Mr Perrin and Mr Traill Many books have been written about the horror of boys public schools Comparatively few however venture beyond the staff room door to examine the suffering of masters as well as pupils Of those that

  • Title: Mr Perrin and Mr Traill
  • Author: Hugh Walpole Anthony Gardner
  • ISBN: 9780955731273
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • Many books have been written about the horror of boys public schools Comparatively few, however, venture beyond the staff room door to examine the suffering of masters as well as pupils Of those that do, there is probably none that captures the wretchedness of their cloistered life vividly than Mr Perrin and Mr Traill Based in part on his own experiences as a boarMany books have been written about the horror of boys public schools Comparatively few, however, venture beyond the staff room door to examine the suffering of masters as well as pupils Of those that do, there is probably none that captures the wretchedness of their cloistered life vividly than Mr Perrin and Mr Traill Based in part on his own experiences as a boarder at King s School, Canterbury, Walpole reflected that this was probably the truest of all his novels.

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    1. I've had my eye on Hugh Walpole - one of those traditional storytellers who plied their trade in the early part of the last century, and who fell out of fashion when modernism came to the fore - for quite some time now. But I've dithered over which of his many books I should read. Finally though I realised that 'Mr Perrin and Mr Trail' had a lot to recommend it:- Walpole's first success (and only his third novel)- A Cornish setting- A school setting- A story drawn from experience, of which the a [...]

    2. Mr Perrin and Mr Traill by Hugh Walpole is one of the most unassuming books I have ever seen. I picked up a copy of the book on sale at Half Price Books and it turned into one of the most entertaining and surprising stories I have read in a while. A fantastic read; a miserable little tale of a miserable little man seeking nothing but justification that his life was not totally alone and meaningless. More somber than other reads, but definitely a lovely little book!This book is not grand by any m [...]

    3. I began teaching in the cloistered world of an English boarding school back in 1974 and some of what I discovered in Moffatt’s still pertained some sixty years after the publication of this engaging story. Senior staff calling one another by surname only and reserving their special places in the Common Room, the Dining Hall and in Chapel. Jealousies and rivalries had developed over years and allowed to fester and had never been resolved. So I felt quite at home reading this excellent story as [...]

    4. An unusual study of life in an academic fishbowl, this witty psychological thriller is Walpole at his best. The British public school is known to us, but not from the perspective of instructors in second-tier institutions who are sentenced to a life of petty grudges, servitude, bullying and hopelessness. The school year is a pressure-cooker of grievances and any newcomer is a threat and fair game. The deadly dance between Perrin and Traill can only end in destruction. I don't like thrillers, and [...]

    5. A touching and beautifully written novel, set in a minor boys' public school (that's public UK, i.e. private) in the fifties. The arrival of a new, young master aggravates the sense of futility and loneliness experienced by an old hand, and their relationship spirals downwards into increasingly dark territory. The bland, grim atmosphere of the school and the petty preoccupations and human failings of its largely unlovely inhabitants are brilliantly evoked, while the frequent and lyrical descript [...]

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