- 出版社: Puffin Books (2004年9月23日)
- 外文书名: 罗思卡尔
- 丛书名: Puffin Modern Classics
- 平装: 192页
- 读者对象: 8 - 12 岁
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0142402524
- 条形码: 9780142402528
- 商品尺寸: 12.7 x 1.2 x 17.9 cm
- 商品重量: 172 g
- 品牌: Puffin Books
- ASIN: 0142402524
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Rascal (Puffin Modern Classics) (英语) 平装 – 2004年9月23日
Everyone should knock off work, sit beneath the nearest tree, and enjoy Rascal from cover to cover. -- The Chicago Tribune
Sterling North (1906–1974) was awarded a Newbery Honor for the autobiographical Rascal.
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Sterling North's most profound observation: "Somewhere it must all be recorded, as insects are captured in amber - that day on the river: transcribed in Brule (river) water, written on the autumn air, safe at least in my memory." And if it is not there, on the river Brule in Wisconsin, then reading, "Rascal - A Memoir Of A Better Era," must be read and reread by all.
This story mesmerized me so much that, for several years, I was obsessed with getting my own pet raccoon. Eventually I did, at age eleven, the same age North adopted Rascal. A few years later, while visiting my aunt in New Jersey, I actually telephoned Mr. North, who was retired and living in Morristown - his wife said he was very ill, but told me she would tell him I called. He sadly passed away not long afterwards.
I'm not sure why I was so taken with this book, but I know much of it has to do with North's ability to weave a tale. Reading "Rascal" again as an adult reinforces that opinion. There's a lot more here than just a story of about a boy frolicking with a wild animal. North vividly recreates a bygone time, when hickory and walnut hunting, whippoorwill sighting, and trotter races weren't corny anachronisms. As a young reviewer correctly noted, his relationship with the lovable, intelligent Rascal was a true friendship. North invested human characteristics in his furry hero, but without stretching credulity or sounding trite. Only eleven, North had already experienced tragedy and stress in his young life - his mother had died when he was seven, his father was attentive but detached, and his brother was far away in France fighting in World War I. Rascal helps pull North into a world of humor and sunshine...and at least one jarring awakening. After seeing a picture of a trapped raccoon on the cover of his fur catalogue, the image of Rascal's gentle, inquisitive hand in a jaw trap is too much for the sensitive boy, and he decides to give up trapping. He declares a "peace" with nature on the same day as Armistice Day. North concludes the chapter with the memorable sentence: "It is perhaps the only peace treaty that was ever kept."
If you're a young person, I know you'll enjoy this warm book many times, like I did. And if you're no longer young, read it - and savor it - for yourself.