- File Size: 526 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Publisher: Phil Church (September 3, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005L9VJYQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The amazing thing about this book is how much effort the narrator puts into being lazy. While the characterization may be excellent on that point, it also serves as the book's downfall. The protagonist spends a lot of time drinking coffee and munching biscuits (cookies to those of us in the United States). He also makes a habit of avoiding conflict with his students to the detriment of classroom discipline. Some motivation is provided for his actions upon learning his father and brother are much more successful than him, and his fun-loving mother has made herself emotionally unavailable. It's natural for readers to want to see an emotional progression from the main character, but the lackadaisical teacher at the heart of this book makes no such journey.
Certain aspects of the plot ring true. Phil Church does an outstanding job capturing the inanity of classroom discussions that often go awry. But just when the reader thinks the man doesn't have a clue, hints are given that he has developed the awareness to read students' body language and he comes up with an interactive pre-reading assignment for Lord of the Flies. As a fellow educator, I could definitely relate to the notion that some of the most ineffective teachers are often the ones picked for promotion due factors that have little to do with being committed to education.Read more ›
This tells the story of a teacher who is trying to teach literature to some less-than-literate teenagers, resulting in some hilarious consequences. The teacher is really more interested in his regular visit to the pub after work and really wants to do as little as possible to make the day end quickly, with as little effort and annoying confrontations as possible! This, of course, proves all but impossible with a room full of teenagers.
In an odd way, I ended up feeling very sympathetic to this hopelessly inept teacher and found myself even liking him as the story moved on. Despite its slow ramp-up and occasional errors (which may have been purposeful or just an oversight), I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a good laugh along with some well described and unusual characters.
I felt Angela could have appeared more often, to be more scary. I was not as relieved at her exit from the book as the hero was.
I also would have liked a better reason for our hero to opt out of attending the rehearsals entirely, and one to explain why the Head could think that getting a class of nincompoops to do Shakespeare under the direction of a poor teacher was going to be impressive!
But in the genre of "In one bound our hero was free" literature, I really enjoyed this story, and will buy its sequel. I want to know what happens next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good and funny book. The characters were interesting and conspicuous without being overbearingly corny or unrealistic. Perfect for light reading on a lazy dayPublished on July 1, 2014 by sunshine
I really enjoyed this funny book about a teacher who is in way over his head. His students don't seem to like him, and he can't really control them, but the fun really begins when... Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Cheryl DeWolfe
This book provides a much needed antidote to AARP and other "serious" educational initiatives. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by janet howard
Taken at the surface level this is a funny story about a useless secondary school teacher who seeks promotion by cheating, bribing the children and generally bunking off as often... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Ignite
"To be or like not to be."
There are plenty of stories about great fictional teachers, from Mr. Read more
Thrift is funny, realistic, keeps you on toe and cannot stop read it until finish............ Nice rainy afternoon spent. Love itPublished on October 29, 2012 by nila
I honestly can't remember the last time a book made me laugh so hard. Church has created a flawed yet ultimately so relatable and loveable character in his hapless, nameless... Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by James C. Campbell
I really enjoyed this book. Phil Church paints a tragically comic picture of a school where little goes right and where mutual misunderstanding is the order of the day. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Martin Lake