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I have read the LotR, at least part of the Silmarillion, the Narnia Chronicles,the Children of the Star series, a couple of Terry Pratchets Discworld Novells, and a number of other Fantasy or Non-fantasy books,...

But a couple of weeks ago a copy of "Dead Poets Society" came into my hands and kept me awake all night.
Many of the above books I found fascinating, but I have never read a book so affecting and absorbing as DPS.
I have actually never seen the movie (I only heard there was one), but if it conveyed only half of the feeling, that is in the Book, it would be worth an oscar...

I really wondered, whether anybody else here has ever read that book...
I've never read the book, but the movie is one of my all-time favorites -- ahhhh...Robert Sean Leonard...

Seriously though, my friends and I had tried to put together a Dead Poets Society once while I was in high school and then a second time when I was studying in Heidelberg. We had rules and everything. Very geeky. In high school, we even stood up on chairs and said, "Oh Captain, My Captain," to our teacher the last day of the school year. *gag* There is just so much feeling and passion in the movie that it really touches a part of one's soul...besides the fact that I am a sucker for the Romantics (the poets that is).
I have never read the book but i saw the movie in Lit class one day. the movie portrays the book's message really well. by the end of the movie, I was almost in tears. the themes in the movie relate amazingly to the ones in A Separate Peace. I would recommend this book to everyone.
I have also seen the movie... have you seen it Ardawan, and is it accurate to the book? I really enjoyed the movie- it was fun to see Robin Williams in a more serious role, because he still completely pulled it off. I have read A Separate Peace in English class... it was interesting, but I don't remember a lot of it, so I guess I'm not seeing the connection, Idrilcuthalien. I should probably try to find Dead Poets' Society (the book)... who's it by? I will probably like it, but it will have a very hard time beating Discworld in my opinion. But then, it says you've read Discworld too, Ardawan... was Dead Poets' Society better? really?
I really think the Dead Poets Society is better than anything I have ever read, but decide for yourself, Eva Lilith. Read Smilie
I have not seen the movie jet, but from what I heard it stays pretty close to the book. I'm really looking foreward to see it myself...
I really loved the description of the meetings in the cave and (although it was slightly unrealistic) the whole part about Knox and Chris...

Sorry, but I have never even heard of A seperate Piece/Peace (??! Which of those is the right one?)
but I would like to read it. What is it about?

DPS was written by Nancy H. Kleinbaum, for all who want to know... (You won't find that info on the net easyly)

By the way: Have a good time Eva! *big hug* Hope to see you again... Waving Hello Smilie

Hey Eruwen!
You said you studied in Heidelberg?
You've been verry close to my hometown, then... Yay! Big Smile Smilie
Yep,'s a beautiful, beautiful place, and so much fun! It definitely is a student town. I'll actually be there again in about three weeks, travelling around Bavaria. I'm so excited! And just to keep this on topic...just above the Heidelberg Schloss there are three arches. These arches make a great place to hold "Dead Poets Society-esque" midnight poetry sessions overlooking the old town and Neckar River. Smile Smilie
A Separate Peace is about 2 boys at a summer session at Devon Boarding school. the 2 main characters, Gene and Finny, make a club cled the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session. the initiation is to jump from a tree. Gene is very smart while Finny is very athletic. Gene becomes very jealous and ... you'll have 2 reasd the book 2 find out.
Had a lame and boring day at work today and started reading A seperate Peace...(Don't tell my boss) Actually until now it seems pretty boring, but I am only at the verry beginning yet...
You know, I had an idea... I think

I hereby open the first online meeting of the Dead Poets Society. Genius Smilie
Here is the ritual introduction by our member Henry David Thoreau.

I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately.
I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life ...
To put to rout all that was not life,
And not, when I came to die, Discover that I had not lived.

And now "Aragorn" by our member J.R.R.Tolkien
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring.
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
And the throneless again shall be king. I
Somebody tell me, cause I really got to know:
I read a lot of history,
But things not really show, no, no.
Why them drop them bombs ina arabia?
Why the children burn and suffer ina Africa?
Leave us up the righteous fightin for superpower,
But judgement gotta fall...
mi go so then

I know ya luvin’ is superior
The devil complex inferior, oh yes,
Worshiping material:
Bowing to ya silver and gold.

(Am I the only person posting here?)
(Just about, 'cause there ain't nobody else here but us chickens. Shaking Head Smilie Sorry.)
Guys, what is The Dead Poets Society? I jus might read it if it's good enough. You see, I have a bunch of books on my list already. Like, a literal stack of the ones I have in my room, and about 6 others waiting for me in the library.
I always figured the "Dead Poets" were those poets from the 19th century who were no longer read by people out of academia. Poets like Keats, Yeats, Blale, Eliot, Shelley, Whitman, Longfellow, etc.
I tried to give a summary for those who have neither seen the movie, nor read the book:

Dead Poets Society is about a group of students in a boarding school, who
are constantly surpressed by their parents.
They want to start living for themselves and reestablish the Dead Poets
, a secret organisation one of their teachers had told them

In the Dead Poets Society they read poetry to each other. Any kind of poetry is allowed.

Its purpose is to suck out the marrow of life and to put to rout all that is not life. That is a quote of H.D.Thoreau, which is ceremoniosly read at the beginning of each meeting (see above)

The special thing about the Dead Poets Society is that you can only become a full member after your death. Beforethat you are only a novice.

I finaly found time to finish A seperate Peace.
Great book, too. Thanks for the recommending Idrilcuthalien.
But I don't quite see the parralelity to DPS. Maybe you could explain that in case you ever get to read this.... Smile Smilie
I read DPS in class last year. It was a quite nice read, but I've certainly read better books before. But, I have to confess, when the boy died, I was really touched.
We also watched the movie after finishing reading the book, but I was somehow disappointed of it. I liked the book more than the movie.
I haven't read the book but I've seen the movie and I like it .
As I read some of the posts above I've learned that some read it in class ,Is the book a part of schoolwork ? I remember that we read Lord of the Fliesin English class and The Garden Party . anyone else who did that during school?
I read both of those, among many, many others. Although I liked my American Literature class, I preferred my Honors' English class. We read Hamlet, the Tragedy of MacBeth, many others.
We read the Tragedy of MacBeth in my senior year high school English class, but I'm not sure if Old Will had finished writing Hamlet at that time. Animated Wink Smilie