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Looking for Class: Seeking Wisdom and Romance at Oxford and Cambridge

Looking for Class: Seeking Wisdom and Romance at Oxford and Cambridge

by Bruce Feiler

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Library Journal
The intimate look at foreign education begun by Feiler in his Learning To Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan ( LJ 8/91) is here focused on those romanticized paragons of academia: Oxford and Cambridge. He tells of his stint (1990-91) as a graduate student in international relations at Cambridge and his romantic interest in an American Rhodes scholar at Oxford. Feiler's wit and humor shine through as he relates his encounters with academic protocols, bedders, porters, rowing, alcohol consumption, social gatherings, tutorials, debates, adjustments to the Queen's English (almost a foreign tongue, he claims), sharking, and interpersonal relationships as a ``colonist.'' He concludes by pointing out affinities between Japanese and British education and cultures while citing the differences with the American modus operandi. Recommended for libraries serving those interested in international education.-- Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.

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Random House Publishing Group
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New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 25, 1964
Place of Birth:
Savannah, Georgia
B.A., Yale University, 1987; M.Phil. in international relations, Cambridge University, 1991

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