Book Reviews of The Schoolmaster

The Schoolmaster
The Schoolmaster
Author: W. J. Burley
ISBN-13: 9780802730572
ISBN-10: 0802730574
Publication Date: 3/1984
Pages: 175
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.

2.8 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Walker Company
Book Type: Paperback
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This reminded me a bit of Ruth Rendell when she writes as Barbara Vine, though it was much less fully written. It was a psychological setpiece, capturing the important bits and pieces that made this main character what he was. The story is about a teacher who is living a purposefully humdrum life whose wife leaves him, setting a much larger change in motion. It involves a murder some 20 years ago, and the teacher's role in that. When his wife leaves and he is put on leave from school, he changes his name and moves to a run-down boarding house, from which he searches for the truth about the past. Sometimes it was a little confusing as it moved from one scene to another, but overall I thought it was quite good.
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Interesting story that is part mystery/part character study. A boring teacher must face his wife's affair and a secret from his own past that comes rushing back to haunt him.