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  • Paperback
  • 195
  • Old School
  • Tobias Wolff
  • English
  • 21 March 2019
  • 9780375701498

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characters Old School ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Hing on earth to become a writer But to do that he must first learn to tell the truth about himselfThe agency of revelation is the school literary contest whose winner will be awarded an audience with the most legendary writer of his time As the fever of competit. 35 stars rounded up to 4 A true piece of writing is a dangerous thing It can change your life Old School presents its readers with a concise exploration of the complexities of writing and interpretation Tobias Wolff exerts exuisite control over his prose evoking through his sparse yet vivid language the rarefied world in which his unmanned narrator moves in Wolff brings to life the youth of the days past and their strive for artistic recognition capturing the various undercurrents that are at play in their exclusive school The almost physical attraction to privilege the resolve to be near it at any cost sycophancy lies self suppression the masking of ambitions and desires the slow cowardly burn of resentment toward those for whose favor you have falsified yourself What seems at first to be an idyllic environment reveals itself as a place for competitiveness since as our narrator himself points out if the school had a snobbery it would confess to this was its pride in being a literary place Most students our protagonist included guard their writing efforts with suspicion and are wary of criticism The winner of the literary contest held by their school is awarded with a one on one meeting with famous writers Robert Frost Ayn Rand and Hemingway all make an appearance in Old School I never thought about making connections My aspirations were mystical I wanted to receive the laying on of hands that had written living stories and poems hands that had touched the hands of other writers I wanted to be anointed The protagonist of this novel has mythologised this audience attributing to this meeting a sense of sublimity and viewing the writers he admires through the eyes of a disciple Yet his grappling with his voice and is often influenced by the writing of those he reveres His desire to win the competition leads to fraying relationships with his roommate friends and to a certain extent his relatives For years now I had hidden my family in calculated silences and vague hints and dodges suggesting another family in its place The untruth of my position had given me an obscure chronic sense of embarrassment yet since I hadn t outright lied I could still blind myself to its cause Unacknowledged shame enters the world as anger I naturally turned mine against the snobbery of others Additionally our narrator is struggling with self knowledge Having taken pains to project a certain image of himself his own class consciousness alienates him from other students Soon his blindsided determination to win tests his already strained relationships and sees him rejecting truth in favour of self deception The narrator s undoing is not easy to read Yet his narration retains this ambivalent uality that I found uite enthralling In some ways Old School does for a 60s prep school what Teddy Wayne s Apartment does for a 90s creative writing course Both of these books are deceptively slender and pack a real emotional punch Both of narrators are ambition driven and their path to self discovery is treacherousIf you are interested in a novel with plenty of insights on writing and authorial intent or for a story that chronicles a boy s troubling self discovery look no further Some of my favourite uotes It had become a fashion at school to draw lines between certain writers as if to like one meant you couldn t like the other Now they sounded different to me The very heedlessness of their voices defined the distance that had opened up between us That easy brimming gaiety already seemed impossibly remote no longer the true life I would wake to each morning but a paling dream Loyalty is a matter of dates virtue itself is often a matter of seconds Read reviews on my blog View all my reviews on Goodreads

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characters Old School ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB The protagonist of Tobias Wolff’s shrewdly and at times devastatingly observed first novel is a boy at an elite prep school in 1960 He is an outsider who has learned to mimic the negligent manner of his privileged classmates Like many of them he wants than anyt. Imagine yourself as a young writer at a prestigious boarding school A prominent member of the faculty has just read your submission for a contest He is genuinely excited for you A marvelous story Pure magic No no not magic Alchemy The dross of self consciousness transformed into the gold of self knowledge Pretty heady stuff isn t it Old School s protagonist was at an experiential high point when he heard that one The truth is there are moments within the book where you could congratulate Wolff for the same achievement More than once I asked myself whether a passage was so good because of its insights or because of the way it was worded The answer was typically bothThe story was set in the early 60 s at a prep school for boys somewhere in New England The narrator who never gave his name was on scholarship there It was an eccentric bookish place where writers not athletes were the heroes if you can imagine that The school featured a series of literary competitions where the prize for each was one on one time with whatever notable figure was recruited as judge Robert Frost was the first The old man passed on our boy s work in favor of one he misinterpreted as having depth and irony that in truth was simple and earnest Think of Peter Sellers character in Being There For the second competition Ayn Rand was judge The narrator was seduced by her philosophy of self interest to the point of obsession reading The Fountainhead four times Then he became deliriously ill He was too sick to write an entry but thought he could at least go to her talk As she turned her disgusted face on him after he sneezed he was uickly disillusioned She made me feel that to be sick was contemptible The final competition was the big one Hemingway his hero was the judge The whole school felt a kinship to the man via stories of friendship with one of the teachers formed during the Great War The drama really begins as the narrator thinks of what to write And this is where I stop summarizing because I might give too much away if I don t Let s just say that the truth can have good days and bad days I ll also hint to you that class privilege and identity come into play but it s all by the teaspoon not the trowel full People who would know have called this a thinly veiled memoir This is a natural form for Wolff who has a great reputation as a memoirist All I know is the writing seemed exceptionally good His short stories have always rated well too If associations are at all indicative I ll mention a wiki factoid He was on the faculty with Raymond Carver at Syracuse and students who worked with Wolff while he was there included Jay McInerney Tom Perrotta George Saunders and Alice SeboldThis was close to a 5 star book for me but I m compelled to take one away because the main character s clash with himself seemed a wee bit contrived Or maybe it was just inconsistent with the way I d been viewing him And since I ll have you believe I m a paragon of virtue myself high standards unmet get a demerit

