, and a much different people than exists today - one that in this case existed in the early 20th century. You'll get a glimpse of people of real value - the kind of people who contributed greatly to making the USA a 'Great Nation' through their toils and tears - a people who weathered the Great Depression and fought the wars of those days, and maybe understand a little about what helped them through their more trying times. Almost as though via osmosis, you'll unwittingly 'absorb' at least SOME of the values, insights, and perspectives of the people of the early 20th century, when game and sport were extraordinarily plentiful and a man's work or his social status didn't define us in quite the way it does today. In this process, you may come to understand something of why we have more of everything today, but enjoy all of it less. I knew and loved many people of that era - mostly relatives, of course - but the people portrayed in this bood are REAL, whether the characters are or not. It was different then - both the people and the country. No matter what any of our pro-modern detractors of these days and times and people may say, please remember that the people portrayed in this book really existed exactly as portrayed, and they were GOOD people and times, even considering the tremendous challenges and trials of the day. By the time you get to the end of this book, you'll get some insight - if you have the prerequisites to comprehend, and (hopefully) appreciate it - into what has been gained and what has been lost in the years intervening between us and the characters in the book. Not many books nor authors can do that today. I recommend this book highly. It will be a True Pleasure for those of us who knew and loved the folks of that period, and in all liklihood, a real learning experience for the younger readers. While tending toward the 'romantic' side, it's nevertheless VERY authentic because, as I said, I knew quite a few people of that era that would fit into these stories easily and perfectly. Oh! It's also very engagingly written, and VERY hard to put down. Enjoy! Mr. Ruark is truly one of our greatest authors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot stress enough the incredible value of this book. In the top 5 of my favorite books, it is something you will read over and over and will refer to forever to come. I borrowed it from my great grandmother, who wouldn't let me have it, and after I finished it and gave it back to her, I went out and bought my own copy and read it twice more. READ IT. It is golden.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best book I have ever read. I bought my first copy as a teenager. I'm now crowding 60 and over the years have owned several copies that I've 'loaned' to friends and they never seem to make it back to me. I have reread this book more times than I care to count. As a boy growing up in the big city and reading this book, my appetite was whetted for things I had never experienced. I managed to escape the big city a long time ago and I have gained an appreciation for the outdoors that came about from the desires spawned by these stories. Ruark has a remarkable ability to describe detail with simplicity and accuracy. His humor is heart warming and his description of food will leave you famished. This is a wonderful book for children in their early teens or later, as well as adults. There's some good lessons in life that can be learned for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A timeless classic of lessons for a lifetime. Ruark made me feel as though I were part of the stories, and I could see and hear and smell everything he described. This work is full of nastalgia that makes me wish I were there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My father first gave me this book to read when I was about 12 years old. From the minute I opend the book I couldnt put it down. I live right in the same area that Robert Ruark grew up in and talk's about in his book. I have read this book at least 15 times in the past 6 years and I love it every time. This is a great book for fathers and grandfathers to give thier kids and grandkids. Every time I read this book I think of my father and grandfather. Absolutley a wonderful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorites. I live in coastal North Carolina and this book vividly describes life around here. Great recounts of adventures. I usually read it at least once a year when I get cabin fever and each time I can't put it down.