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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Literary Art

Old School is the type of book you need to read slowly and absorb carefully. It is very intricate and passages oftentimes require a second read-through. It is centered around an unnamed sixth-former at a prep school that is frequented thrice yearly by important writers....
Old School is the type of book you need to read slowly and absorb carefully. It is very intricate and passages oftentimes require a second read-through. It is centered around an unnamed sixth-former at a prep school that is frequented thrice yearly by important writers. However a conflict arises when the protagonist is struggling to write a piece for one of the contests. Now while the first quarter or so of the book moves quite slowly, once all the introducing is done the story speeds up and really gets interesting. However if there is one gripe I have with Old School, it is that the story completely shifts focus away from the main character in the final act, so the protagonist doesn't get a proper resolution. The external resolution explored is very strong however, so the two act well to counter-balance each other. While the pace may be a detractor, luckily it does not last the entire book as I often found myself lost in a reading session with no sense of the book dragging on. The author, Tobias Wolff, is most definitely a wordsmith and he flexes those muscles well in Old School weaving complex metaphors with the greatest of ease while never interrupting the smooth flow. Wolff also tackles some very thought-provoking subjects in the story, the largest being identity, and a boy¿s quest to figure out what role he plays in the big picture of things. Overall, Old School is a very refreshing read in the field of young adult literature. The author makes some interesting choices, such as choosing not to name the protagonist which some could argue makes him more distant from the reader. Wolff Also chose not to include quotation marks when dialogue is spoken which may come off as a slight inconvenience to the reader as I sometimes found myself retreating back to the beginning of a conversation to see who was speaking at the moment. However, all complaints aside, Old School is a very solid and enjoyable read with a very important message.

posted by Anonymous on September 28, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Slow and boring read

I lost interest when I got to the last two paragraphs and stopped paying attention. I should probably read it again in a few years so I can actually understand it and get something out of it. In the book, Ayn Rand is so self-centered and her opinions made me mad. She is...
I lost interest when I got to the last two paragraphs and stopped paying attention. I should probably read it again in a few years so I can actually understand it and get something out of it. In the book, Ayn Rand is so self-centered and her opinions made me mad. She is like the characters in 'The Fountainhead', Dominique and Roark the way the narrator describes them. How did Bill know that the narrator was a lapsed Catholic? Just because he stopped going to that Catholic place with other boys? I couldn't believe what Bill accused the narrator of doing! What eventually happens to the narrator is heartbreaking. I was disappointed by the ending it was boring and didn't make any sense. I really liked what Robert Frost said about science though.

posted by Anonymous on February 16, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2008

    Literary Art

    Old School is the type of book you need to read slowly and absorb carefully. It is very intricate and passages oftentimes require a second read-through. It is centered around an unnamed sixth-former at a prep school that is frequented thrice yearly by important writers. However a conflict arises when the protagonist is struggling to write a piece for one of the contests. Now while the first quarter or so of the book moves quite slowly, once all the introducing is done the story speeds up and really gets interesting. However if there is one gripe I have with Old School, it is that the story completely shifts focus away from the main character in the final act, so the protagonist doesn't get a proper resolution. The external resolution explored is very strong however, so the two act well to counter-balance each other. While the pace may be a detractor, luckily it does not last the entire book as I often found myself lost in a reading session with no sense of the book dragging on. The author, Tobias Wolff, is most definitely a wordsmith and he flexes those muscles well in Old School weaving complex metaphors with the greatest of ease while never interrupting the smooth flow. Wolff also tackles some very thought-provoking subjects in the story, the largest being identity, and a boy¿s quest to figure out what role he plays in the big picture of things. Overall, Old School is a very refreshing read in the field of young adult literature. The author makes some interesting choices, such as choosing not to name the protagonist which some could argue makes him more distant from the reader. Wolff Also chose not to include quotation marks when dialogue is spoken which may come off as a slight inconvenience to the reader as I sometimes found myself retreating back to the beginning of a conversation to see who was speaking at the moment. However, all complaints aside, Old School is a very solid and enjoyable read with a very important message.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Tobias Wolff is a tremendous writer

