Old School - Vintage Contemporaries Author: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 mu... more »st 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 Schoolexplores 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.« less
The protagonist in this story takes on many roles,one is chameleon-like,one the humble student and observer, and the last one I won't spoil but it isn't necessarily a letdown. Tobias Wolff is an excellent writer who exhibits true depth and contrary values. He has earned his way onto my favorite lists,along with Joyce Carol Oates,Margaret Atwood, J.M Coetzze ,Saul Bellow among many others!! Highly Recommended!