Titel: All Loves Excelling
Auflage: 1st Edition
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"Don't let us down." With these words, Amanda's mother leaves her only child at a dauntingly prestigious boarding school. At her mother's insistence, Amanda has come here solely to gain the credentials she needs to get into an Ivy League college. And she will do it-or die trying.From the Publisher:
Josiah S. Bunting III is the platonic ideal of an American headmaster. In this beautifully observed, elegiac novel, he draws on his experience at the helm of the finest boarding schools in the nation to paint a poignant and unflinching picture of what adult ambition can do to children. A passionate and humane argument for individuality, creativity, and eccentricity in a society that places overwhelming pressures on its sons and daughters to achieve the conventional badges of success. --Jeffrey Rosen, author of "The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America"
Nearly thirty years ago, Josiah Bunting wrote 'The Lionheads,' perhaps the tenderest and most intelligent novel to emerge from the Vietnam War. Since then he has become one of the nation's most respected schoolmasters, and he has brought that experience to bear in 'All Loves Excelling.' It is fully the equal of 'The Lionheads'--indeed, the equal of any coming-of-age novel in recent memory. Beautifully written, exquisitely sensitive, infuriating, and heartbreaking. --Andrew Ferguson, senior editor, "The Weekly Standard," author of "Fools' Names, Fools' Faces"
Josiah Bunting's 'All Loves Excelling' brings into high relief the hopelessness of our era's hollow notions of success. Readers may be reminded of Judith Guest's 'Ordinary People,' although here the agonizing pursuit of the wrong human prizes takes place in a vividly realized prep school world. At once moral fable and beautifully nuanced social commentary, this fine new novel begs our attention. --Richard A. Hawley, Headmaster, University School, Ohio; author of "The Headmaster's Wife" and "The Headmaster's Papers"
Josiah Bunting's latest novel is an anatomy of the little known and not so perfect world of prep schools, Ivy League colleges, and high ambition, where self-interest often masquerades as parental love. 'All Loves Excelling' is more than gripping fiction--it is a morality tale for our times of good people doing very bad things. Few could--or would--write so brilliantly of those who have everything and yet nothing. --Victor Davis Hanson, author of "The Land Was Everything" and "The Soul of Battle"
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