9780375701498

Old School

  • ISBN 13:

    9780375701498

  • ISBN 10:

    0375701494

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 08/31/2004
  • Publisher: VINTAGE BOOKS

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Summary

The protagonist of Tobias Wolff's shrewdlyand at times devastatinglyobserved first novel is a boy at an elite prep school in 1960. He is an outsider who has learned to mimic the negligent manner of his more privileged classmates. Like many of them, he wants more than anything on earth to become a writer. But to do that he must first learn to tell the truth about himself. The agency of revelation is the school literary contest, whose winner will be awarded an audience with the most legendary writer of his time. As the fever of competition infects the boy and his classmates, fraying alliances, exposing weaknesses, Old School explores the ensuing deceptions and betrayals with an unblinking eye and a bottomless store of empathy. The result is further evidence that Wolff is an authentic American master.

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