Coming Of Age
About this book
Another Country is loosely based on the life of the spy Guy Burgess, Guy Bennett in the play, and examines the effect his homosexuality and exposure to Marxism has on his life, and the hypocrisy and snobbery of the English public schools.The setting is a 1930s Eton-esque public school, where Guy Bennett and Tommy Judd are friends because they are both outsiders in their own ways. Bennett is openly gay, while Judd is a Marxist.One night a house man walks in on Martineau and a boy from another house together in the dark room. Martineau commits suicide because of the shame of having been found in a homosexual embrace, and chaos erupts as teachers and the senior students try their hardest to keep the scandal away from parents and the rest of the outside world. However, the gay scandal gives the army-obsessed house captain Fowler, who dislikes both Bennett and Judd, a welcome reason to scheme against them.
i think this may work better as an actual play/movie,but i still really liked it. Tom sounds SO young,considering this is from 2008. Anyway, it's a 3.5 verging on 4. And i kinda really want to see the movie now.
I remember being very moved by the movie of this play when it came out. A play will always be slighter and shorter than a novel, but I did feel that there was room for more substance and variety than was shown. Nonetheless, it's really interesting to have this glimpse into a 1930s public school, into the backgrounds of the men who were running the country when I was growing up.
Awesome play - I wrote my dissertation about it!