By Richard Yates
A bittersweet, haunting exploration of adlescent and the impression of war.
At fifteen, Terry Flynn had the face of an angel and the physique of an ideal athlete...
Set in a small boarding tuition at the eve of America's access into international struggle , A strong School tells the tale of William Grove, the fearful youngster attempting to slot in; the betrayed alcoholic, Jack Draper; and Edith Stone, the teacher's daughter, who falls in love with the preferred boy in school.
Instantly acclaimed on its first booklet, peopled with a few of Richard Yates's so much memorable characters, this gentle, spare masterpiece is a haunting meditation at the twilight of minor, and an unforgettable description of the impression of battle at the lives of an blameless new release.
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Then he threw the bone back in the water and shook his head. “We got a live one,” he mumbled. “Oh, I see,” I said, still not understanding. Then Duncan stared at the wall for a second. He seemed to be off somewhere else. ” But there was no response. I waved my hands in front of his eyes. ” Wendell and I felt awkward and uncomfortable, and as we always do during such moments, we began to giggle. We tried to hold it in, but it burst out through our noses with simultaneous snorts. Suddenly, Mr. Carter sparked back to life.
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A Good School by Richard Yates