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Tlehands a man with a horrifying past Who is Gentlehands? And what is his connection to Buddy's handsome aristocratic grandfather? The mystery threatens to shatter Buddy and Skye's relationship and change their lives forever Classic poor boyrich girl love story not a romance meets coming of age tale with an undercurrent of history In 1970s Long Island blue collar Buddy falls in love with the decidedly upper crust Skye Pennington which leads to clashes with his class conscious parents and sends him searching for his mysterious German immigrant grandfather who opens his eyes to a new way of life Grandpa Trenker takes Buddy in hand teaching him how to dress pour wine and plan out his future Grandpa Trenker has a garden a lapdog and charms Skye when Buddy brings her to visit When a local journalist suspects an SS criminal is living on the island Buddy refuses to believe Grandpa Trenker could be the infamous Gentlehands but part of growing up is accepting hard facts and this is certainly Buddy's summer for that There are no Mary Sues in this book Buddy is and admits to being a less than ideal big brother and his father at one point takes out his anger in physical violence This is not a cut and dried book where X is good and Y is bad which fits the turmoil of adolescence and the historical periods both the now of the 1970s and the horrors of WWII The characters and story will stay with readers long after the story is done I will definitely be reading from this author Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide undercurrent of history In 1970s Long Island blue collar Buddy falls in love with the decidedly The White Nights of Ramadan upper crust Skye Pennington which leads to clashes with his class conscious parents and sends him searching for his mysterious German immigrant grandfather who opens his eyes to a new way of life Grandpa Trenker takes Buddy in hand teaching him how to dress pour wine and plan out his future Grandpa Trenker has a garden a lapdog and charms Skye when Buddy brings her to visit When a local journalist suspects an SS criminal is living on the island Buddy refuses to believe Grandpa Trenker could be the infamous Gentlehands but part of growing Beyond the Pale up is accepting hard facts and this is certainly Buddy's summer for that There are no Mary Sues in this book Buddy is and admits to being a less than ideal big brother and his father at one point takes out his anger in physical violence This is not a cut and dried book where X is good and Y is bad which fits the turmoil of adolescence and the historical periods both the now of the 1970s and the horrors of WWII The characters and story will stay with readers long after the story is done I will definitely be reading from this author

Review Gentlehands

Gentlehands

Ock But Skye and Buddy fall in love anyway And every once in a while they visit Buddy's estranged grandfather who makes them forget they're from opposite sides of town Then a reporter appears searching for a man known as Gen Oh boy The thing I find truly useful about this book is its exploration of the heavy themes of the Holocaust without being a Holocaust book Written at a time 1978 when one's grandfather could have been a Nazi strongman in a concentration camp the story doesn't center on the terrible things Buddy's grandfather might have done instead the focus is on Buddy trying to find his way as a blue collared townie in love with a super rich girl outside of Montauk New York Without spoiling I'll ask Can humans change? Is redemption possible? Are there crimes so godawfully heinous that they cannot be forgiven? This book shows its age only because tape decks polyester and Barbra Streisand are no longer de rigeur otherwise the eternal themes of love loss and betrayal are poignantly rendered in this early offering from a master of teen literature Electromyography for Experimentalists useful about this book is its exploration of the heavy themes of the Holocaust without being a Holocaust book Written at a time 1978 when one's grandfather could have been a Nazi strongman in a concentration camp the story doesn't center on the terrible things Buddy's grandfather might have done instead the focus is on Buddy trying to find his way as a blue collared townie in love with a super rich girl outside of Montauk New York Without spoiling I'll ask Can humans change? Is redemption possible? Are there crimes so godawfully heinous that they cannot be forgiven? This book shows its age only because tape decks polyester and Barbra Streisand are no longer de rigeur otherwise the eternal themes of love loss and betrayal are poignantly rendered in this early offering from a master of teen literature

