Book Review: ‘Dead Poets Society’ by N.H. Kleinbaum

Dead Poets Society by N. H. Kleinbaum Book Cover
Dead Poets Society by N. H. Kleinbaum Book Cover

Book Title: Dead Poets Society
Author: N.H. Kleinbaum
Publisher: Kingswell
Number of Pages: 176
ISBN: 978-1401308773
Date Published: Sept. 1. 2006
Price: INR 631

Book Review

“Dead Poets Society” is a novel by N.H. Kleinbaum, which was adapted from an Academy Award-winning film of the same name(the movie came first). The story takes place in the 1950s at an all-boys preparatory school called Welton Academy, where the new English teacher, Mr. Keating, inspires his students to think for themselves and embrace their individuality through the teachings of poetry.

The story revolves around a group of students, Neil Perry, Todd Anderson, Charlie Dalton, Knox Overstreet, Steven Meeks, and Richard Cameron, who are taught by Mr. Keating, a former Welton student himself. Mr. Keating introduces them to the idea of “carpe diem,” or “seize the day,” and encourages them to think outside the box and pursue their passions.

The novel offers an excellent portrayal of the students’ transformation from passive followers to independent thinkers. Through Keating’s teaching, they learn to appreciate poetry’s beauty and to see the world in a different light. Keating’s approach to teaching challenges the school’s traditional approach, which emphasizes conformity and discipline. He inspires the students to question authority and to think for themselves.

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The book is a moving portrayal of the transformative power of education and the importance of embracing one’s individuality. It is a classic coming-of-age tale that explores themes of self-discovery, identity, conformity, and rebellion.

Overall, “Dead Poets Society” is a well-written and thought-provoking novel that will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to find their place in the world. It is a timeless tale that continues to inspire and captivate readers to this day.