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The Education Of Oscar Fairfax

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In this wise and masterly novel, Louis Auchincloss gives us a man who takes the measure of himself - and his times - with the art and insight of a new Henry Adams. Linking three generations of a Wall Street law firm, The Education of Oscar Fairfax provides a revealing portrait of the American upper classes throughout our century. The story opens in 1908, as St. Luke's Cath ...more
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Published September 25th 1995 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 1995)
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Nan
Jul 06, 2010 Nan rated it really liked it
I really didn't have much interest in reading this one, but thoroughly enjoyed it. I figured Auchincloss would be John Cheever lite, and I really dislike Cheever and the brand of writers who talk about how hard it is to be a privileged white guy.

I liked this book because there's not a trace of self-pity in it, and in fact, Auchincloss calls attention to the fact in a completely non-obnoxious way that he's breathing very rarified air. But he's never defensive about it; it's just the world he kno
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Emily
Jun 27, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
I'm guessing Auchincloss requires a very particular taste. I'm somewhat out of sympathy with his world and -view, but I respect the prose and acuity.
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I did not find this interesting
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May 22, 2016 Michael Black rated it liked it
Not among his best work.
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Aug 08, 2012 Gregory rated it really liked it
If you wonder whether you might enjoy reading a story by Louis Auchincloss, just read the chapter "A Man's Reach" in this book. Fantastic. If it does nothing for you, you may move on.
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Oct 24, 2008 Ben Hughes rated it liked it
I do not understand why Auchincloss is not more widely read. This is a story of upper crust adolescence - he hits the mark, and is well worth a read.
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Louis Stanton Auchincloss was an American novelist, historian, and essayist.

Among Auchincloss's best-known books are the multi-generational sagas The House of Five Talents, Portrait in Brownstone, and East Side Story. Other well-known novels include The Rector of Justin, the tale of a renowned headmaster of a school like Groton trying to deal with changing times, and The Embezzler, a look at white
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