Old School Paperback
by Tobias Wolff
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 07/02/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747574651
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Review by cliffagogo
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.
Review by stephenmurphy
Excellent. A book about books. I love it.
Review by jemsw
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.
Review by lizpatanders
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.
Review by nmele
Wow! Wish I could write like this!
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