At one prestigious American public school, the boys like to emphasise their democratic ideals the only acknowledged snobbery is literary snobbery Once a term, a big name from the literary world visits and a contest takes place The boys have to submit a piece of writing and the winner receives a private audience with the visitor But then it is announced that Hemingway,At one prestigious American public school, the boys like to emphasise their democratic ideals the only acknowledged snobbery is literary snobbery Once a term, a big name from the literary world visits and a contest takes place The boys have to submit a piece of writing and the winner receives a private audience with the visitor But then it is announced that Hemingway, the boys hero, is coming to the school The competition intensifies, and the morals the school and the boys pride themselves on honour, loyalty and friendship are crumbling under the strain Only time will tell who will win and what it will cost them.
Old School At one prestigious American public school the boys like to emphasise their democratic ideals the only acknowledged snobbery is literary snobbery Once a term a big name from the literary world visits
VOGLIA DI RICOMINCIARE Romanzo consigliato da un amico scrittore, che parla molto di scrittori e scrittura Parla della vita attraverso la scrittura di letteratura, vuoi poesia o racconto.Per capire quanto importante l aspetto dello scrivere cito la visione ricorrente del protagonista, autentico incubo Essere invitato a una festa con moltissimi scrittori e scoprire che, dopo cos tanti anni di lavoro, non avevo un posto a tavola.Mi ha riportato indietro a quel tempo che si suole definire anni verd [...]
What a book Despite the tranquil title, it s been an engrossing emotional roller coaster, which made me feel dizzy The setting of Old School 2003 by Tobias Wolff is an elite boarding school in the United States in 1960 61 The unnamed narrator is one of the students, book drunk boys , obsessed with literature and creative writing one could not live in a world without stories The school regularly organizes a competition and the prize is a private audience with a notorious author The desire to win [...]
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Want to read something funny and literate Read this memoir.There are few books that provide this much hilarity, wisdom and grace.Old School, though categorized as a novel, is a thinly veiled memoir of Tobias Wolff s own experience as a scholarship boy in an elite prep school The action largely centers on the boys writing competitions Three times a year, a famous author would visit the school and choose one boy s writing as the best As a reward, that boy earned a private audience with the author [...]
Meredith recommends reading This Boy s Life or In Pharaoh s Army Memories of the Lost War, parts 1 and 2 of this author s memoirs, instead of this fiction novel if you ve never read Hemingway or Rand That said, I ve never read Hemingway or Rand but I ve heard of their reputations, and really enjoyed this.Does anyone remember getting a flier in high school saying you ve been so successful that you re chosen to be listed in the Who s Who In American High Schools I was too naive to recognize a scam [...]
Imagine yourself as a young writer at a prestigious boarding school A prominent member of the faculty has just read your submission for a contest He is genuinely excited for you A marvelous story Pure magic No no not magic Alchemy The dross of self consciousness transformed into the gold of self knowledge Pretty heady stuff, isn t it Old School s protagonist was at an experiential high point when he heard that one The truth is there are moments within the book where you could congratulate Wolff [...]
A review dedicated to and inspired by my friend Eh , who reads things backwards.This book is way literary meta It s so meta that there are prereq reading requirements for an optimal experience Everyone knows Robert Frost, right So, I m not putting him on the list But, I require you to read Atlas Shrugged, The Sun Also Rises, and if you liked The Sun Also Rises, but not if you hated it A Farewell to Arms before you read Old School If you don t care for Hemingway, you ll probably not care for this [...]
I imagined as I was reading this book what a contemporary YA literary agent or editor would say upon receiving Tobias Wolff s story of a young man s experience in a New England preparatory school one of those that can claim a U.S president as an alumni but is way too classy to ever mention this fact outright I see my imaginary literary agent, my imaginary editor, asking where s the conflict, the plot twists, the romance, the Big Ideas, the high stakes And it saddens me to think that today this b [...]
So, I want to live in this book This is a bittersweet book about mythe myth of being innocent, and the myth of what it s like going to a private school a private, cloistered high school As a big time literature nerd aficionado, the school in this novel is every bit as magical as Hogwarts visits from writers like Hemingway, Ayn Rand, Robert Frost, writing contests to actually get to hang out with themowing they d actually read something you d WRITTEN You know, THIS kind of school Most of us can o [...]
