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School for Love

ISBN-10: 1590173031
ISBN-13: 9781590173039
Edition: 2009
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Description: Jerusalem in 1945 is a city in flux: refugees from the war in Europe fill the streets and cafes, the British colonial mandate is losing steam, and tensions are on the rise between the Arab and Jewish populations. Arriving onto this complex scene is  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 2/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Jerusalem in 1945 is a city in flux: refugees from the war in Europe fill the streets and cafes, the British colonial mandate is losing steam, and tensions are on the rise between the Arab and Jewish populations. Arriving onto this complex scene is Felix Latimer, an orphaned adolescent whose father served in the British foreign service in Iraq. Felix is deeply lonely after the death of his mother, but it is clear that he will find no comfort in his new guardian, Miss Bohun, a devoted member of the fundamentalist Christian group the Ever-Readies who has little love for anyone but her God. Instead Felix turns his affections toward the other residents of Miss Bohun's boardinghouse, particularly the curmudgeonly ex-soldier Mr. Jewel and the fascinating young widow Mrs. Ellis. Soon Felix is caught up in unfamiliar networks of hatred, jealousy, and love. InSchool for Love, as in her epicBalkan Trilogy, Olivia Manning fuses the heartbreak of war with the heartbreak of life, creating rich psychological portraits of people who carry on even when the world is coming to an end.

Olivia Manning, OBE, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, spent much of her youth in Ireland and, as she put it, had 'the usual Anglo-Irish sense of belonging nowhere'. She married just before the War and went abroad with her husband, R. D. Smith, a British Council lecturer in Bucharest. Her experiences there formed the basis of the work which makes up The Balkan Trilogy. As the Germans approached Athens, she and her husband evacuated to Egypt and ended up in Jerusalem, where her husband was put in charge of the Palestine Broadcasting Station. They returned to London in 1946 and lived there until her death in 1980.

Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles, California on September 26, 1949. She received a B. A. at Vassar College in 1971 and an M. F. A. and a Ph.D from the University of Iowa. From 1981 to 1996, she taught undergrad and graduate creative writing workshops at Iowa State University. Her first critically acclaimed novel, The Greenlanders (1988), was preceded by three other novels and a highly regarded short story collection, The Age of Grief (1987). In 1985, she won an O. Henry Award for her short story Lily, which was published in The Atlantic Monthly. Her novel A Thousand Acres (1991) received both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include Moo; Horse Heaven; and Ordinary Love and Good Will. In 2014 her title, Some Luck, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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