What I Was

What I Was

Book - 2009
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In 1962, a 16-year-old boy is dropped off by his father at a boarding school on the windswept coast of East Anglia. It is a model of its kind-the rooms are freezing, the food is disgusting, the older boys are sadistic, and the masters are the ineffectual, damaged castoffs of a dying Empire.

But the boy is used to the drill and well practiced at detached dreaming, imagining himself someone else, somewhere else. Until one day, falling behind one of the regular runs along the coast, he meets Finn.
Finn seems like a character from a novel, or a dream. Dressed in clothes that look the way they did a century before, Finn lives alone with his cat in a tiny fisherman's hut. The two become friends, the boy risking scandalous rumour and expulsion from school.

But the idyll cannot last, disaster invades from all sides, and the boy discovers that nothing has been what he believed.

What I Was will cement Meg Rosoff's reputation as a writer of extraordinary skill and sensitivity, who recreates with uncanny exactness the passions of youth.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Doubleday Canada,, [2009]
Edition: Paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780385663984
Branch Call Number: Y ROS
Characteristics: 209 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Oct 29, 2010

I didn't expect to, but really enjoyed this book. I thought the language used was brilliant and precise. I found the themes in it to be thought provoking. It made me want to give to other people just so I could ask, "What did you think about..."

May 30, 2010

This book was well written. An easy read that provides quite an enlightening insight into the world of boarding schools in that day.


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Oct 29, 2010

Despite my exquisitely honed indifference, my life telescoped
down to a few and little desires: to have second helpings of food, to wear
clothes that didn’t itch or cause undue humiliation, to be left alone.

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