Hot damn I do realize this was on my currently reading shelf for one long stretch of time, but I must confess, I had only done a cursory read of a few pages.Well, last night, I visited the land of IKEA dreadful place that I rarely venture to and bought myself a reading lamp Wanting to try out my latest device, I picked up this book and began to read This was at Midnight I m a bit of a night owl Well, I got so engrossed in this book that I read the entire thing Finished around 4 in the morning an [...]
I picked this one up at the library on a whim and was hooked with the first chapter It s a short, and I gather semi autobiographical, novel about an elite boys prep school somewhere in New England The protagonist is a scholarship boy from who fits in with his peers mostly by allowing people to think he s something that he isn t The lies are in omission, rather than commission But gradually he lives the lies until they become him This is also a book about books poetry, novels, writing and readin [...]
At Donald Hall s house, he talked quite a bit about formalism and style in literary traditions He told me that a person can t really move into the contemporary unless they have read pre 1800 s writing and beyond In Charles Simic s classes, he taught a delicate, elegant modern aesthetic his approach was arachnid, mysterious, dark and removed his writing is about the hidden and therefore, he admires any approach used to unleash what one can usually only whisper about while Billy Collins wrote to [...]
At first this seems to be just a straightforward, well written and enjoyable memoir but then you notice that the author has woven in several themes and motifs, in very subtle way Truth, honesty, loyalty, self knowledge are touched upon in each of the chapters as the story itself continues There is the tension about the narrators Jewishness, and class difference that stirrs underneath the surface The novel is about writing and writers as well, discussing and portraying Ayn Rand, Hemingway, Frost. [...]
OLD SCHOOL is written in the form of a fictionalized memoir of a student at an elite, circa 1960s, prep school full of book drunk boys Through a series of student writing competitions to win the prize of a private audience with a well know author, the reader of this book is treated to a profile of Carl Sandburg, Ayn Rand, and Earnest Hemingway Along the way we are taught a lesson in how ambition disguised as passion for writing can lead to unfortunate outcomes There is a hilarious bit of humor i [...]
A strong 4.5 only because the ending lost some momentum for me which may have been intentional since for the first 2 3 of the book, the narrator is reflecting back on his last year of prep school which ends rather suddenly Definitely a book lovers book homage to American literature, to the teachers who are passionate about it and to the early 60s, before the deaths of JFK and Ernest Hemingway and the general upheaval later in the decade Wolff s writing pulls you right into the narrator s insular [...]
the prodigal paragraphthis book had one of the best final paragraphs i ve ever read ever since i finished the book a few months ago, i am oftentimes reminded of it Arch stopped and looked down the garden to where the headmaster stood by the drinks table with another master The headmaster said, Late for his own funeral and everyone laughed, then he put his glass down and came toward Arch with both hands outstretched Though the headmaster was the younger man, and much shorter, and though Arch was [...]
I enjoyed this novel very much, perhaps most of all because it reminded me of my own reading experiences in high school how falling in love with Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Tom Robbins, Sandra Cisneros, and Flaubert shaped my sense of self or my desire to have a specific kind of self And just like Wolff s narrator, I had a brief love affair with Ayn Rand s Fountainhead, which ended when I tried to read Atlas Shrugged It s a simple novel that does something bold yet still subtle how can that be in [...]
Un romanzo poco convincete, nonostante la trama mi avesse incuriosita In questa storia il tema portante si perde, si ritrova e si perde nuovamente Alla fatica del comprendere dove lo scrittore voglia condurre il lettore, si associa anche una dose di noia dovuta all eccesso di informazioni e dettagli inutili su tanti personaggi che sarebbero tutti molto interessanti, ma vengono abbandonati lungo la storia, senza un perch Wolff non mi ha comunque delusa del tutto, penso che legger altro, alcune ri [...]
So this was beautifully written and set in my absolute favorite sort of boarding school setting, but what I REALLY loved about it was Wolff s ability to connect the experience of being a young reader The relationships that the boys in the book have with literature makes me feel so nostalgic for the first time I read Salinger or Vonnegut and I just fell totally, utterly in love with an author So short and affecting and totally consuming.