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Buddy Boyle lives year round with his family in unfashionable Seaville New York in a cramped little house on the bay Skye Pennington spends the summers nearby on lavish estate complete with ocean view and a butler named Peac I first read this in 8th grade English class probably around April or May of 1992 About 3 or 4 years ago I remembered it and scoped it out online Being poor it went on my to get list on and stayed there until last week when I needed to get one thing to ualify for super saver shipping for some other item and Gentlehands finally made it to the shopping cart and got checked out When it got here I opened it just to read the first page or so to see how I would like it and I ended up setting The Mayor of Casterbridge aside to just read this The prose is nice and light even if the subject matter isn't so it didn't take too long It is after all geared toward teenagersI've seen this described as a teen romance but I don't know if I'd call it that There are certainly elements of romance in this but it's so much than that There's a kid dealing with his shitheaded family The issues of class differences antisemitism drug use alcohol forgiveness or lack thereof acceptance or lack thereof and many others are explored I found myself getting really pissed off while reading and rooting for things to go the main character's way and being so emotionally vested in the work is a sign of a good story I found myself torn between a desire to see justice for crimes committed and forgiveness for a character I really likedI don't want to have to post a spoiler alert for this because I think everyone should read it It seems my memories were correct I did really like it and I still do It's not great writing though I probably say that because I've been immersed in the classics for the past few years and those are tough acts to follow as far as careful sentence crafting is concerned but this is still a great story Check it out


10 thoughts on “Gentlehands

  1. says:

    Gentlehands would have been so much better if it was actually about Gentlehands and not about Buddy Buddy was boring Skye got on my nerves Everything annoyed me And they had this whole HOLY SHIT thing going and then just basically ruined The ending unfolded in like five minutes It pisses me offffff I want the book over again from a different perspective In fact get rid of Buddy Skye all together They're boring and nobody cares I want to hear about grandpa the Italian cousin Oh and the raccoon We'll briefly discuss him


  2. says:

    I first read this in 8th grade English class probably around April or May of 1992 About 3 or 4 years ago I remembered it and scoped it out online Being poor it went on my to get list on and stayed there until last week when I needed to get one thing to ualify for super saver shipping for some other item and Gentlehands finally made it to the shopping cart and got checked out When it got here I opened it just to read the first page or so to see how I would like it and I ended up setting The Mayor of Casterbridge aside to just read this The prose is nice and light even if the subject matter isn't so it didn't take too long It is after all geared toward teenagersI've seen this described as a teen romance but I don't know if I'd call it that There are certainly elements of romance in this but it's so much than that There's a kid dealing with his shitheaded family The issues of class differences antisemitism drug use alcohol forgiveness or lack thereof acceptance or lack thereof and many others are explored I found myself getting really pissed off while reading and rooting for things to go the main character's way and being so emotionally vested in the work is a sign of a good story I found myself torn between a desire to see justice for crimes committed and forgiveness for a character I really likedI don't want to have to post a spoiler alert for this because I think everyone should read it It seems my memories were correct I did really like it and I still do It's not great writing though I probably say that because I've been immersed in the classics for the past few years and those are tough acts to follow as far as careful sentence crafting is concerned but this is still a great story Check it out


  3. says:

    4 stars for thematic elements 3 for the execution thereofCan a person be redeemed of past actions by present good deeds? Are there some events or actions that are simply unforgivable? The protagonist and we the readers are left to decide that for ourselves


  4. says:

