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- File Size: 688 KB
- Print Length: 190 pages
- Publisher: Valancourt Books (28 May 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D38NQN4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #411,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Fourth of June Kindle Edition
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This book changed that and was one of many small shifts in direction that made the Sixties swing and built modern Britain.
A brilliant debut from a young novelist who went on to produce many other notable, but largely under-appreciated, books, The Fourth of June exploded the myth of power associated with public schools and with Eton in particular, a world where institutionalised bullying and privilege is assumed to create character, loyalty and integrity. It is a very human tale, touching and unsensational, but scalpel-sharp in its writing and satire.
Although it is something of a period piece, its re-release is incredibly timely. Once again, Old Etonians hold the highest positions in government and Michael Gove's policies hail a return to the educational values of the 1950s - values that this book does much to discredit.
This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how both culture and education got to where they are today - and where they might go if left unchecked.
More than just a rocket up the arse of the establishment, however, this novel is comic as well as witty and the balance between the author's stripping away of the pretences surrounding public school practices and his sense of humour is finely preserved. It is a subtle book for all it is also revelatory, for one comes to feel some sympathy with the boys - some of those who perpetuate the system unthinkingly are not culpable, or not necessarily so. Perhaps the viciousness of the public school system and its reliance on tradition and privilege was merely a symptom of the inflated egos of an establishment that has since disappeared? I very much doubt that the snobbery has abated much, however, because above all of the faults here depicted, this seems to me to be both the most pernicious and prevailing.
The novel is beautifully written with a fine eye for comic circumstances and a delicate ear for what passes for wit and sarcasm among public schoolboys. Characters are very well established and even the comic ones are believable. There is some excellent writing, particularly the set-piece of the climax of the fourth of June celebrations.
Most recent customer reviews
The horrors (for some boys) of Eton College as it used to be was of some interest, but not much.Published on 24 Jun. 2015 by Andrew Wells
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's style and language is old-fashioned to the 2014 reader and at times made me squirm. Read morePublished on 21 May 2014 by peter2305
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