Year of Publishing: 1989
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Synopsis: Todd Anderson and his friends at Welton Academy can hardly believe how different life is since their new English professor, the flamboyant John Keating has challenged them to “make your lives extraordinary!” Inspired by Keating, the boys resurrect the Dead Poets Society. A secret club where, free from the constraints and expectations of school and parents, they let their passions run wild. As Keating turns the boys on the great words of Byron, Shelley, and Keats, they discover not only the beauty of language, but the importance of making each moment, count.
But the Dead Poets pledges soon realize that their new found freedom can have tragic consequences. Can the club and the individuality it inspires survive the pressure from the authorities determinates to destroy their dreams?
My Review: This book required reading in many schools for teenagers between 15 and 16 years, was the screenplay that brought us in 1990 the film of a teacher who tries teach to his disciplined students the importance and obligation of live his life based on the Latin aphorism “Carpe Diem” that is an invitation to seize the moment because when we are in the end of our life, we can only regret not seizing the time as we really wanted.
The teacher Keating, former member of the Dead Poets Society, Breaks the school rules and urges his students to enjoy his life, have dreams and choose the profession that they like while the school and their parents want important careers for them. The students soon begin to sympathize with their teacher and this causes suspicion between the rest of the teachers who aren’t agree with Keating’s method
The characters of this screenplay are well described psychologically, but the physical descriptions are practically nil, however, it’s not difficult identify all the characters because all of them have important psychological traits that differentiate them. The most important characters in this books are Neil, Todd and Keating. The first two are students, Neil is the leader of the group because is more sociable and intelligent than the rest, the group decisions are usually proposed by him. Todd, in contrast, is a new student in the school, shy and afraid to look ridiculous in front of his schoolmates. Keating influences decisively the thinking of this two students who soon take his example and pursue their dreams
This book, despite being recommended for teenagers in the school, I think that only can be enjoyed if it’s read on its own initiative. The required reading, only converts a good book like this in an obligatory thing that you must do to pass the course, but not enjoyable. Is a book that deserves to be enjoyed, it’s short, and can be read in a single day as I did. I have to say too that the film is very faithful to the book, so, if you have read the book and liked it, you should see the film too. My valuation for this book is 5/5.
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Written by: Josué