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A Novella with much to recommend it,
This review is from: A Good School (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)A Good School is a semi-autobigraphical novella/slim book that has much to recommend it. It is Yates doing what he does best: describing in spare, economical prose the fragile often wounded psyches of a group of American boys and their teachers: the storyline is deceptively simple but utterly absorbing. Like so much of Yates' writing this is a little gem with its exquisitely honed prose, the deliberate understatement of emotion only serving to highlight the underlying agonies and confusion of impressionistic youth. It is not my favourite book by Yates but it has much to recommend it.
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Initial post: 31 Mar 2009 13:50:02 BDT
Wayne Lee Stedman says:
I agree, mainly. But as an American who was seven years old at the time of the story, and who used to sing Over Hill, Over Dale, as We Hit the Dusty Trail, a WWII sone probably all the kids in the usa knew back then, I found this story very touching about that era. Of course, I had three Uncles in the War, one who didnt survive and two who did, from both sides of the family.
wayne stedman, paris.
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