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School Is Hell Paperback – July 12, 1987
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In "School is Hell", Groening takes us through the awkward, difficult experiences of school and growing up familiar to everyone in an accurate, funny, fatalistic manner. In this context, Groening's unrefined technique actually accentuates his stark words. The underlying theme of all his "Hell" books is that life isn't meaningful and we're just deceiving are ourselves when we try to think that it is. Though this view isn't exactly an epiphany, Groening is brilliant because he manages to make such a stark, potentially depressing realization comical. Here's an example of Groening's poignant humor: After college graduation, Binky (protagonist) receives congratulations for, "spending your whole life jumping through petty academic hurdles for meaningless rewards. Now, you will embark on a career in a massive beaurocracy where nothing you do or say will ever matter." This book is filled with such funny moments that resonant with painful honesty.
All of Groening's "Life in Hell" books are an entertaining read; just as funny and painfully honest. It's this unapologetic honesty that gives this series it's emotional resonance.Read more ›
I have a degree in art education, taught school for one semester. Love teaching, love the kids. Hate the system. I don't want to go to "school" the rest of my life. Ironically, I think I picked this up at the end of that semester. I just picked it up and read it from cover to cover a few years later. A wicked gift for someone in education considering a change of career...
His actual diary from elementary school should be "required reading" for anyone in education.
Within the pages of "School Is Hell" there are 48 cartoons from Groening's syndicated "Life in Hell" comic strip circa 1982-87. The main attraction are the 21 lessons of the "School Is Hell" educational miniseries, but there are also the eight parts of "My 5th Grade Diary" ("I decided I'll never be prez of the U.S. so I think I'll stop now"), several pages of "Parental Brain Twisters" ("What's wrong with you?"), and assorted fillers such as "Lies My Older Brother and Sister Told Me" (e.g., "The Alphabet Trick"). Not all of these are school related, but they do feature Bongo, the young rabbit with one ear who has to endure the trials and tribulations of the educational system throughout this volume.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a schoolteacher I love the attitude and perspective in this book. I find it at once uncomfortable and realistic.Published 22 months ago by MommaPatel
Condition as stated! Mint! Thank you so much. Loved this as a kid, now I can share with my twelve year old. You guys rock.Published on June 19, 2013 by Cullen
Had to get a used copy.
Which is too bad.
But the contents were as brilliant now as they were when first printed.
School Is Hell is the kind of book you can flip thru and say to yourself-'Hey! I've been there!' What M.G. Read morePublished on November 9, 1999 by Sarah Cardona
I remember reading this book when i was in 1st grade and now that i'm in high school i'd like to read it again, unfortunately throughout the years you lose things, so i guess i'll... Read morePublished on September 30, 1999
I've been reading this book since grade school. Now, I'm in High School and it's even funnier 'cause I get it better. Read morePublished on May 11, 1999