- Hardcover: 266 pages
- Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company.; Lrg edition (March 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0783812310
- ISBN-13: 978-0783812311
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,537,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Goodbye, Mr. Chips: To You, Mr. Chips Hardcover – Large Print, March, 1995
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The former is illustrated (with some of the images being specific to the marvelous and unjustly neglected 1969 film version with Peter O'Toole and Petula Clarke!)
The latter book contains a chapter of autobiographical material relating to Hilton's own schooldays and his thoughts on the English public school system and how the world he knew was about to be changed by the coming shadow of WW2. The remaining chapters are additional stories about Chips, the legendary acting headmaster of Brookfield School, and are largely concerned with Chips' deep psychological understanding about what makes a boy tick. Most poignant of all is the last story in which Chips attempts to cheer up the boys during the dark days of 1917 as the horrors of the first world war loom ever larger, by organising a lavish Christmas party. Alas a flu epidemic puts paid to his plans, and as the school breaks up early for an extended holiday, the boys are delighted, while poor Chips is left to contemplate a lonely Christmas at Brookfield.
Not earth-shaking stuff, but a pleasant and enjoyable read for anyone who has loved the original novel or any of the film and TV adaptations that have been made over the years.