The Old Schoolhouse

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
A short story of an evocative visit to an old country schoolhouse. Tender memories are recalled and serve as a contrast to our modern age. One person in particular , stands out, The Master. A person gifted with empathy and humor, he gives the old schoolhouse its singular identity.

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  • Category: Essay » Literature
  • Words: 3,910
  • Language: English


Review by: David Howells on April 13, 2013 :
How far we have come, yet how much we have strayed. It is the theme that ran consistent in The Old Schoolhouse. Being of Welsh extraction though woefully ignorant of ancestral touchstones, I was pleased at the sense provided by Noelle Ryan (the latter being my son's name) that let me hear, taste, see and smell a time rescued from erosion.
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Review by: David H. Keith on April 9, 2013 :
This is a heart-warming, nostalgic look back at simpler, gentler times when children were free to be children. I well remember my own childhood, although I grew up on a farm in western Missouri in the United States and not the enchanted land of Cuchulainn, leprechauns, and bain sidhes. Even so, I remember a magic that is open only to children. I thank Ms. Ryan for evoking those memories in me.

Ryan writes in an intelligent, easy-to-read manner and her descriptions of childhood antics (I especially loved the donkey adventure) are full of fun and so very well told. In short, I was enchanged by this book.

I highly recommend this to all who have happy memories of their childhood.

David H. Keith
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