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Goodbye Mr Chips

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  7,104 Ratings  ·  485 Reviews
Full of enthusiasm, young English schoolmaster Mr. Chipping came to teach at Brookfield in 1870. It was a time when dignity and a generosity of spirit still existed, and the dedicated new schoolmaster expressed these beliefs to his rowdy students. Nicknamed Mr. Chips, this gentle and caring man helped shape the lives of generation after generation of boys. He became a lege ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 1st 1986 by Bantam Books (first published 1934)
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David Johnson He is a a beloved schoolteacher, Mr. Chipping, and this is the story of his forty-three-year tenure at Brookfield Grammar School. Mr Chips was the…moreHe is a a beloved schoolteacher, Mr. Chipping, and this is the story of his forty-three-year tenure at Brookfield Grammar School. Mr Chips was the nickname that his students gave him. He was a favorite teacher of his students(less)

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Richard Derus
Nov 17, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.75* of five

The Book Report: Old Mr. Chipping, nearing ninety and still telling his hoary old jokes from sixty years ago to the newbies at Brookfields school, spends his last few days on earth wandering among the many well-furnished rooms in his head. We see the events of his entire career as a schoolmaster, his brief, brilliant career as a husband, and his long, glorious sunset as a School Institution. As he passes through the portal made for one (bet Chips'd know the source on that on
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Arpit
Oct 23, 2015 Arpit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arpit by: Goodreads
Shelves: classic
Tearful eyes, smile on lips and a warm feeling of satisfaction in the heart. That was my state when I completed this book.
This book is not a story or something, but it’s a mere character sketch. Character sketch of Mr. Chipping. Or we can say Mr. Chips.
Tears, smiles and satisfaction. Let's analyse them.

Tears-
Let's start with a quote.
“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”
Edgar Allan Poe

I don’t know what was the actual thing which did
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Dhanaraj Rajan
Jan 20, 2016 Dhanaraj Rajan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Retired Teachers
Shelves: literature
A funny light read.

A retired teacher (Mr. Chipping alias Mr. Chips) reminiscences the old days. He is British and the story is set in the early nineties. I mean the teacher retires from teaching in 1913 and spends his days very close to the school doing nothing but 'reading, talking and remembering.'

This remembering is peppered with equal dose of both funny anecdotes and heart melting moments.

A sample for funny anecdote:

On his farewell day before Mr. Chips rose to give his speech, the Captain o
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maricar
Apr 23, 2010 maricar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Loved this charming story.

I found myself envying Mr. Chips his life. Though he lived in very tumultuous times, almost everything back then was simpler; there were less demands in one’s day-to-day affairs. And one can actually enjoy and savor the rest of one’s afternoon sipping tea while looking out over the window to the idyllic scene of kids bicycling along the street. The pace is not like today’s hectic one, wherein just thinking of what one still has to do for the rest of the day is exhausti
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Gorab Jain
Jan 16, 2017 Gorab Jain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gorab by: Arpit
Shelves: buddy-reads, 2017
Such a heart warming novella of an old school teacher reminiscing his life, how he saw Brookfield evolving, and himself playing a pivotal role in it.
As the events unfold in his mind in the form of warm and pleasant (and many a times not so pleasant) flashbacks, you are bound to participate.
Didn't understand many of the Chips jokes :(
Its neither preachy, nor tragic sentimental. The best part is, its not pretentious at all on any front.
A very enjoyable read you'd love to slurp in a single sitting
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Tracey
May 16, 2012 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw the film some time ago, and as it turns out it was an excellent adaptation – very faithful to this sweet, sad, warm little book. I don't want it to sound like a criticism when I say I have little to say about it beyond that (sweet, sad, warm); it isn't. I enjoyed it very much, though about halfway through the nostalgia became melancholy despite Chips's perennial good humor, and I needed a break from even so short a book. If nothing else what I'm going to remember strongly about Goodbye, Mr ...more
Sara Saif
Jun 19, 2016 Sara Saif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-like-you-a-lot
Reading books when they're part of your curriculum takes all the fun out of the experience and whatever effect the book is supposed to have on you is lost as you spend day after day analyzing the story and finding answers to questions. But...I think it's safe to say that while reading this, it wasn't like that at all. I became completely engrossed with the story and was always a few chapters ahead of the rest of the class. I remember reading the story, sitting on one of the back seats, ignoring ...more
Nick
Oct 31, 2011 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
I have mixed feelings about this short novel. It's a very effective turn of the century (19th-20th) romance about a dedicated schooteacher. More than that, it's one of a triptych of short novels by James Hilton, over-the-top romances all of them, that I first read in high school and were made into sappy but well-produced movies in the 30's and 40's: Lost Horizon, Good-bye Mr Chips, and Random Harvest. These more-or-less set the tone for Hollywood tearjerkers, and did the deed better than most, i ...more
Rebecca
A poignant tale- slow paced ,No dramatics, Still so sweet.
Mayda
Sep 10, 2011 Mayda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodbye, Mr. Chips is a charming tale of an English schoolmaster whose life, at first glance, seems to be rather mundane and lackluster. Mr. Chipping appears to be going through life as an average teacher, never to achieve any greater standing. He realizes that he will never be a headmaster or win the admiration of his fellow teachers or of his students. He thinks that he is hardly noticed and that he certainly will not be remembered. But sometimes, fate steps in, and often, a person is not able ...more
Cynthia
Mr. Chips Stays

