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Old School Paperback – 7 Feb 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (7 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747574650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747574651
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An absolute classic. a great work of literary criticism as well as a beautiful memoir and a brilliant novel" -- Paul Morley, Newsnight Review

‘A wonderful, subtle novel’ -- Geoff Dyer, Books of the Year, Daily Telegraph

‘I liked Toby Wolff’s Old School – a droll, brilliantly achieved evocation of literary competitiveness and self-delusion’ -- Ian McEwan, Guardian Books of the Year

‘Think Dead Poets’ Society crossed with The Catcher in the Rye ... a beautifully crafted all-American coming-of-age tale’ -- Esquire

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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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