Good-bye, Mr. Chips

Good-bye, Mr. Chips

Book - 1962
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Full of enthusiasm, young English schoolmaster  Mr. Chipping came to teach at Brookfield in 1870.  It was a time when dignity and a generosity of  spirit still existed, and the dedicated new  schoolmaster expressed these beliefs to his rowdy students.  Nicknamed Mr. Chips, this gentle and caring man  helped shape the lives of generation after  generation of boys. He became a legend at Brookfield, as  enduring as the institution itself. And sad but  grateful faces told the story when the time came for  the students at Brookfield to bid their final  goodbye to Mr. Chips. There is not  another book, with the possible exception of  Dickens's A Christmas Carol, that has  quite the same hold on readers' affections. James  Hilton wrote Goodbye, Mr. Chips in loving memory  of his schoolmaster father and in tribute to his  profession. Over the years it has won an enduring  place in world literature and made untold millions  of people smile--with a catch in the throat.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1962
ISBN: 9780553273212
Characteristics: x, 132 p. : ill
Alternative Title: Goodbye, Mr. Chips


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Aug 08, 2015

This book is probably the 3rd or 4th different edition of the book that I have read and loved, even though it is, of course, the same old (and I do mean 'old') story and, seemingly, perhaps from another world. The review by 'mogie' is rather a classic in its own rite in finding "many similarities between the time that the book takes place and the present day" because that is the real point to the story - it is a look-back to another time and a realization that tender human emotions and experiences link one generation to another and form great bonds between us as well as keep tugging at our minds to re-live them again. Every time we re-live these experiences, they get more firmly engraved upon our memories and add more to our enjoyment of life. James Hilton was a master at helping us look back and wonder about the past and his "Lost Horizon" is another good example as we may still find ourselves wondering if Conway ever found his way back to Shangri La. He often planted a final seed of doubt and wonder in his stories rather than to imply that he had all the answers himself.

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