My first introduction to this story was through the 1960’s movie with Peter O’Toole playing Mr. Chips. I loved the movie as a kid but after reading the 1933 novelette. I was less impressed with the book. “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” is a sweet story based on a Victorian gentleman’s childhood and a life spent teaching at an English public school through the First World War. The plot mirrors the times and traditions of such institutions during that period which were based largely on class a
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Aparna
Jan 20, 2017 Aparna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet poignant tale of a teacher reminiscing about his life !!
Chad Bearden
Dec 27, 2008 Chad Bearden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I think the biggest thing Mr. Chips going against him is the hyperbolic praise heaped upon him by the various publishers who have sought to capitalize on his completely fabricated impact on readers across the globe. Its not as though I can think of any examples, but I'm fairly certain that Chips is not the most beloved teacher to ever occupy the halls of literature, as the cover of my edition of this book would have you believe. If you go into this book with that inflated expectation, you'll pro ...more
Travis
Mar 09, 2011 Travis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seems to be many parallels to the date of publishing to the present. One would be how different generations evolve with those young and old, with each holding to their own beliefs and ideas. I thought it a poignant moment when Mr. Chips, in his later years, became filled with emotion to the point of tears. And that the then and the now are no different in this regard; a man's tears are still construed as weakness. I believe Mr. Hilton's prose delivered a contradiction to this perspective on the ...more
Sabahat
Feb 21, 2012 Sabahat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although the lazy curriculum-makers of intermediate studies in Pakistan have killed this book for generations of Pakistanis by keeping it in the curriculum for the past five decades, to those who truly love literature and don't confuse spouting the names of obscure books with 'reading', this one is a great delight. In the very datedness of the character and the environs it describes lies its principal charm. Each time I have read this book, I have shed copious tears, and to me, personally, that ...more
Zarish Fatima
Read this book in syllabus during second year. But i really like it. Especially Mr. Chips character, he was not extraordinary or intelligent in anyway. But his life mattered he made a difference. He was orthodox man but he was not extremist. He was kind and understood the value of life. I think it was one of the best, simple and enlightening books.
Rebecca
A poignant tale slow paced No dramatics but still a very sweet one.
Sree
Feb 19, 2016 Sree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You are burning with rage because of the cruel jokes life seems to be playing on you, you are angered by the evil plts that God seems to be hatching against you, you are angered by the entire idea of life itself.....and then if you read this book you realise that life is beautiful. And all we need is to make our miseries nonexistent by drowning them in the lake of positivity and humour.

