Review for Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton

Genre – Historical fiction

Rating – G

Synopsis –

Mr. Chips loves teaching at the Brooksfield school for boys. He taught for over 40 years and saw the up and downs of the first World War as well as endured several different headmasters. Now in his old age, he recalls key moments in his life.

My thoughts –

This was such a small book, yet filled with love and memories of a time past. I truly wished there were more stories from Mr. Chips teaching days. The end almost brought tears to my eyes.

I loved how the author introduced Kathie to us. She played a big role in changing Chips discipline practices with the boys. They had such a brief courtship before they were married.

The plot jumps around between older Chips and moments in his past. At first, it took some getting used to, but get to know Chips better. I think my favorite part was near the end where it shows what Mr. Chips did during the war years.

Language – None

Violence – Mentions how several of the young men die during the war and how Chips would read aloud names of those who had past.

Innuendo – None

Conclusion –

I fell in love with this book after the first two chapters. It has that feel of a well-written story set in the British countryside. Grab a cup of tea, your favorite blanket, and sit down with this book. It won’t take more then an afternoon to read 😉 Also, it would make a nice read-aloud.

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