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characters Old School ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ion infects the boy and his classmates fraying alliances exposing weaknesses Old School explores the ensuing deceptions and betrayals with an unblinking eye and a bottomless store of empathy The result is further evidence that Wolff is an authentic American maste. So I want to live in this book This is a bittersweet book about myththe myth of being innocent and the myth of what it s like going to a private school a private cloistered high school As a big time literature nerd aficionado the school in this novel is every bit as magical as Hogwarts visits from writers like Hemingway Ayn Rand Robert Frost writing contests to actually get to hang out with themknowing they d actually read something you d WRITTEN You know THIS kind of schoolMost of us can only conceive of these schools from the images we ve gotten from movies or novels In fact the snootiest high school in Indianapolis seems downright gritty compared to this school My own high school experience had NOTHING in common with what Tobias went throughit s the same as the myth we have of the college experience full of partying heavy drinking adventures and the part where reality falls down somehow staying in school and finishing a degree You can act like Van Wilder as much as you want For half a semester before you re back at your parent s houseWolff recognizes how easily these myths can be shattered but he immerses us in this world that s totally divorced from anything most of us have experienced Well the ENVIRONMENT is totally different but we may recognize some of the people goofy boys it s a boys school acting stupid energetic self absorbed and horny In other words acting like high schoolers Wolff captures the navel gazing attitude of the writerwhich probably wasn t a huge stretchbut makes this young author as flighty and and sexually frustrated as we all were at that age well I was anyway In other words the characters worked and the setting made me envious for a myth My high school experience Note this is where I completely stop talking about the book and start navel gazing was punctuated with homecoming football games one of which was called off in mid game because of a big brawl in the audience I WAS the author at my schoolwe didn t have visiting authors In sopho year I shyly asked my English teacher if she d read some of the poetry I wrote and would tell me whether it was any good or not I don t have it any but I can recreate the mood and tone for you As darkness fills my withered heartI miss you every time we re apartI miss your lips the way you smellit seems my whole world turns to hellWhen I m alone I miss youYou get the idea I wrote teenage angsty poetry filled with allusions to greek myths and vampires I often stole lines verbatim from Nine Inch Nails I basically thought I was Brandon Lee from The Crow jaded and heartbroken slash super coolNevermind the fact that my heart wasn t broken by my true love dying but by my first girlfriend breaking up with me just because we didn t have anything in common other than horniness AnywayI made the teacher slog through page after page of this crapola and when she finished reading it she said This is TERRIFIC You re so talented And then she helped me get a few of them published in collections of high schooler poetryyou know the kind where they publish three poems per page and sell you the collection for some ridiculous price The opus I spent many evenings crafting called Cassiopeia was on the same page as some chode s exercise in stupidity called Pizza The poem focused on how much the author liked eating it Reading the poem I was filled with the sense that I d been deceived andwell a sudden craving for pizza So maybe this idea of innocence isn t a mythwe DO grow up with a sense that our uniueness is going to be recognized and embraced by the world We re going to be famous poets Rock stars Actors and ballerinas But we eventually have to initiate plan B and it s when we do this that we start recognizing the myth We aren t all here to save the world from Voldemort So as I read this I wanted to live in this book I wanted that sense that success was inevitable that the world was just waiting to recognize my brilliance and toss money and fame at me Because that s a sense that went away uite a few years ago Because life isn t a narrative like that It s disorganized and there are billions of main characters Life is brilliant even when you go to a BFE public school even if you can t go to school whether you have money or not The myths leave out the car accidents the necessary part time jobs the fact that love is always a murkier and rockier thing than art pretends it is The myths we create for ourselves usually leave out all of the chaosThere s nothing wrong with chaos It s the most natural thing there is


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