This Is The Schoolroom Paperback – 1 Jan 2009
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About the Author
Nicholas Monsarrat was born in Liverpool and educated at Cambridge University, where he studied law. His career as a solicitor encountered a swift end when he decided to leave Liverpool for London, with a half-finished manuscript under his arm and £40 in his pocket. His first book to attract attention was the largely autobiographical 'This is the Schoolroom'. During World War II he joined the Royal Navy and served in corvettes. His war experience provided the framework for the novel 'HMS Marlborough will enter Harbour', one of his best known books. 'The Cruel Sea' was made into a classic film starring Jack Hawkins. Established as a top name writer, Monsarrat's career concluded with 'The Master Mariner'. Well known for his concise story telling and tense narrative, he became one of the most successful novelists of the twentieth century, whose rich and varied collection bears the hallmarks of a truly gifted writer. A professional who gives us our money's worth. The entertainment value is high' - Daily Telegraph
Top Customer Reviews
Partly autobiographical, Monsarrat graduated with a honors degree in law in 1931 from Trinity College Cambridge and worked in a Nottingham solicitor's office for two years before moving to London to become a freelance writer. Some of his 1930's terminology and slang may be unfamiliar, particularly with non-UK readers but wikipedia and google are useful resources which may be helpful. His description of the Cotswolds is beautiful, and there are some rather clever phrases like: "And though of course one must guard against too high a degree of specialization-you remember the definition of a specialist? 'A man who learns more and more about less and less, until finally he knows everything about nothing.'"
The Social Realism and Class Division Themes of this novel is a precursor to the Angry Young Men writers which followed. These include John Osborne's, Look Back In Anger(1956); John Braine's, Room At The Top(1957) and Life At The Top(1962); Alan Sillitoe's, Saturday Night And Sunday Morning(1958) and The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner(1959); and David Storey's, This Sporting Life(1960.) All of which were made into quality films, called the post-War Kitchen Sink Dramas.
I admire his low-key but perceptive realism, avoiding melodrama. Courage & Reason, not Fear & Rage.
[Amazon UK: See my review at www.Amazon.com]