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Posted January 14, 2012
An American Classic
Why it took me so long to discover Louis Auchincloss and read The Rector of Justin, I don't know. It is considered to be a classic and I certainly can understand why. When one thinks of "the most unforgettable character I have met," the Rector, Frank Prescott, goes to the top of the list. This beautifully crafted book about a very complex individual is told from six different points of view. There is much to ponder about the motivations of Prescott, the historical time period and mores of this era all presented with LA's wry sense of humor and perfect phrasing of sentences. How Prescott, both as a Rector and person, is perceived by those whose lives he's touched and influenced provides much food for thought and the reader will be contemplating long after the last page. I am slowly making my way through the Auchincloss library and quickly becoming a fan.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2011
A character study, capturing an era- a good read.
Louis Auchincloss nails the New England prep school world in this cleverly structured book. The title character, the founder and headmaster of Justin Martyr, such a prep school, gradually takes shape through a variety of sources. While it's a bit of a time capsule, Auchincloss understands even as he's writing it in the early 60s that context, so it doesn't come across as a complete period piece. It moves briskly as the subject comes into clearer and clearer focus, though the last quarter of the book seemed less gripping than the preceding 250 pages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.