    This novel begins like a typical teenage love story “Buddy” William Raymond Boyle is a 16 year old boy from a lower middle class family living in a small village near Montauk Long Island NY where his father is the local policeman Buddy works part time in a soda shop for a pot head named Kick Richards where he sees Skye Pennington whenever she comes into the shop Skye is the daughter of an oil mogul who summers with her family at their beachfront estate Attracted by Buddy’s good looks and her own root for the underdog nature Skye agrees to go out with him Buddy is completely impressed by the Pennington estate and the lavish carefree life style they live He had to thumb three rides to get the estate for his date with Skye; the Pennington’s have 6 cars in their garage including a Rolls Royce and a Jensen But Buddy isn’t the only fish out of water at the Pennington’s While waiting for Skye to finish getting ready for their date Buddy meets Nick De Lucca a short bald man wearing yellow tinted glasses a hearing aid that seems always to need adjusting and holding a fake cigarette to help him uit smoking De Lucca is a journalist and guest of Mrs Pennington a collector of underdogs just like her daughterTo impress Skye Buddy does the only thing he can think of – visit his maternal grandfather in Montauk a man Buddy barely knows and who is estranged from his mother Frank Trenker is a cultured sophisticated man one who listens to music loves animals and lives in an impressive house at the end of a long private driveway The house is filled with books paintings and antiues – all things the Skye is completely comfortable with while poor Buddy doesn’t have a clue about any of them When they arrive Madam Butterfly is playing on the stereo one of Skye’s favorites Skye is completely impressed by Buddy’s grandfather as he had hoped she would be Buddy is blinded by his feelings for Skye and lives for the moment he can call her When he promises his father that he will take his younger brother swimming the promise is forgotten the moment Skye asks him to come over to see her His feelings for her and his disregard of his brother begin to cause a riff between Buddy and his father and even though Buddy knows he is in trouble he is unable to do anything about it other than go running whenever Skye calls Sunday comes and Buddy is supposed to take his brother fishing but lies and promises something special when he comes back from seeing Skye Once there he can’t bring himself to leave That night as Skye and her friends are sitting around a bonfire on the beachfront part of the Pennington estate Mr De Lucca wanders over and joins them It isn’t long before some anti Semitic joke is casually made causing everyone to laugh but De Lucca This is followed by a girl’s poem about an alcoholic boyfriend she one had De Lucca then begins to recite a poem he said was written by a 15 year old girl called Gentlehands It is about an SS guard who plays the aria O dolci mani or gentlehands from the opera Tosca to torment the Italian prisoners and whom they nicknamed Gentlehands The girl is his murdered cousin She had been a prisoner in Auschwitz when this man was a guard there Everyone has assumed that DeLucca was Italian and are uite surprised when he tells them that he is in fact an Italian Jew Upset Skye tells Buddy she has to get awayA few days later they decide to drive out to visit Buddy’s grandfather again The music for the evening is La Traviata another of Skye’s favorites They are offered a glass of wine but only Buddy accepts Skye and Trenker have a long conversation about expensive pipes and he tells her that his pipe is hand carved block meerschaum imported from Turkey costing about 8000 Trenker also tells them about his one love a woman he had lived with in Cuba and who had died before he could marry her The two kids are by now completely impressed with Trenker By the end of the evening Buddy has had too much to drink and has to stay with his grandfather while Skye drives herself home Buddy ends up staying there for four days using his grandfather’s jeep to go to work and visit SkyeOn her third visit to Montauk Trenker plays the opera Tosca At the end she explains to Buddy that they are singing the aria O dolci mani or O gentle hands the same thing the SS guard played at Auschwitz Somewhat freaked she lets slip that De Lucca has been sitting outside Trenker’s house watching it but Trenker just shrugs it off Soon after this night DeLucca publishes a story in the newspaper accusing Frank Trenker of Montauk of being an SS guard that tortured and killed people in Auschwitz including his cousin His proof is irrefutable If this story began like a typical teenage love story it doesn’t end like one It was in fact a very disturbing story Kerr plays around a lot with the idea of appearance and reality with a good dose of irony and asks the reader to look at their own definitions of what for them is a good person Basing our definition of a good person on those who appear to be refined knowledgeable and sophisticated and whose possessions reflect this can be very seductive as they were for Buddy But what happens when harsh reality comes knocking and it doesn’t fit this picture? That is what Buddy must contend with in this coming of age novelThe story seemed to drag somewhat in the beginning but that appears to be Kerr’s style There is a lot of time spent on Buddy’s relationship with his family and with Skye I felt it was a little too much time Then all of a sudden things really moved The flat expository style at the beginning increased to a sharp contrast at the height of the story only to slip into a sort of flatness again at the end But that reflects the rhythm of life most days just go along and then boom an event of some kind breaks the sameness of ours days for a while then back to going along hopefully changed and wiser I always find that when I read Kerr’s books I can’t put them down This was also true of Gentlehands making it a book I would highly recommend This book is recommended for readers age 12 and upThis book was borrowed from the Hunter College LibraryGentlehands was honored with the following well deserved awards1966 1992 ALA Best of the Best Books1978 ALA Notable Children’s Books1978 ALA Best Books for Young Adults1978 School Library Journal Best Children’s Books 1978 Christopher Award winner1978 NYT Best Children’s Books1993 cited for Margaret A Edwards Award


