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Posted July 2, 2010
Unhappy rich teens from the sixties
It's difficult to create reader interest in wealthy, burnt out teenagers from the 1960's when they are so, well, whiny and wasted. Sebastian Stuart tries with a focus on Katrina Felt, a manic, sad, theatrical daughter of a famous movie actress; Katrina befriends Arthur MacDougal, a gay teen from NYC dumped in a New England boarding school collapsing from poor administration and weak educators. Katrina is a mix of Holly Golightly, Pookie Adams and Sally Bowles; how you react to her believability will likely shape your feelings about this short novel. Roddy McDowell and Andy Warhol make cameo appearances.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2009
A high school fantasy by Bruce Stores
"The Hour Between" illustrates what a boarding school experience might be like where anything goes. Alcohol, drugs, sex, whatever, is part of the fun, while the administration looks the other way. Add to this the author's ability to inject students' personalities that take them on a joy ride while trying to get through the academic year with minimum effort.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The narrative presents itself as taking place in a Christian Science school. This may be where the narrative has its greatest distance from reality. There are not many Christian Science schools, and the ones I know of maintain ultra-strict rigidity against alcohol, tobacco, drugs of any kind, and sex outside of marriage. Conflict appears, however, between Mr. Spooner, the school's director and Mr. Tupper, a somewhat straight-laced assistant headmaster, a.k.a. English/History teacher.
"Just then the door to our [dorm room] flew open, the light was switched on and Mr. Tupper was standing there . . .
"What the hell is going on here? He barked . . .
"Nothing, Mr. Tupper, we were just talking," I said.
"Just talking? At two in the morning? On your bed? Just how stupid do you think I am? This damn school is run like a zoo - girls in the boys' dorm at all hours, drugs all over the place, no discipline. It's unacceptable!"
Mr. Tupper later takes his concerns to the school's director.
"Half the kids in my class today were on drugs . . . Something has to be done," Mr. Tupper urged.
But Mr. Spooner remained unfazed.
The conflict in the administration, however, is only the backdrop for the interaction and relationships between the students. All of this is seen through the eyes of Arthur McDougal, a somewhat-out-of-the-closet gay senior. Arthur has his share of ups and downs with fellow students, but early on, he could tell himself, "I realized that I'd never been this happy before."
The narrative rushes on to its inexorable climax between Arthur and his close friend Katrina.
Bruce Stores is author of "CHRISTIAN SCIENCE: Its Encounter With Lesbian/Gay America"
Posted August 20, 2009
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