    Okay, I am a little late to the Tobias Wolff fan party. I knew he was lauded and had many, many loyal fans, but "Old School" is the first of his books I actually bought and read. I cannot believe I've missed this amazing writer's work all this time. Wolff is a master. He seems to be effortless in his ability to swiftly create an entire mood and a complete experience in just a sentence or two. I read the first lines of this book and was HOOKED. The narrator introduces us to himself and his school by describing how the boys there regarded the politics of the day, 1960: "Nixon was a straight arrow and a scold. If he'd been one of us, we would have glued his shoes to the floor. Kennedy, though - here was a warrior, an ironist, terse and unhysterical. He had his clothes under control. His wife was a fox. And he read and wrote books, one of which, 'Why England Slept,' was required reading in my honors history seminar. We recognized Kennedy; we could still see in him the boy who would have been a favorite here, roguish and literate, with that almost formal insouciance that both enacted and discounted the fact of his class."

    When the skill-level of an author is this high, I don't care what the plot is. But in case you do - it is about a group of young boys at a prep school, written in the first person narration by the boy who thinks his lack of pedigree means he is an imposter, wanting to belong but feeling he doesn't. This is certainly not a new theme: think "Brideshead Revisited," or "Atonement," and this boy self-destructs too. But "Old School" rivals "A Separate Peace" and "A Prayer for Owen Meany" in this genre because the writing is simply outstanding.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    Slow and boring read

    I lost interest when I got to the last two paragraphs and stopped paying attention. I should probably read it again in a few years so I can actually understand it and get something out of it. In the book, Ayn Rand is so self-centered and her opinions made me mad. She is like the characters in 'The Fountainhead', Dominique and Roark the way the narrator describes them. How did Bill know that the narrator was a lapsed Catholic? Just because he stopped going to that Catholic place with other boys? I couldn't believe what Bill accused the narrator of doing! What eventually happens to the narrator is heartbreaking. I was disappointed by the ending it was boring and didn't make any sense. I really liked what Robert Frost said about science though.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    TO ALL!

    One of your memners is locked oit! It has been requested by him to ask you to move to the next result. Thanks!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Lil... * pokes head n door smiling curly hair bouncing* hello?!

    Lil... * pokes head n door smiling curly hair bouncing* hello?!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    lil... agh.. its dunb, one post per book per account online with

    lil... agh.. its dunb, one post per book per account online with no  deletes.. so yeah.. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    lil... well.. what it is is that you can only post once per acco

    lil... well.. what it is is that you can only post once per account per book... so its making bogus accounts over n over againwith typing lik' wudeiweh' so that they dont really make a difference. at this moment my account name is iueiefugi lol

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    lil...man rping on a computer is sooooo slowwwwwww...

    lil...man rping on a computer is sooooo slowwwwwww...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    lil...O_O   yes i see that... i would like no nightmares though.

    lil...O_O   yes i see that... i would like no nightmares though... thak you very much...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    lil hey bree... campfire stories? cuz i want smores.. :)

    lil hey bree... campfire stories? cuz i want smores.. :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    lil.. its a lot  of work...i really do not suggest it... its lik

    lil.. its a lot  of work...i really do not suggest it... its like...hard...i got my nook taken away soi stole the 'broken' computer from the boookshelf... :D lol

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Childlike giggles echo across the room and shadows rush around t

    Childlike giggles echo across the room and shadows rush around the corner of the room then it stop,,,Then"AHHHHHHH!" *cmes out from ahadows...* hai.. its just me lil... :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Lil..... hey ummm. apparently someone faked me breaking up with

    Lil..... hey ummm. apparently someone faked me breaking up with luke so if any of you see him, can you tell him  that that was not me? I never tried to break up with him.. thats not true.  thanks.. :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    hehehehehheehe.... :D

    hehehehehheehe.... :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Lil.... Hey guys... I wrote yall a letter on the previous res...

    Lil.... Hey guys... I wrote yall a letter on the previous res...  xD see you all another day! :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Andrew

    Gtgtb

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Ryan

    Dosent say anything just watches th two

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Jonathon

    "Yeauup hey ryan wasup?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Bo

    Whos bo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Nightt.

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