  5. says:

    This book started out as a poor town boy meets rich summer girl story There was a bit of class tension but nothing really serious Then it took a turn Someone accuses Buddy's grandfather who he only recently met of having been a guard at Auschwitz in WWII Buddy doesn't want to believe it and he has to try to stand up for him against the rest of the town


  6. says:

    Oh boy The thing I find truly useful about this book is its exploration of the heavy themes of the Holocaust without being a Holocaust book Written at a time 1978 when one's grandfather could have been a Nazi strongman in a concentration camp the story doesn't center on the terrible things Buddy's grandfather might have done instead the focus is on Buddy trying to find his way as a blue collared townie in love with a super rich girl outside of Montauk New York Without spoiling I'll ask Can humans change? Is redemption possible? Are there crimes so godawfully heinous that they cannot be forgiven? This book shows its age only because tape decks polyester and Barbra Streisand are no longer de rigeur otherwise the eternal themes of love loss and betrayal are poignantly rendered in this early offering from a master of teen literature


  7. says:

    Classic poor boyrich girl love story not a romance meets coming of age tale with an undercurrent of history In 1970s Long Island blue collar Buddy falls in love with the decidedly upper crust Skye Pennington which leads to clashes with his class conscious parents and sends him searching for his mysterious German immigrant grandfather who opens his eyes to a new way of life Grandpa Trenker takes Buddy in hand teaching him how to dress pour wine and plan out his future Grandpa Trenker has a garden a lapdog and charms Skye when Buddy brings her to visit When a local journalist suspects an SS criminal is living on the island Buddy refuses to believe Grandpa Trenker could be the infamous Gentlehands but part of growing up is accepting hard facts and this is certainly Buddy's summer for that There are no Mary Sues in this book Buddy is and admits to being a less than ideal big brother and his father at one point takes out his anger in physical violence This is not a cut and dried book where X is good and Y is bad which fits the turmoil of adolescence and the historical periods both the now of the 1970s and the horrors of WWII The characters and story will stay with readers long after the story is done I will definitely be reading from this author


  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this book There's so much happening that it's hard to classify the story On the outside it looks like a teen romance novel that explores class differences It also talks about drug and alcohol use Antisemitism and family communication issues A mom who won't forgive her father for not being a part of her life and chooses to ignore him now Bringing us to the eccentric grandfather who turns out to be a Nazi war criminal known as GentlehandsThe story is told from Buddy's point of view and I enjoyed how that led us thru his discoveries and emotions When we meet Gentlehands he truly is a gentle person We're left to decide for ourselves if his actions today should erase his actions during the war


  9. says:

    I read this book as a child and it always stuck with me Thanks to google I was able to find out what the book was I remembered reading about a boy who’s grandfather was accused of being an SS officer Reading this book now as an adult it is filled with so many lessons and is much bigger than a boy getting to know his grandfather without really knowing him at all The main part of this story is the fact that Buddy is falling in love with the idea of his summer crush and he will stop at nothing to impress her including carrying on in a life that is not his with someone who is really not who they think it is Loved so many things about this book even now then ever I’m glad I was able to reread this and find it again


  10. says:

    I know my colleagues are sick of this one but the kids still LOVE it It does seem dated but unfortunately there is always something in the news to which we can relate it And I'm a fan of anything that gets kids to read Kerr does that


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