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Old 08-14-2017, 12:07 PM   #16
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Two classics I'd recommend would be "Goodbye Mr Chips" by James Hilton, and "To Serve Them All My Days", by R.F. Delderfield. Both tell the story of a British schoolmaster. Both wonderful stories. Delderfield in particular is one of my favourite authors.
on To Serve Them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield

I really enjoyed this book, which led me to several of Delderfield's other works.

Below is my short review on Amazon.

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This is an excellent book if you like long, character-driven novels, although I found parts of it hard to follow being an American born long after World War 1. I found the novel interesting because it told of the war from the British perspective and what they went through after the victory in 1918.

The focus is on David Powell-Jones (a.k.a. PJ) as he takes on a teaching job as a means of recovering from war wounds received serving three years on the Western Front. PJ finds he is a natural teacher, and we see the impact he has on a generation of young men who would grow up after the "war to end all wars" only to find themselves thrown into harm's way during World War 2.

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Old 08-14-2017, 06:03 PM   #17
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A classic of 'preAcademia' is A Clerk of Oxford and His Adventures in the Barons' War by Evelyn Everett-Green available from Gutenberg.

A completely different kind of school based books are the MacDonald Hall series by Gordon Korman, set in a Canadian boys boarding school: (This can't be happening at MacDonald Hall, Beware of the Fish, The Zucchini Warriors, The War with Mr. Wizzle...). They are written at the middle school level but are very very funny.
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Old 08-14-2017, 06:21 PM   #18
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The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Young Wizards series by Diane Duane
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton
To Sir with Love by E. R. Braithwaite
The Real Animal House: The Awesomely Depraved Saga of the Fraternity That Inspired the Movie by Chris Miller

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Old 08-14-2017, 06:23 PM   #19
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Dorothy L. Sayers's Gaudy Night, set at Oxford. It's pretty far along in the Wimsey canon, but you wouldn't have to read all the earlier books first. Perhaps just Strong Poison, which introduces the female protagonist, if you wanted to get up to speed, but it's not necessary.
I have to disagree. Whenever I read or hear of someone say a book in a series is standalone, it's usually not and in this case, it's sounds like not.

Personally, I dislike reading a series out of order.
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Old 08-14-2017, 06:35 PM   #20
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:26 PM   #21
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I have to disagree. Whenever I read or hear of someone say a book in a series is standalone, it's usually not and in this case, it's sounds like not.

Personally, I dislike reading a series out of order.
I think you might have mentioned that once or twice.

Here's the thing: we can't read everything. Why slog through an entire series if you're really interested in only one book? And for a lot of series, the first book is relatively weak. You're better off reading a later one that grabs you from the get-go; you might even go back and read the earlier stuff once you're hooked.

There are no rules. Enjoy! It's not like when you were a kid and your mother made you eat your string beans if you wanted dessert.

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This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel, set at Princeton.

Stover at Yale by Owen Johnson, published in 1912 and called the textbook of his generation by Fitzgerald.
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This might be a little "Out there", but I recall the Harry Turtledove fantasy series "Darkness" has a major character that works in a magic research facility where the politics rival anything seen in our academia. The series covers far more than that, the academic setting is just one section of the larger work.

Plus, it's Harry Turtledove, so stand ins for Nazis are everywhere!
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A little bit of a stretch, but how about The Magicians by Lev Grossman?
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