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School for Love
School for Love | Olivia Manning
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Jerusalem in 1945 is a city in flux: refugees from the war in Europe fill its streets and cafs, the British colonial mandate is coming to an end, and tensions are on the rise between the Arab and Jewish populations. Felix Latimer, a recently orphaned teenager, arrives in Jerusalem from Baghdad, biding time until he can secure passage to England. Adrift and deeply lonely, Felix has no choice but to room in a boardinghouse run by Miss Bohun, a relative he has never met. Miss Bohun is a holy terror, a cheerless miser who proclaims the ideals of a fundamentalist group known as the Ever-Readiesjoy, charity, and loveeven as she makes life a misery for her boarders. Then Mrs. Ellis, a fascinating young widow, moves into the house and disrupts its dreary routine for good. Olivia Mannings great subject is the lives of ordinary people caught up in history. Here, as in her panoramic depiction of World War II, The Balkan Trilogy, she offers a rich and psychologically nuanced story of life on the precipice, and she tells it with equal parts compassion, skepticism, and humor.
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Leftcoastzen
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So this isn‘t the first #NYRBBookClub title with a naive boy &/or a disingenuous boarding house proprietor!😀I loved the book & look forward to our discussion 12/5 MT.
@vivastory

BarbaraBB It‘s a typical #NYRB book and I love that! 2d
Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB I agree ! 😄 2d
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sprainedbrain
School for Love | Olivia Manning
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I enjoyed this month‘s #NYRBBookClub pick. Such a complicated bunch of characters, but a really readable story. I just love poor Felix and his Faro. 💔

Looking forward to the discussion this weekend!

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vivastory I'm glad you enjoyed it! It should be a good discussion 3d
batsy Oh my goodness, I completely forgot! I guess I should start today 😅 2d
sprainedbrain @batsy it‘s a quick one! 😆 2d
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LeahBergen
School for Love | Olivia Manning
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Okay, since it‘s a little difficult to take my 700 page (hardcover!) history of the Hanoverians into the bath (I‘m blaming you, @shawnmooney ), I guess I‘ll make a start on this month‘s #NYRBBookClub pick. 😉

tpixie Lol 😂 Happy reading 1w
vivastory I too like to live dangerously. Last week I was reading a book while eating dinner (pork chop) & the edge of my my book fell on my plate, staining it 😬 Amazingly enough this is one of very few book casualties I've had over the years 1w
Leftcoastzen A wise choice! 1w
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BarbaraBB Living in the edge 🙃 1w
LeahBergen @tpixie @Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB I do live dangerously. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @vivastory I‘ve always had good luck reading in the bath (touch wood ) but I DID fling red wine on my first edition of The Satanic Verses. 😮 1w
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Leftcoastzen
School for Love | Olivia Manning
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#NYRBbookclub Hey, there is a sale ! I have my eye on some not for the club . Their shipping isn‘t super fast , so not sure I‘d order December‘s book but maybe January? This sale on till the 22nd https://www.nyrb.com/collections/classics

Liz_M And more nyrb books are on their way to the shelves that cannot fit more books. 😳 2w
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 46/21

Tagged is my favorite book of the week. Both others were okay. I am so glad I‘m reading again and enjoying it!

squirrelbrain I‘m glad too that you‘re reading again and enjoying it! 😁 2w
TrishB Such a relief! 2w
sarahbarnes Glad to hear you liked the Manning - I am starting it today. 2w
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Cinfhen I‘ve been curious about this one because of the setting 2w
Cinfhen And yay that you‘re back to reading xx 2w
Megabooks Yay!! 🎉🎉 2w
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BarbaraBB
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#NYRBBookClub

During the closing stages of WWII recently orphaned young Felix arrives in Jerusalem at the boarding house of a sort-of-relative, the hilarious Miss Bohun.
She is taking as much money as she can from her houseguests, while also pretending to be self-sacrificing and motivated entirely by kindness.
At first the reader picks up on much more of this drama than Felix does but then a new boarder arrives, the young widow Mrs. Ellis. ⬇️

