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An Education: The Screenplay Paperback – October 6, 2009
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David's character is understandably attractive to Jenny: he has a sports car, knows the best night clubs, goes to art auctions, takes trips to Paris, and uses charm instead of hesitation. Jenny's dad is, well, her dad.
David's image is largely from the trappings of wealth, and the screenplay lends itself to an argument about a man's character and the source of his money, but I don't think it's a good one. There're certainly ethical issues: some theft, and real estate deals taking advantage of buyers who don't know any better. But a person can make money in questionable ways and be tortured by it. David's not tortured, though he's not a villain, either.
Hornby based this screenplay off a short story memoir. It's invention on top on invention on top of a real story, then. Jack and David were deliberately created for the screen, and they seem to characterize William James's self esteem equation. James says a person's self esteem is accomplishments divided by pretenses. A person can increase her self esteem by increasing her accomplishments; though, he argues, it's easier to do so by decreasing pretension. David seems to have that ratio backward: his self esteem comes from pretense.
And that's probably because he doesn't care about anything.Read more ›
I wish though that we had gotten a slightly less polished draft. It fits so closely to what is in the actual movie that I have a feeling it was retrofitted a little for publication, which is nice for those who just want a transcription of the movie, but for those more interested in the transition from page to screen and the changes that need to be made it may be a little slight (the addition of an alternate ending notwithstanding). Still it is a masterful screenplay of one of the year's best movies.
I give this screenplay-book 5 stars, for 3 reasons:
(1) the spot-on description of a teenage girl (Jenny) getting to know people who are exciting, glamorous, and worldly and who have different values and ethics than her family. She is not honest when discussing them with her parents, and not entirely honest with herself.
(2) Although very entertaining, there are some major life lessons in this book, some more subtle than others. Because of this, it seems a good gift for teen girls, although I know some women in their 40's who still haven't figured out some of the lessons. As a gift idea for teen girls, be aware that it frankly discusses some topics, and some parents may object to that.
(3) The writing is much better quality than most screenplays (although that is faint praise, because most screenplays are so bad).
Reading this took me back in time to my teen years; I remember having many of the same thoughts and attitudes as Jenny. There but for the grace of God ...
A quote from Hornby that describes Lynn Barber (and Jenny) as "a suburban girl who's frightened that she's going to get cut out of everything good that happens in the city".
This book is set in the 1960's in a household that seems conservative today. Younger readers may be surprised by the parents' attitude towards young marriage, and the widespread expectation that respectable married women would not have careers or educational goals.
This book is inspired by a memoir by Lynn Barber, reworked by Nick Hornby into a screenplay version, with some fictionalized details. I have not yet read the complete memoir by Lynn Barber, but plan to.
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An Education, by Nick Hornby (200 pgs., 2009). This is the author's thirteenth published work. It contains both an introduction & the screenplay of the movie of the same title. Read morePublished on May 19, 2010 by R. A. Frauenglas
I am very upset and shocked to learn that the book I purchased is not the novel, it is the screen play. It does not say anywhere in the description that it is a screen play. Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by SamiBekahHeike
The main character in this story is cute and nice and bored with her young life. And then she meets a man who sweeps her off her feet into the exciting world of art and fashion. Read morePublished on April 6, 2010 by S. Gibson
"An Education" is the heartbreaking coming-of-age story of Lynn Barber (who is renamed Jenny). Jenny is a teenaged Brit, growing up in the very proper early '60s (this is before... Read morePublished on April 5, 2010 by Amaranth
Do not be confused like I was: the book by Nick Hornby is the movie script and the ohter is the actual story itself.Published on March 17, 2010 by P. M. Canty