Old School by Tobias Wolff
The protagonist of Tobias Wolff's shrewdly and at times devastatingly observed 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.
Paperback | 208 pages
132 x 203 x 14mm | 193g
01 Sep 2004
Random House USA Inc
New York, United States
A vintage book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including very minimal scuff marks and some creasing, but no holes or tears. All pages are undamaged, with minimal creasing but no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.