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5,0 von 5 SternenRemembrances from a bygone era
14. Juni 2017 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
These memories are beautifully researched and arranged to paint a picture of the austere but definitely character building aspects of life in English girls' boarding schools from the 30's to the mid 70's.I cannot forget the vignette of a chain smoking battle axe of a headmistrsss watching her students ball room dancing with her father on Saturday evenings,an ordeal made all the more terrifying by the fact he had lost both arms in World War 1 and sometimes covered the stumps with black gloves!
4,0 von 5 SternenOld Girls spill the (mouldy) beans!
30. November 2017 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
The rather wonderfully named Ysenda Maxtone Graham has collected the childhood reminiscences of a host of Old Girls who attended British boarding schools in the decades up to 1979; the advent of the duvet is the author’s cut-off point.
It’s an interesting idea for a social study illuminating, as it does, the snobbery of the era, the attitude towards women at that time, the importance (or not) of education, the belief that physical hardship was good for the backbone, the ghastly food and, last but by no means least, the lasting consequences of what was, effectively, banishment from home and family at a tender age.
Parents took very little interest in the choice of schools for their daughters; one can only take from this that a girl’s education simply wasn’t that important. And an academic education was hardly a top priority for many of the schools themselves: “Deportment at these schools was part of the curriculum: it was said that you could spot a Heathfield girl anywhere in the world by the way she got into and out of a car.”
The most snobbish teachers of all were the convent school nuns: “Mother Bridget taught Latin to the juniors and she kicked off the first Latin lesson of the new 11-year-olds in 1976 with this ice-breaker: ‘Now, hands up any of you whose house is open to the public.’”
5,0 von 5 Sternen"I have read stories about girls' boarding schools and they are nothing like what it is here"
4. März 2017 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
An utterly absorbing and entertaining book which I read in an afternoon. Using 1979 as her cut-off date - the start of the 'centrally-heated duvet age' - the author focusses on the 'last years of the boarding school Olden Days - the last gasp of the Victorian era, when the comfort and happiness of children were not at the top of the agenda.'
And so we read of dire food, excessive games sessions, chilblains, bullying... The author has interviewed many Old Girls - from convents, from schools with a strong academic ethos and from the many schools of the era whose main remit seems to have been to raise the children with others of good families, education being an unimportant matter. But this is not a diatribe against boarding schools, as there are many happy memories too. And even the negatives, the author argues, worked to turn out a certain sort of woman, one able to 'grasp the nettle strongly'.