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  • Highly recommended!

    I laughed out loud and loved this book. It's full of gentle humour and you cannot help loving the helpless main character. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

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  • Hysterical

    An excellent book to dip into for a few minutes when your spirits need a lift. Wentworth is a great comic creation who inhabits a long vanished world which I caught the end of when I went to boarding school in 1959 and who reminds me of a very kind master whose eccentricities led to constant mockery from us boys but who nevertheless remained unfailingly optimistic that we would eventually respond to his peculiar pastoral care. In the meantime he provided endless amusement for a great many cruel schoolboys. I found myself laughing out loud, so it is best read in private.

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  • Probably really funny in 1939

    The Papers of A.J. Wentworth BA was first published as a humorous contemporaneous study of life in a boy’s boarding school immediately before England joined World War Two. It was serialized in Punch magazine over several years. Poor Wentworth is an overwhelmed teacher who frequently loses his temper with his young charges. In a roomful of Bart Simpsons, Mason is the worst prankster and malcontent. Wentworth throws things at his students and seems perpetually lost. I guess this passed for humor in between the two world wars in England. Now it is best read as a historical document of a time never to return. The Papers of A.J. Wentworth BA is not funny to a modern audience and is also filled with British’isms incomprehensible to modern American readers. It is a pass for me unless you are researching the time period for an English literature class. 2 stars. Thanks to Farrago and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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