Lord Dismiss Us

Lord Dismiss Us Lord Dismiss Us is set in an English boys public school in the s The novel deals with the love affair between two boys together with the internal politics of the school itself Carleton a sixth f

  • Title: Lord Dismiss Us
  • Author: Michael Campbell
  • ISBN: 9780226092447
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
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    Lord Dismiss Us is set in an English boys public school in the 1960s The novel deals with the love affair between two boys, together with the internal politics of the school itself Carleton, a sixth former loves Allen, a boy two years his junior At the same time the headmaster is trying to enforce a policy against such liaisons.At the time of writing it was a contemporLord Dismiss Us is set in an English boys public school in the 1960s The novel deals with the love affair between two boys, together with the internal politics of the school itself Carleton, a sixth former loves Allen, a boy two years his junior At the same time the headmaster is trying to enforce a policy against such liaisons.At the time of writing it was a contemporaneous work As such it now depicts a school at a period in history It was published in the same year that homosexuality between consenting adults was legalised in the UK.

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    • Esdaile says:

      I know the book cannot be classed as "great literature" but it is so funny and so charming and so far beyond, it seems to me, what anyone is capable of writing in the same genre today (perhaps I am just being a curmugeon and getting old-I am very willing to be corrected on that) that I have to recommend it. It would seem to be the writer's experiences of many years in a school packed with wild improbability into a term. What a term! The book is action packed from beginning to end, is utterly and [...]

    • Aeontwo says:

      I read this as a boy, immediately after hearing it in a BBC radio adaptation.I was just beginning to understand what 'homosexual' meant. The story had a powerful effect on me, because of my innocence and curiosity (and fear). One never forgets books that lighten the darkness of one's childhood ignorance.

    • Adrienne says:

      This reminded me a lot of The Charioteer, in terms of prose style. It was very dense, and went back and forth between people's heads. Sometimes it read like something that had been translated from another language, with the way things seemed out of context sometimes. I think it's just the difference between 1960s dialogue and writing and nowadays, because all the books I've read written around this period share that peculiar characteristic. I felt a little confused about just what the book was t [...]

    • Judith says:

      In the blurb at the back, Iris Murdoch writes: I read it very slowly because I was enjoying it so much. I think it achieves a sort of tragic beauty." Well, I read more quickly, but I think it is indeed beautiful. It captures the passion not only of youth and love, but also of what we feel, what most of us feel, for the School that seemed the world to us when we were there. The cricket terminology (and perhaps lots of other Brit terms) escaped me, but the feelings of the masters and the boys brou [...]

    • Shane Pennell says:

      Oh, my, my. This is easily the best of the British/Irish boarding school novels I've read. The novel is outrageously funny at times, but mostly it's just a very powerful love story that made me ache, wishing I had that, and then made me ache because well, that would be a spoiler. Just a beautifully-written, beatifully-conceived story with lovable characters, humor, and most of all, love. I've read it three times.

    • scavola scavola says:

      I really wanted to like this book but found it hard to get through. Everyone has a first name, a last name, a nickname, and a title / position, and all are the characters are referenced by all of them! And there was head-hopping even within chapters. So I always had to figure out who was talking. And the payoff / crux of the story was such that it could've been a short story. I ended up skimming the second half of the book just to get through it. Some may not agree, but that was my experience.

    • Aleardo Zanghellini says:

      Extraordinary in many ways. Poignant, funny, bitter-sweet, exhilarating, with an unforgettable cast of characters. Astonishingly insightful in its treatment of same-sex desire - both young love and age-differentiated attraction - whether in its physical, platonic or sublimated manifestations. The sort of book one wishes one had written. 4.5 stars.

    • Cerisaye says:

      A very curious bird this novel, as one of its colourful characters might say. A Boys' School story written in 1967, the year homosexuality became legal in the UK, it represents the tradition of the classic gay novel in which to love another man is nothing but misery, ruin and death, mind unbalanced by the body’s needs. Yet within that there is the promise that reflects decriminalisation and Swinging 60s sexual freedom.I love Boys' School stories, all that adolescent passion and rampaging hormo [...]

    • Alex Johnson says:

      I almost loved this novel, but started suspecting I should abandon it at about page 250/384, and I wish I had, for some very good reasons. Altho the author took explicit pains to convince us of his writing skills, in the final analysis he missed the most important writing objective, namely simply that the end must be consistent with the beginning. Throughout the first 80 percent of the work, the main characters are consistent, even puzzlingly so and a little artificially. But for whatever reason [...]

    • Melanie says:

      amazing

    • carelessdestiny says:

      A boys boarding school always seems like a nightmarish experience to me but this book is so detailed about the experience and the characters so seemingly to life, that it's a great novel to read.

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