Star rating means little this cut real deep.
Remarkable bookelite school for young men who compete for chance to have private conference with famous authors among other things For lovers of literature.Published 2003 Setting US prep school in 1960 s Literature Greats include Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Ayn Rand President Kennedy s era and aura and the very real and beautifully portrayed growing up angst experienced by the school s population as well as their teachers.This is my first book by this author although I recently read one of h [...]
I m a public school kid I spent my elementary years in an inner city school where the teachers manually cranked out math assignments from the old mimeograph and our school books were donated by richer school districts From sixth until twelfth grade, I moved into one of those richer school districts and enjoyed the novelty of a Xerox, but watched as our 30 year old natatorium began to collapse in on itself I finished off my educational career at a state university, where funding was ample enough [...]
WOW this is a damn fine book Some amazing writing here In fact, I think the best way to prove to you folks that this Wolff guy is a beast, as the kids say these days, is to quote some passages right here The heat from the fire brought a flush to her face and made her perfume thicker, headier She turned to Mr Rice, an English master and a southerner himself, who was tapping his ashes from his pipe into the fireplace Do you think she ll come tonight she asked Patty was his second wife, a friend of [...]
i read this book on the advice of nick hornby after reading a collection of articles he wrote for the mcsweeney s magazine the believer which had been compiled into book form i pretty much hated the nick hornby articles for their cutesy, self satisfied tone, i think, and also for the way he kept faux dissing the believer as an overly fey literary mag and therefore underscoring himself as a salt of the earth regular type of guy basically the whole book is packed with obvious false modesty and sel [...]
Old School reads like a memoir and although the fictional prep school set in the 1960s is nameless, the photo on the front cover was taken of Hill School, where, coincidently Wolff was a student No matter, I think this was a story of finding oneself and gaining insight into others It s written in simplistic style and I loved how Wolff interposed authors throughout the novel such as Robert Frost, Ayn Rand, and Ernest Hemingway He even gave a nod to the author James Jones From Here to Eternity and [...]
I loved this book It s a bit pretentious, there s a bit of wish fulfillment on the part of the author, and it s a bit obvious at times, but the novel itself is astounding I m either blinded by my past as an attendee of an all male school, or this book really is the beautifully woven, wonderfully told exploration into the mind of an author that I see it as Perhaps the truth is somewhere in the middle Either way, highly recommended.
Tobias Wolff cala il lettore nell universo tipicamente americano delle prep school e non dei college, come erroneamente riportato in quarta di copertina , ossia i licei collegio dove gli adolescenti vengono preparati all universit L ambientazione si presta duttilmente a un romanzo di formazione obliquo, che soprattutto una riflessione sulla letteratura rigorosamente americana e sullo scrivere Il manifesto di Wolff semplice l onest intellettuale il primo strumento che lo scrittore deve imparare a [...]
First things first this is not a movie tie in No earmuffs, No Hank the Tank, no Andy Dick seminars It is, rather, a nostalgic coming of age novel set in the early 60s with a neat conceit each year at the narrator s exclusive prep school, a literary master visits campus, igniting fierce competition among the preps for the golden opportunity to have their writing evaluated and, just maybe, be discovered The three luminaries here are Robert Frost, Ayn Rand, and Ernest Hemingway In the hands of some [...]
This author falls under the humbling yet appreciated category of Why Do I Even Bother Wolff s mastership is evident from page one a sympathetic yet flawed and nameless protagonist is on scholarship in a prep school this read a bit like a male version of Prep at times and wants desperately to be counted among the great writers and succumbs to temptation to get there I loved, loved loved this book It was beautifully written and moving, and at times hysterically funny though in a literary sort of w [...]
Wolff s tale leaves you wondering where the bio ends and fiction begins Very fascinating and well written Having attended a competative boarding school myself, I strongly identify with this character, especially how he interacts with other kids when I 1st arrived at school, I also feel I was in a different world My peers dressed, talked walked differently The author s reaction to this is fascinating.I also enjoyed the sections describing authors who came to the school to lecture I wonder if Rand [...]