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Street Rod Paperback – 1963

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1963)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007FGIYK
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 3.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,317,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By desertowl on May 4, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I haven't read this book for thirty years or more. I read this one and Felson's "Hot Rod," and loved them both. Both books depict 'delinquents' finding themselves through their fascination with the automobile. As I recall, the books are sort of object lessons against irresponsible driving. There is at least one deadly car wreck in each book, with one tragically taking the lives of a couple under-age boys in a 'borrowed' car. I can only remember a very small amount of the fiction I read that long ago, but certain aspects and scenes of these two books stick with me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gfoster@xs4all.nl on February 22, 2000
Format: Library Binding
This is well written, and spoke to me as an early reader and rodder in my young teens. I recently re-read this after thinking about it for nearly thirty years and was amazed at how well Felsen captures the raw energy of self-possessed teens who want only one thing--wheels! Wheels mean freedom, and Felsen's descriptions of throbbing straight pipes and sagging springs, dreams of polished chrome and gracious lines, will ignite the fire in any old soul who wants to re-live the memories of their adoloscent quest for a place in the universe where rods are the key to independence and self-expression. I am now ready to pass this work along if anyone is interested, as I have lived again my youth and dreams through Felsen's words. Read and enjoy, and may someone soon make this come alive on film for everyone!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fred L. Zimmer on December 16, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I had a chance to correspond wih Felsen several years ago. He said this book was out-of-print because his publisher said it was old fashioned.WRONG!
I used it in my English classes in the mid- seventies and I know of two schools that teach its lessons today.
The story is simply: 'boy gets car'[also another title of this book],boy gets girl, boy loses girl, etc. I noticed the similarities in 'Christine'by S. King.When I brought that up to Mr. Felsen, he told me Steven King once referenced 'Street Rod'as one of the few books that scared him! The scare is in the message. Heavy-handed for the fifties but mildly plain-spoken for todays TVTeens . I recommend it for all readers especially 'reluctant readers', but who am I. Read it yourself for yourself. I have.Dozens of times.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Klein on March 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
With a book like "Street Rod," the title of my review could take on more than one meaning. It could be referring to the practice of pushing one's accelerator pedal down as far as it will go, like Ricky did more than once in the story. On the other hand, it could also describe the way you will most likely feel after reaching the end of the book. I know I felt that way. Since I don't want to reveal the ending and spoil it for those lucky enough to get a hold of this book, let me just say that the final few pages will leave you scratching your head and asking "Why?"
All in all, this is a good read, in my opinion. There are some times when it drags a little bit, but the action sequences more than make up for these occurences. I found myself literally flying across the pages at times, as I followed the exploits of Ricky and his friends in the early '50s heartland of America. As you read this review, keep in mind that I'm a 24 year old college student. The lessons in this story still hold true today, over 50 years after this book was first published. I only wonder how this story would appear if it were written today. You'd have tricked-out imports dragging in the midnight hours instead of old jalopies. Wait a minute, I think I just described a recent movie or two there. *laughs*
In all seriousness though, I would gladly recommend this book to any young driver to read. I think it would do a lot to at least make them think before going out and getting too reckless on the highways. I know if I had read it back when I'd just gotten my license, I probably would have been more careful than I was in my early driving days. A good book, despite its age. Check it out if you can find a copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James P Allan on February 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
I checked this book out from the school library in 1976, when I was about 14 years old. The copy in the library was an old, worn-out book, with no cover. It had rarely been checked out since it's acquisition, and was probably a donated, used book at that point.
I read the book, and related much with the main character. I had already started saving my money to purchase that first "fixer-upper", just as in the book, even though I was still two years from being licensed to drive. I still remember the impact that the last couple of pages had on me.
About a year later, I bought the book for 25 cents, when the library liquidated it. I'm 50 years old now, and I've easily read 1000 books since then. I still own that old library copy of the book; however, and consider it one of the most influential in my life of those I've read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T.M. Reader on September 16, 2007
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What this is, is a 1953 adolescent based/targeted novel about teenage boys and hot rods. In spite of the "preachiness" about highway safety (as author Henry Gregor Felsen was wont to do), the book has a certain can't put it down quality. It is centered on a small quiet Iowa town, and the teenage boys and their cars, girls, rivalries, and tensions with their parents and law enforcement. The central characters are 16 year old Ricky Madison, his girl Sharon, and his '39 Ford coupe.

There is plenty of action and even a heart-stopping ending chapter. For gray hairs (like myself), it is an interesting and rewarding nostalgic read, especially with regard to the cars and those teenage years.

Something you may not know -- If after closing the last chapter of Street Rod, you feel that you want more (I did) -- the story continues in a sequel Felsen novel titled, Cup of Fury (republished in paperback as Rag Top). The New York Times book review called this work, "Superlatively good . . . strikingly written". It is written on a much more mature level than Street Rod, and on a definitely darker note. Rare and pricey, but an excellent read.
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