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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  8,413 ratings  ·  634 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
Paperback, 115 pages
Published December 1st 1982 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1934)
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KayKay They are different from one another. I personally like the 1939 one the best. Very obscure memory of the 1969 version because I have only watched it…moreThey are different from one another. I personally like the 1939 one the best. Very obscure memory of the 1969 version because I have only watched it once and I always go back to the earliest version. The 2002 is enchanting in its own way but with a bit of altered details. So I'd say, try the movies made in 1939 and 2002.(less)
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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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Ahmed  Ejaz
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-lengths, 2018
"Brookfield will never forget his lovableness."
Before starting, I thought I wouldn't love this novel. Turned out I was partiality right. Yeah! I loved it, but not completely. Because it was little boring for my taste. Although it was boring, I liked the character of Mr. Chips. It was so vivid and complete. His character development was gradual. And that was good. I liked his sense of humour and thoughts.
I liked his chapters with Katherine. Those were the best. And last few chapters related t
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Richard Derus
Nov 17, 2011 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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Susan
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is in honour of Beth who enticed me into reading this sweet tale sooner than planned. Mr Chips, a shy, reserved teacher finds love in middle age and as a result becomes much loved by his students and colleagues. Story has a timeless quality to it; beautifully written.
maricar
Apr 23, 2010 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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Dhanaraj Rajan
Jan 20, 2016 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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Aqsa (On Hiatus)
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“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.”

This was a part of my course syllabus in 12th standard, and for this very reason, it felt like work and less like a novel. But looking back on it and really seeing it has made me realise that I do love this novel. It's comfy and short. The writing almost feels like home. I've read it several times (for my exams and then for my siblings) and I
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Katarina
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You cannot judge the importance of things by the noise they make."

I was dead set on giving this novella a four star rating. I liked it, a lot. Then came the last 10 minutes of this audiobook and I could swear someone was cutting onions. The movie adaptation is gonna make a blubbering mess out of me.
Gorab Jain
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gorab by: Arpit Jain
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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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Catching up with the classics # 23
Sara Saif
Jun 19, 2016 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
Tracey
May 16, 2012 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
Nick
Oct 31, 2011 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
Mayda
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Vicky
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully crafted audiobook with my favourite narrator,Martin Jarvis bringing old "Chips" to life with humour and a touch of melancholy,related to the sad times he lived through.A tear jerker but a
wonderfully inspiring story.Highly Recommended.
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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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.
Aisha Saqib
Sep 11, 2010 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
Rebecca
A poignant tale- slow paced ,No dramatics, Still so sweet.
Chad Bearden
Dec 27, 2008 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
Ernest Sneed
A short story on the meaning of life seen through the eyes of an elderly British classics teacher who dedicated 65 years to one boarding school for British youth. His pleasures and heartbreaks challenge the reader to realize that even a person who is not famous or rich can have a meaningful life by sharing it with others and dedication to an ideal, spouse, or profession.

The value of the book is that it shows that all persons can have a life of significance, even those who may have little social
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Travis
Mar 09, 2011 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 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
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
Robin Hatcher
I love the movie versions of Goodbye, Mr. Chips, but I hadn't read the novella that inspired them. I'm glad I took a couple of hours (actually less) from my weekend to remedy that. The Robert Donat & Greer Garson movie version is closer to this warm and delightful story than the musical version (Peter O'Toole & Petula Clark). It's an easy, feel good story, and it makes me wish I could hear Mr. Chips tell a couple of his jokes.
Bookworm
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming short (too short) story, almost an eulogy, of a school teacher's life. The author based it on his Dad, and a Latin teacher he'd had I believe.
It flows smoothly and evenly, making you sit back and ponder over why we get in such a rush sometimes.. and on all the good things of life.
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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Ardyth
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very charming little book about a man whose life spans four major epochs of British history, yet on a personal level only really begins when he's nearly fifty.

The more children's literature I read, the more I realize how much adult books tend towards bloating. Sometimes, less is more. This sweet, short story is one of those times.


Discovered via Mensa for Kids 7th-8th grade reading list.
Rebecca
A poignant tale slow paced No dramatics but still a very sweet one.
Aparna
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet poignant tale of a teacher reminiscing about his life !!
Tina
I love going to garage sales because you find hidden gems like this one (for 50 cents!). Apparently this novel is more well-known than I thought, given the number of editions on here, but I must brag that my copy is clearly a first (Canadian) printing, not only due to the copyright info and binding (though I don’t have the book jacket), but due to the cool hand-written inscription in the front: “H. Strang. H.M.C.S. Melville. 1943.” I found a Wikipedia entry about the ship. As for the original ow ...more
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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
“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.” 12 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.” 7 likes
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