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Old School by Tobias Wolff
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Sep 02, 2007

really liked it
Read in September, 2007

i read this book on the advice of nick hornby after reading a collection of articles he wrote for the mcsweeney's magazine "the believer" which had been compiled into book form. i pretty much hated the nick hornby articles (for their cutesy, self-satisfied tone, i think, and also for the way he kept faux-dissing the believer as an overly fey literary mag and therefore underscoring himself as a salt-of-the-earth regular type of guy; basically the whole book is packed with obvious false modesty and self-serving admittances. but he kept praising old school over and over and it was enough to get me to check it out of the library and read it. i'm glad i did. i seem to have burned through my review space insulting nick hornby, but a few words about the book i was supposed to be talking about in the first place: the writing is really wonderful. careful. detailed. every sentence put together both to move the story forward and entertain the reader. also, he clearly knows his subject matter: new england boys schools, which is something i know nothing about, so it was interesting to get a feel for one. (ok, i'm abandoning this review here because i can't seem to get my brain around exactly what i liked so much about this book. for now i'll just say, it's worth your time and leave it at that.)
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