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on 4 July 2017
perfect
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on 25 December 2012
This book thrives only on the greatness of the film from which it is derived. As a previous review suggested, a book can be a way of taking a great movie and enriching it through the depth and interest of character emotions and thoughts. Unfortunately, very little of this is present and it becomes, as such, a little too reminiscent of reading a glorified plot summary.

Having said this, of all the film plots to reiterate into literature, this is far from the worst... it is in fact one of my favourite movies. Of course, the messages that the film embodies remain present and intact in the novelisation, but in this rare occasion I would have to recommend the film itself over the book.
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on 6 January 1999
Yes, I admit, I loved the movie and it's definitely one of the two best movies in the world. And that's the reason I can't tell you how disappointed I was about this book. The author seemed to have watched the movie and while he did that, he wrote just down what he saw. Hardly any emotions, feelings or thoughts of the characters are mentioned, and I think that's what a book is about, that's what makes it something other than just a long review of the movie. Sure, the story and the message are still great - and that's the only thing that makes give it two stars instead of one. My advice: Watch the movie another time instead of reading this plain book.
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on 25 February 2013
It was a good book, interesting story with a great message. But the movie is actually better than the book. The book retells the story, but doesn’t go very deep into the characters emotions, feelings and thoughts throughout the story.
The story does have a great message and if you read the book make sure to watch the film as well.
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on 17 March 1999
One Reviewer of this book ended with: "The authorities win over the Society." Another ended with the question: "Will the Society survive in spite of authority?" My answer is a resounding YES! Why? Because Poetic License (free speech) and Poetic Justice (As You Like It) always triumphs in the end. Trust me :)
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on 6 April 1997
I just finished reading "Dead Poets Society" by N.H. Kleinbaum and I have been greatly inspired by it. Dead Poets Society is about a group of young boys in they're high school years. They go to a high-maintence all-boy school, where they are pushed towards excellence. Along with this stress, they are forced to join certain clubs, societies, etc. Todd Anderson and some of his friends, go to Welton Academy, and are inspired by the new english teacher Mr.Keating. Keating teaches them poetry beyond textbooks and worksheets. Todd and his friends soon find out about the Dead Poets Society, and meet in a nearby cave, just like the long-ago Dead Poets did, which Mr.Keating once belonged to. In cave they become free, and express themselves in a way they'd never imagined. The boys' live change because of Mr.Keatings, but the authorities have they're doubts. The authorities disapprove of Mr.Keating's way of teaching, and of the secret Dead Poets Society. The pledges of the club soon become to realize that they're dreams and inspirations couldn't compete with the demand of the authorities.
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on 10 July 2014
Exactly what I wanted, very pleased with the product! Fantastic book.
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on 1 January 1999
I'VE WATCHED THE MOVIE ABOUT 7 TIMES, BUT EACH TIME, I LOVE IT EVEN MORE! THIS IS AN OSCAR-NOMINATED FILM IN 1989 (I'M SORRY IT DIDN'T WIN THE OSCARS FOR BEST PICTURE). IT'S A TRULY INSPIRING AND POIGNENT STORY ABOUT HUMAN LIVES AND ASPIRATIONS. IT TELLS US THAT EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS BORN WITH A DEEP SENSE OF LOVE AND PASSION IN THEIR HEART. BUT SOMETIMES, IT NEEDS THE RIGHT KIND OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM A CARING AND UNDERSTANDING PERSON TO HELP BRING THEM OUT. EG. ONE OF THE CHARACTERS, NEIL, IS A GOOD STUDENT AND FILIAL SON BUT IS PRESSURED BY HIS PARENTS TO LIVE UP TO THEIR EXPECTATIONS TO BE A DOCTOR. BUT MR. KEATING, THE NEW TEACHER SHOWED HIM (AND THE OTHER STUDENTS) THAT LIFE IS TO BE LIVED TO THE FULLEST AND HE SHOULD FOLLOW THE WAY OF THE HEART. MR. KEATING ALSO BROUGHT OUT THE POET IN TODD ANDERSON, WHO WAS INITIALLY A VERY TIMID BOY OVERSHADOWED BY HIS OLDER BROTHER'S ACADEMIC ACHIVEMENT AT THE ACADEMY. THIS MOVIE/BOOK SHOULD NOT BE MISSED BY ANYONE - STUDENTS, WORKING ADULTS, PARENTS, EVERYBODY! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
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on 7 November 1997
This book was a very good book it put things in a proportion that all people could realate to. I thought the book was also good because yet it was fiction it still gave a lot to learn from it. I would recommend this book to all ages.
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on 22 July 1999
In Welton Academy Todd, Neil, Knox, Nuwanda, Pitts and Cameron discover the beauty on poetry being incouraged by their english teacher John Keating but the passion and beauty for the reading of poetry leads sometimes to tragical endings. The film is outstanding which includes a cast of young actors that now are part of the hottest stars in Hollywood and one of the most outstanding actors Robin Williams followed by Kurtwood Smith.
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