"Strong and evocative. . . smoothly written. . . romantic."The New York Times Book Review.
Stand Before Your God: An American Schoolboy in Englandby Paul Watkins
At the age of seven, Paul Watkins was roughly transplanted from his home in Rhode Island to England's Dragon School. He was greeted by a delegation of bullies who, in time, would become his friends and whose rules would become his own. For at Dragon, and later at Eton, "there was no middle ground. You could not go here and come out not caring one way or the
At the age of seven, Paul Watkins was roughly transplanted from his home in Rhode Island to England's Dragon School. He was greeted by a delegation of bullies who, in time, would become his friends and whose rules would become his own. For at Dragon, and later at Eton, "there was no middle ground. You could not go here and come out not caring one way or the other. You had to stand before your God and commit."
In this enthralling and sometimes harrowing memoir, the acclaimed author of The Promise of Light gives us a masterly companion to such classics as Brideshead Revisited and A Separate Peace. Here are the masters who paddle boys for small infractions and then offer them sweets; the seniors who pamper pretty favorites and subject all others to humiliating servitude; the deep friendships and sudden, devastating betrayals. Above all, here is the exhilaration of a boy discovering own capacities for learning and creativity, in a book that conveys with astonishing insight the pangs of growing up.
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An unalloyed work of genius, 'Stand Before Your God' transports us to a world few of us know firsthand, yet Paul Watkins makes it all feel real, and immediate, and best of all, familiar. His portrait of coming of age as an outsider in the most tradition-bound environment imaginable is compelling and authentic. His analysis of emotion is beyond compare. He knows himself well, and thus we know ourselves better after we've read of his process of discovery.
Stand Before Your God is a must read. This book is witty and intelligent. The story itself is sure to bring back memories for people of all ages. Highly recommended!
I couldn't even move away from the book without wanting to know more. I even got my mother to read the book and she loved it. It puts you into a whole new world...
I have suggested this memoir to almost everybody I know: not one person didn't absolutely love it and become instant readers of Paul Watkins.