The author had described the problems and sufferings of the protagonist, Mr.Chips, with so much humour and posi
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John
Mar 26, 2012 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-drama, humor
Like my uncle playing the piano, Hilton hits a lot of false notes when telling this story, but manages to get enough of them right that you don't really want him to quit. This is a short, wistful little book that reminds us just how much the world can change during the course of a single lifespan. The big problem with the book, though, is that the Chips character himself comes across as rather unlikable despite the author constantly assuring us as to his unparalleled popularity with the student ...more
Aisha Saqib
Sep 11, 2010 Aisha Saqib rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the worst book ever!!! its in our English syllabus and we had no choice but to read it...i mean from the world full of books they had to make us read this one !! but this book is not just unbearable but it has no point whatsoever.mr chips himself is the weirdest guy ever to walk the planet, i mean he says that he cant stand women and then goes and marries a girl young enough to be his daughter, if that isnt creepy i dont know what is. apart from that, that dude thought he was so witty but the jo ...more
Ahmed Zunair Cheema
Narrow in ambition but sentimental in essence, the novella follows the life of a British school teacher, Mr.Chips. He was an ordinary gentleman and perhaps an average educator. It also touches on the way school is affected by outside events like the First World War.
The story and characters are a bit dull for my liking but there is an emotional attachment with this novella. It was a part of our english curriculum in intermediate. Its memories are with me,though vague and consisting of bits and pi
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Rebecca McNutt
This book reflects not only upon the long life of a dying teacher, but on a wonderful time when people weren't so focused on themselves and their telecommunications. It was a time when people were actually involved with the world around them and when children weren't so lazy, when instead of sitting there on their X-Boxes they'd go outside all day, have adventures and make their lives into something meaningful. As "Mr. Chips" thinks back on the ninety-some years he's been alive, his life turns o ...more
Wayne S.
Jun 23, 2014 Wayne S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the book opens, it is around 1933, and Arthur Chipping, known affectionately as Mr. Chips, is an 85 year old retired English schoolteacher. Born in 1848, he sits by the fire in his armchair and reminisces one evening about his life from the time he came to teach at Brookfield Grammar School for boys situated in the Fenlands in 1870 and helped shape the lives of generation after generation of boys during his 43 year long tenure there, through his marriage at age 48 to Katherine (Kathy) Bridges ...more
Mohsen M.B
Dec 14, 2016 Mohsen M.B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mohsen by: Nariman
روایتی است دلنشین از خاطرات تلخ و شیرین آموزگاری  مهربان و عاشق در گذر سالیان.
خداحافظ آقای چیپس.
Gerry
Apr 17, 2010 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely novel from the golden age of novel writing. Mr Chipping is a teacher at Brookfield and the story takes the reader from his first day through to retirement, return to duty as stand-in headmaster and then substantive headmaster and subsequent second retirement. And it does it charmingly in a most sympathetic way; life has changed so much since the days when this book was written and it is difficult to imagine how one existed in such a world.

Known affectionately as Mr Chips, the retired sc
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Amy
Jul 23, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can see why this is a much loved and adored book. It took me no more than an hour to read but it is so heartfelt and beautifully written that I could have flipped back to page one and spent another hour in the life of Mr Chipping. This book follows the story of a teacher at an English school through the changes and historical events of the late 19th to the early decades of the 20th century. Mr Chips is wonderfully depicted and his love of his job and commitment is amazing. As the book ended I ...more
Camille
I have a 1934 copy of this book. It was a very quick read - but a very fun one! Though not very long - the author covers a lot of territory through the eyes of Mr. Chipping - a schoolmaster at a boy's school in England during the late 1800s, early 1900s. It is a very endearing tale - and through the eyes of Mr. Chips, the reader is taken on a journey so brilliantly told that you feel like you were there. At times I was a bit lost since I am not overly familiar with English history and some names ...more
Jonathan Hutchins
Jul 25, 2014 Jonathan Hutchins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devoured this sweet, not to say somewhat saccharine, novella in one sitting, and my only regret is that it isn't longer. Found myself longing for more amplitude and detail so that one's pleasurable wallow could be spread over several days rather than one evening. But no matter. I loved it, as I knew I would, this sketch for a bittersweet symphony. I did sniffle, once or twice. This and Lost Horizon ensure Hilton's place among the minor masters. Well might he say with Horace, um, Exegi monumentum ...more
Sana
Jan 26, 2013 Sana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social, classics, reviewed
It was a simple but good novel. I like it mostly because it was a part of our English course in F.Sc. and I have so many memories associated with it. Its probably the novel that I read with utmost diligence (obviously because I had to prepare for the exam!)
Robin
Jan 20, 2015 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a gem, this little book! It perfectly describes the life and heart of a teacher, the joy of learning and of teaching, the love that goes into guiding/teaching the younger generations, and the simple but profound realization that the job of teacher is not a job but a calling.
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James Hilton (1900–1954) was a bestselling English novelist and Academy Award–winning screenwriter. After attending Cambridge University, Hilton worked as a journalist until the success of his novels Lost Horizon (1933) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1934) launched his career as a celebrated author. Hilton’s writing is known for its depiction of English life between the two world wars, its celebration of ...more
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“What a host of little incidents, all deep-buried in the past -- problems that had once been urgent, arguments that had once been keen, anecdotes that were funny only because one remembered the fun. Did any emotion really matter when the last trace of it had vanished from human memory; and if that were so, what a crowd of emotions clung to him as to their last home before annihilation? He must be kind to them, must treasure them in his mind before their long sleep.” 10 likes
“Brookfield will never forget his lovableness," said Cartwright, in a speech to the School. Which was absurd, because all things are forgotten in the end.” 5 likes
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