3 1/2 Stars
I think I deserve one of those shiny silver stickers
on my forehead for getting through all 678 pages! My paperback was
literally falling apart in my hands and needed frequent sticky tape
first aid as I read.
As my friends know, I love chunky sagas and
epics but I'll be honest with you. You could EASILY chop 200 pages off
this without affecting the story one iota.
IN A NUTSHELL: A shell
shock soldier ( WW1) is discharged from a lengthy hospital stay and is
encouraged to take a post at a boys boarding school by his neurologist.
What follows is 20 years as a teacher and mentor and how one school gave
a shell of a man a new lease on life and reason to live.
first half was 5 stars for me but I wish his first wife could have held
up a bit longer (I'm not spoiling it, its in the description and come
on, it covers 20 years so nothing is permanent) I really liked her a
lot and wished things could have been different. His future love
interests I didn't care for so much.
One character is very into
politics and my eyes start glazing over when you mention Tories and
liberals, so you can imagine I found these bits hard going. The school
subjects/methods also got a little tedious after a while but it is a
book about a boarding school so what did I expect, right? For anyone in
the education field this book would be fascinating.
loved the stories about the individual boys and their escapades. Their
nicknames were entertaining as well. I come from a family where no one
uses anyone's real names and we have nicknames for everyone else we know
too (some know it and most don't!) so I could relate to this. Some
Matron. Heavy, full busted and highly corseted: MA FENDER
Student with one missing *ahem* appendage: LACKANACKER
Teacher with one toe missing and a rolling gait: TUMBLER
Teacher with comaraderie classroom discussions: POW-WOW
The list goes on and on....
The writing itself is very readable and the characters well portrayed and individualistic. It's a good story and worth reading.
But I'm glad I'm done. :)
SEX: Fade to black
PROFANITY: Moderate. D, B, H
MY RATING: PG 13