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Back to School? September 15, 2008

Posted by bookgoddess in Authors, Books, Fiction, library programs, Literature, Reading, West Palm Beach Public Library.
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Are you glad to be out of school, or do you sometimes yearn to be registering for classes and buying books and supplies?  I would have to say that I fall in the latter category, though I’m not sorry that I don’t have a term paper due.  I just love the idea of learning something new, of opening those brand new texts with a sense of anticipation, of meeting interesting classmates. 

Even if you are in the “glad to be out” group, I’ll bet that school or college was an important phase in your life.  One piece of evidence for this is that academia is a perennial setting for fiction.  

My top pick for “academic” fiction would be Lucky Jim by Kingley Amis.  Jim Dixon, a hapless history lecturer at a “redbrick” British university, has hilarious misadventures as he tries to advance his so-called career.  Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, known to many through the film with Maggie Smith, portrays a much more gifted teacher and a much darker series of events.  

Mystery writers have found schools to be a rich setting.  Here are some really good ones:  The Chatham School Affair by Thomas Cook; Death in Holy Orders by P. D. James; Well-Schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George. 

I’ll have many more wonderful “school stories” at the “Latest and Greatest” book discussion on Thursday, September 18th at 12:15 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the West Palm Beach Public Library.  I hope to see you there! 

Happy Reading! 

The Book Goddess

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