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Old School by Tobias Wolff
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Feb 19, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended for: Heather and Scott
Read in September, 2007

Wolff's tale leaves you wondering where the bio ends and fiction begins. Very fascinating and well-written. Having attended a competative boarding school myself, I strongly identify with this character, especially how he interacts with other kids - when I 1st arrived at school, I also feel I was in a different world. My peers dressed, talked & walked differently. The author's reaction to this is fascinating.

I also enjoyed the sections describing authors who came to the school to lecture. I wonder if Rand ever said such things to students. Again, where does reality meet imagination? I often wonder about the personalities of the authors whose books I've read & this book helps bring some of the wonderment to life.

If you get the opportunity to hear Wolff speak in person, go do it! After reading this, I attended Wolff's presentation at Ohio State Univ. & he is very smart and entertaining. Very engaging.
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Steve From what I've heard, Wolff is a great teacher, too. As well as he writes, I'm not surprised he'd be effective imparting finer points of the craft in the classroom.

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