BarbaraBB ⬆️⬆️ While she keeps Felix at arm‘s length, she does share her thoughts on Miss Bohun and the world with him. A poignant story about the loss of innocence. (edited) 2w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Thank you Trish ❤️ 2w
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CarolynM I've had a copy of this on the shelf for years. Sounds like I should actually read it😆 Great review 2w
Leftcoastzen I‘ve read a couple of chapters, liking it so far! 2w
Megabooks Fantastic review! 2w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM You should! I think you‘d enjoy it as much as I did. 2w
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vivastory
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Due to the final weekend of the month being a holiday weekend in the states, the discussion for the November #NYRBBookClub selection will be 12/5 12PM MT. Join @leftcoastzen & I as we discuss Olivia Manning's novel. Thanks for co-hosting the Oct selection @leahbergen & thanks to everyone for a wonderful discussion of a strange, yet memorable, novel! I look forward to your nominations for the first selection of 2022 @merelybookish

LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to this one. 👍 4w
batsy I'm really excited to read Olivia Manning! (I watched the BBC adaptation of Fortunes of War & it was so good; I've been meaning to read her since.) 3w
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merelybookish Oh wow! My turn to pick? I'll try to post later today. 3w
Billypar Sorry to have missed Vet's Daughter, but it sounded like a good one. I'll be back for School for Love - looking forward to it! 3w
vivastory @Billypar If you have the opportunity to read the Comyns, I definitely recommend. It seems like one that you'd like. 3w
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vivastory
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Manning's School for Love will be our November #NYRBBookClub selection. Join @Leftcoastzen & I as we read & discuss! We will vote on the Dec. selection following the discussion of the Sep. book on 10/3.

Leftcoastzen Thanks for counting @vivastory 2mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen No worries. I'm looking forward to it! hadn't heard of School for Love until your nominations 2mo
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LeahBergen Awesome! 👍🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB Yay! Thanks for nominating this one @Leftcoastzen 🤍 2mo
batsy Nice! 👏🏽 2mo
quietjenn @vivastory I always think I'm well-versed in the NYRB catalog, until nominations roll around! 😆 Anyway, this sounds right up my alley, so I'm looking forward to reading it. 2mo
vivastory @quietjenn Although NYRB has been going for years, I'm still delighted to see books nominated that I'm completely unfamiliar with 2mo
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sisilia
School for Love | Olivia Manning
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🎊 A year ago I decided to create a book club. We only read NYRB Classics 😆 #NYRBClassicsReadingSociety

Here‘s to the second year and the year after that, until I read them all (wishful thinking, but still ... 🤞🏻)

TheSpineView 💜Congrats on your anniversary! 📖 2y
sisilia Thank you, Lisa @TheSpineView ❤️ 2y
kspenmoll What a wonderful idea! 2y
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sisilia
School for Love | Olivia Manning
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@shawnmooney and I discussed the tagged book. We both agreed it‘s a 5⭐️ read 😎

https://youtu.be/o38MEIsxACQ

shawnmooney We sure did! 🥰😍🥰😍 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed watching your discussion with @shawnmooney 🙂 2y
saresmoore So fun!! 2y
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LeahBergen I can‘t wait to watch this! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
readordierachel Great discussion! Now I really want to read this 2y
Theaelizabet Can‘t wait to watch this! 2y
Izai.Amorim Cool video! 2y
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sisilia
School for Love | Olivia Manning
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NYRB Classics Reading Society - Meeting no. 7

We all loved this book. Enjoyable read, effortless prose, and balance in characters 👌🏻

Cinfhen @vivastory u should talk to @Sisilia since she runs a #NYBR bookclub in Singapore and YOU should go @GlassAsDiamonds 💕💕 3y
Suet624 @vivastory 😂😂 well there you go! Instant manifestation. 3y
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sisilia
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It took one manipulative, passive-aggressive bitch to open the eyes of one naive teenager, for him to understand the concept of hypocrisy 😅 Another 5⭐️ read

Cinfhen Hi!!! What‘s new??? Long time no speak😢tagged book sounds good! 3y
minkyb Love this review! 3y
sisilia @cinfhen @minkyb I decided that I like Olivia Manning. Will read her Balkan Trilogy soon 3y
minkyb 👍🏻 3y
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sisilia
School for Love | Olivia Manning
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Life is a sort of school for love 😻

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sisilia
School for Love | Olivia Manning
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I‘m at work and all I can think about is how I am going to finish this book ASAP. I need a personal OFF day... to just stay at home and read all day!!!!

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sisilia
School for Love | Olivia Manning
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Next read. Fiction is much more appealing than the mess this world is in

charl08 Amen. 3y
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