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The Classmates: Privilege, Chaos, and the End of an Era

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

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    I'm always a little weary of books dealing with prep schools. I'm always afraid they're going to turn into Dead Poet's Society. As I read the book I kept thinking back to the scene in Dead Poet's where Robin Williams takes his students into the trophy room and does his whole creepy 'Carpe Diem' thing. That's why I call this review 'the other side of carpe diem.' It is essentially about two guys in the class of St Paul's prep school: John Kerry, the former presidential candidate and a guy named Arthur. They are oposite sides of the spectrum, but its more than that its about fulfilment of promise or the lack thereof, it is, quite simply about how life is lived. Yes, it does deal with 'baby boomers,' rich (for the most part), privledged (again, for the most part), white boys, but there is something more to it. Something almost nagging and I don't mean that in a bad way. This book jumped out at me yesterday when I was in my bookstore. I've read it on my breaks and I'm almost done. It has been an amazing read. I've learned a lot about the 'characters' but also a lot about the 60's. Douglas, writes in a vein of 'how the heck did we get here?' Definitely a well worth it read.

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