2003 Intro to Penrod and Sam Online

David J. Nordloh at Indiana University wrote a fine introduction for that institution’s reprint of Penrod and Sam. An ebook scan of the text has shown up online for the reading enjoyment of those who already have a copy of the novel, but are interested in worthy critique.

Here’s a sample of what Nordloh has to say:

Penrod neither finally concedes to nor bests the adults, never gets beyond puppy love, never deepens friendships nor antagonisms. Every episode is a new beginning, and the past does not weigh on the present or yield a future.

Perhaps that helps explain the lasting impact of the Penrod stories. They can always be carried with you.

Read more here. 

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