Old School, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)


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.




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In his first novel, Wolff chooses dusty ivy league American college life as his setting. Real life literary figures such as Hemingway and Robert Frost have bit-parts in this enjoyable slice of (dare I say it) ‘coming-of-age’ fiction.

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Excellent. A book about books. I love it.

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This novel spends so much time pondering the idea of literary honesty, and yet it seems incapable of truly plumbing the messy realities of human existence. Wolff is funny, engaging, and always enjoyable, yet the novel feels, in the end, like fluff.

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I listened to this book on CD during a road trip with my parents, and although I slept through a few parts, what I heard I strongly disliked. Although it's a coming of age story, I can only bear to watch a main character make so many mistakes in one novel.

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Wow! Wish I could write like this!

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