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Cabaret: A Roman Riddle eHo are to one degree or another like Greeve and seriously that name hmmmm so many parts rang very true to me I had to read this for school and I wasn t sure what toxpect It certainly touched on life at school I was saddened by the troubles of the headmaster and frustrated by the lack of support demonstrated through the letters See it felt like a real headmaster real problems real school The format of the letters was really successful in conveying not only the voice of the headmaster but also the plot of the book One warning the introduction in my version by John Irving gave away a big part of the nding For someone with familiarity with the independent school world uite ngrossing I cannot say if others would find it as interesting but I xpect they might A head of school wrestles with several conflicts some deeply personal some professional and tries to make sense of how to maintain a set of virtues in the face of radical changes in *all these fronts all at once I ve read it twice *these fronts all at once I ve read it twice work by an author who knows what "He Writes About Richard Hawley "writes about Richard Hawley a seasoned professional ducator unlike too many authors who choose prep schools for their settingI ve been a school head too and so I can vouch for the aut. Rossroads fighting for the decency of his school for the survival of his family and finally "stripped of All Roads Lead Home everything for his very life This newdition includes a foreword by the author and an afterword " of verything for his very life This new dition includes a foreword by the author and an afterword which he presents and comments on some of the nearly 1000 letters he has received since the orig. An pistolary novel these letters and memoranda sent by John Greeve headmaster at Wells a small private boys school in Connecticut show how the orderly school

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family rich of his past 30 years begin to disintegrate around him one awful year Taking the news of his beloved wife s fatal cancer with stoicism and realism he is further rocked by the unnerving though not wholly unexpected disappearance and almost certain death of his wastrel son in Turkey coinciding with several small scale scandals at Wells Setting impossibly high standards Powerful intense and ultimately sad Hawley will touch the nerves of anyone who attended or taught in boarding schools He not only know the world of our own but describes it with legance and simplicity If he breaks your heart it is because you know he Is Telling A Fundamental Truth That We telling a fundamental truth that we bear hidden in the back of our psyches Few books have touched me so deeply God It s depressing The inner workings of a headmaster s brain His wife dies the school falls apart Damn A uiet pistolary novel about a Head of School who simply hasn t kept up with the times or with how the school has changed over the 30 years he s been Head Over the years I ve met faculty and administrators John Greeve is the headmaster The 30 years of his life at The Wells *School have been rich challenging and full of meaning But now John Greeve's precisely ordered world is *have been rich challenging and full of meaning But now John Greeve's precisely ordered world is The values he so passionately believes in are being threatened by forces he cannot accept John Greeve is a man at the Henticity of this wonderful book This
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the telling the story of a headmaster of a boy s school in New England ntirely through his letters and papers I m afraid I am not a fan of the format at least of how it was xecuted by the author There was a singular lack of dramatic tension and I had a difficult time motivating myself to keep reading Basically it was a written portrait of a character The character of the headmaster is basically likable I might ven say that I might have liked being in his school when I was in high school However the theme of the book was basically Wasn t ducation so much better in the good old days when youth were taught good old fashioned values There is certainly truth in that However it is not nough of a theme to sustain a novel Beautiful but impossibly sadNever a fan of Just Cause epistolary novels I was neverthelessntranced by Hawley s accomplishment Like many of the author s reader correspondents I found myself bemused by the novel s conclusion but utterly transported by the legance grace humor and virtue of the writing I read this 27 years ago and it still haunts me Written in letters it is the story of a headmaster his dying wife and his missing son One of my all time favorite books. Inal publication of this novel a decade Biography#58; Richard Hawley is the author of 13 books including "The Headmaster's Poems Papers from the Headmaster Boys Will Be Men and The Headmaster's Wife He is the headmaster of Cleveland's "Headmaster's Poems Papers from the Headmaster Boys Will Be Men and The Headmaster's Wife He is the headmaster of Cleveland's School He lives in Hunting Valley Oh. ,

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The Headmaster's Papers A Novel