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David Blaize

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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1916 Original Publisher: George H. Doran company Subjects: Fiction / Classics Fiction / Literary Juvenile Fiction / Boys
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 10th 2008 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1989)
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Oct 28, 2012 ѦѺ™ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself. - Gore Vidal

written during World War II, David Blaize is E.F. Benson's nostalgic coming-of-age tale about school life, friendship and growing up in the late 19th century.
filled with humor, wit and rich detail, this eponymous novel relates our protagonist's experiences from prep school to Marchester College - his trials and triumphs and especially his relationship with Frank Maddox.
the homo-eroticism is so subtle that what Da
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This is a corrected edition of the classic schooldays novel by E. F. Benson. I found the new layout excellent to read. This Viewforth edition, printed and distributed by createspace.com, contains an excellent introduction and literary notes by Dr. Craig Paterson. It is, I think, the best and yet cheapest edition available.

I highly recommend it to all Benson fans. Viewforth, according to the back text, is going to publish David of King's and The Babe. B.A.

Bruce
May 02, 2011 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An enjoyable bit of Anglophilia, although the detailed descriptions of cricket matches are unintelligible to this reader on the western side of the pond.

" 'But what he likes best of all is reading.'

'That's queer,' said David."
Jain
A delightfully funny and insightful British schoolboy novel. Benson is very good at depicting the tumult of adolescence, and especially the desperate pursuit of looking and acting the right way among your peers, no matter that what's "right" changes from year to year and from school to school.

I generally prefer less internalized homophobia in my narratives, but for a book originally published in 1916, this was a very fun read.
Ian
Jul 29, 2011 Ian rated it it was ok
Very jolly cricket bats. Almost reads like a pastiche of a public school novel. Very little in the way of plot and not much of the famous Bensonian humour.
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About the slashiest of all the boarding school stories.
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