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Todd Anderson and his friends at Welton Academy can hardly believe how different life is since their new English professor, the flamboyant John Keating, has challenged them to "make your lives extraordinary! " Inspired by Keating, the boys resurrect the Dead Poets Society--a secret club where, free from the constraints and expectations of school and parents, they let their passions run wild. As Keating turns the boys on to the great words of Byron, Shelley, and Keats, they discover not only the beauty of language, but the importance of making each moment count.

But the Dead Poets pledges soon realize that their newfound freedom can have tragic consequences. Can the club and the individuality it inspires survive the pressure from authorities determined to destroy their dreams? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Todd Anderson and his friends at Welton Academy can hardly believe how different life is since their new English professor, the flamboyant John Keating, has challenged them to "make your lives extraordinary!  " Inspired by Keating, the boys resurrect the Dead Poets Society--a secret club where, free from the constraints and expectations of school and parents, they let their passions run wild.  As Keating turns the boys on to the great words of Byron, Shelley, and Keats, they discover not only the beauty of language, but the importance of making each moment count.



But the Dead Poets pledges soon realize that their newfound freedom can have tragic consequences.  Can the club and the individuality it inspires survive the pressure from authorities determined to destroy their dreams? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kingswell (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401308775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401308773
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love Dead Poets Society. In fact, it's one of the best movies I've watched, ever. It was one of those that deeply moved and touched me. The stories of these boy's lives touched me, as they were so true to life.

However, after reading the book of the movie, I have to say I'm left terribly unimpressed. It read more like a kid's novel than anything else. It lacked depth and emotion. The characters were all made out to be shallow, childish and weak, while Mr. Keating's part in the changing of the boy's lives was terribly downplayed. Some of the very poignant scenes in the movie were simply not justified in the book.

I have to say though, that I have to give credit to the author for some of the extended scenes that were deleted in the movie, but apart from that, it's a big disappointment. It's okay for a read of the outline, but really, you have to watch the movie to really know and understand what DPS is about.
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Although it makes me smile to say this now, when I was in middle school, I used to leave this movie in the VCR and watch it almost every morning as I was getting up for school. Something about its 1950's New England setting and cast that all came together to make it important to me. I loved its message of unconventionality and personal freedom of expression. I liked the new worlds the teacher, Mr. Keating, said poetry could open up to a reader. Time passed, I kind of got away from DPS (a film I sadly outgrew) and it wasn't until many years later as I was cruising the book section of a thrift store that I came upon the novel to this movie. Remembering the way this timelessly inspirational story used to make me happy, I bought the book and read it in one sitting. For anyone who was ever touched by Dead Poet's Society I recommend this book. To anyone else, skip it, there's not a lot here for you: no new characters, same sad ending, same time, same place. Dead Poet's Society the book reads exactly like a director's cut extended version of the Peter Weir movie, including in its length a handful of scenes the film never contained. It also has a few lines that were spicier than the dialogue in the motion picture and there's a stronger suggestion of exactly what Charlie 'Newanda' Dalton got up to with those college-age girls from town he brought to the Dead Poet's meeting that one night. I still have this little novel and I'm glad I bought it. I only wish I'd owned it back in the day when Dead Poet's Society was among my favorite movies.
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By A Customer on January 7, 2003
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I enjoyed reading "Dead Poets Society", because I think it's a very special book. The topic is not usual though.
Sometimes the story was a bit boring. But when I had finished the book I was very thoughtful. I couldn't understand the reaction of Mr. Nolan and Mr. Perry because I liked Mr. Keating and his style of teaching. His ideas of enjoying life and trying to be extraordinary were very interesting. He could also make me think about my own life and how to live it. He showed his students that they had only one life and that they had to bear responsibility for it. And I think that's right.
The novel can also show parents what can happen if they tell their children how to live. They shouldn't decide about their children's life.
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I read this book years ago....when it was first published.....and viewed the film that was made from it. I loved it then.....and I love it now. Later...years later, I became an English professor, and have been teaching for 23 years. The young men depicted in this novel feel real to me.....and the role model of Mr Keating was one of my influences when I choose the method I would use to teach my students. The integration of the novel with classic poetry moved me then. Two days ago Robin Williams took his own life. A special sort of irony in view of the character, Neil, who committed suicide in the novel. I decided to reread this novel as some sort of tribute and connection to the event, and I am not sorry I made that choice. This novel holds it own even after all of these years. Read it. Savor it. Think about it. O captain my captain.....we all may contribute a verse......
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By A Customer on January 7, 2003
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I find the book very interesting and well written and it's not too difficult to understand for somebody who learns English as a second language.
Thr novel shows the life of some students in a private school and deals with their problems, frustrations and their dreams. The message of the novel is to have an opinion of one's own and to do what you want. But the book shows us too that there are people who have problems to realise their ideas so that they can't help resigning and giving up
The novel is a bit different from the movie.
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Yes, I admit, I loved the movie and it's definitely one of the two best movies in the world. And that's the reason I can't tell you how disappointed I was about this book. The author seemed to have watched the movie and while he did that, he wrote just down what he saw. Hardly any emotions, feelings or thoughts of the characters are mentioned, and I think that's what a book is about, that's what makes it something other than just a long review of the movie. Sure, the story and the message are still great - and that's the only thing that makes give it two stars instead of one. My advice: Watch the movie another time instead of reading this plain book.
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