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The Class: A Novel af Erich Segal
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The Class: A Novel (original 1985; udgave 1986)

af Erich Segal (Forfatter)

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From world-renowned author Erich Segal comes a powerful and moving saga of five extraordinary members of the Harvard class of 1958 and the women with whom their lives are intertwined. Five lives, five love stories: Danny Rossi, the musical prodigy, risks it all for Harvard, even a break with his domineering father. Yet his real problems are too much fame too soon--and too many women. Ted Lambros spends his four years as a commuter, an outsider. He is obsessed by his desire to climb to the top of the Harvard academic ladder, heedless of what it will cost him in personal terms. Jason Gilbert, the Golden Boy--handsome, charismatic, a brilliant athlete--learns at Harvard that he cannot ignore his Jewish background. Only in tragedy will he find his true identity. George Keller, a refugee from Communist Hungary, comes to Harvard with the barest knowledge of English. But with ruthless determination, he masters not only the language but the power structure of his new country. Andrew Eliot is haunted by three centuries of Harvard ancestors who cast giant shadows on his confidence. It is not until the sad and startling events of the reunion that he learns his value as a man. Their explosive story begins in a time of innocence and spans a turbulent quarter century, culminating in their dramatic twenty-five year reunion at which they confront their classmates--and the balance sheet of their own lives. Always at the center; amid the  passion, laughter, and glory, stands Harvard--the symbol of who they are and who they will be. They were a generation who made the rules--then broke  them--whose glittering successes, heartfelt  tragedies, and unbridled ambitions would stun the world. Praise for The Class "Erich Segal's best."--Pittsburgh Press "First class entertainment."--Cosmopolitan "An absorbing page-turner."--Publishers Weekly "A panoramic saga."--Philadelphia Inquirer… (mere)
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Titel:The Class: A Novel
Forfattere:Erich Segal (Forfatter)
Info:Bantam (1986), Edition: 1st Edition., 560 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Not bad for beach reading on a hot
summer day. ( )
  Steve_Walker | Sep 13, 2020 |
Another one of my eric segal favourites! ( )
  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
El repaso que estos personajes nos brindan de los últimos treinta años de la historia occidental es un mosaico en el que destacan los puntos más trascendentales de una generación que Segal conoce muy bien, pues él mismo perteneció a la promoción del 58.
  swiltsesa | Feb 1, 2016 |
Documentary- drama about teacher with class
  l3353samuel | Jul 6, 2012 |
With my own class reunion approaching, just for amusement, I am reading several books of the “class reunion” theme, hoping to get myself psyched about seeing old friends and acquaintances. The Class is a novel about Harvard’s class of 1958, revolving around five young men from various backgrounds and diverse walks of life. The first half of the book begins in 1954 and covers the 4 years of college. The second half covers 25 years beyond, when they are all preparing to return for the 25 year reunion.

Just getting admitted to Harvard is no small accomplishment. So, each of the students enter this elite institute of higher learning with high expectations and intense pressure to succeed. None of that: drinking until dawn, keg parties, skipping classes, and opting for the easy courses. This is a “suicide if I don’t succeed” mentality. Fierce competition….sacrifice…..determination….

The five young men:
Daniel Rossi – A music major. All he ever wanted was his father’s approval, but Dad is a macho, right wing, conservative saying “Why music?”
Jason Gilbert- An “all American” guy, but Jewish, and Yale turned him down because of it. Harvard is his second choice.
Theodore Lambros – A Greek who has the grades, but not enough money so can’t afford to live on campus. He has to commute and work in his Dad’s restaurant in-between classes.
Andrew Eliot – Born with a silver spoon in his mouth; a long history of Harvard men in the family. He’s a great guy, but he is not ambitious.
George Keller – a foreign student who arrives in the United States barely able to speak English determined to pursue a political life.

There are several reasons I really like The Class:
Besides revealing the inner workings of Harvard; the rituals, the culture, and the mentality of the students who attend, it also takes the reader into the arena of life after graduation in the fields of politics, the arts, and academia. The span of time includes many historical events: The conflict in Israel, JFK’s assassination, The Vietnam War, and Nixon’s impeachment. And touches on many cultural issues: segregation, communism, women’s roles/duties, marriage/divorce. Plus, there are some strong female characters. Also, Erich Segal, the son of a rabbi, was a graduate of the Harvard class of 1958, and also got his Masters and Doctorate at Harvard, and later taught Latin and Greek at Harvard, so even though this is fiction, his own personal experience makes The Class both credible and realistic. ( )
2 stem LadyLo | Aug 17, 2009 |
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There must be . . . some possible ground in reason for one's boiling over with joy that one is a son of Harvard, and was not, by some unspeakably horrible accident of birth, predestined to graduate at Yale or at Cornell. -William James, M.D., 1869
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From world-renowned author Erich Segal comes a powerful and moving saga of five extraordinary members of the Harvard class of 1958 and the women with whom their lives are intertwined. Five lives, five love stories: Danny Rossi, the musical prodigy, risks it all for Harvard, even a break with his domineering father. Yet his real problems are too much fame too soon--and too many women. Ted Lambros spends his four years as a commuter, an outsider. He is obsessed by his desire to climb to the top of the Harvard academic ladder, heedless of what it will cost him in personal terms. Jason Gilbert, the Golden Boy--handsome, charismatic, a brilliant athlete--learns at Harvard that he cannot ignore his Jewish background. Only in tragedy will he find his true identity. George Keller, a refugee from Communist Hungary, comes to Harvard with the barest knowledge of English. But with ruthless determination, he masters not only the language but the power structure of his new country. Andrew Eliot is haunted by three centuries of Harvard ancestors who cast giant shadows on his confidence. It is not until the sad and startling events of the reunion that he learns his value as a man. Their explosive story begins in a time of innocence and spans a turbulent quarter century, culminating in their dramatic twenty-five year reunion at which they confront their classmates--and the balance sheet of their own lives. Always at the center; amid the  passion, laughter, and glory, stands Harvard--the symbol of who they are and who they will be. They were a generation who made the rules--then broke  them--whose glittering successes, heartfelt  tragedies, and unbridled ambitions would stun the world. Praise for The Class "Erich Segal's best."--Pittsburgh Press "First class entertainment."--Cosmopolitan "An absorbing page-turner."--Publishers Weekly "A panoramic saga."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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