A Review on the Book-to Sir, with Love

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To Sir with love

Author – E. R. Braithwaite

1. About the book - To Sir, With Love is a 1959 autobiographical novel by E. R. Braithwaite set in the East End of London. The novel is based on true events concerned with Braithwaite taking up a teaching post in a school there. The novel was made into a British film by James Clavell in 1967. In the novel, "To Sir with Love", various human characteristics are portrayed. Throughout the story, the idea that humans are able to adapt and change their way of thinking seems to be demonstrated. In the novel both, the teacher Braithwaite as well as his students, goes through many changes. These changes lead to a change in their way of thinking about each other. The novel shows the ability to adapt to the world around one's self as a very important trait. In the story, Braithwaite begins with a set of preconceived notions about his students. But later, he finds that they are the total opposites of his initial ideas. Braithwaite helps them to break out of the pattern of intolerance and roughness into which society had placed them. They began to respect themselves as well as the others. In short, both the teacher and his students change their way of thinking and do not get stuck in their original set of preconceived notions about each other.

2. Summary – To Sir, with Love is an incredibly inspirational story. E. R. Braithwaite, the author of this memoir, encapsulates the shame and hatred of prejudices and racism. The journey begins in the East End of London, during the 1940's. Mr. Braithwaite teaches at Greenslade Secondary School, which is surrounded by poor neighbourhoods crammed with social vermin. Rick Braithwaite is a young black man, born in South America, who just got out of the Air Force. Now in Britain, Braithwaite is looking for a career, mainly to pay for food, but things do not work out as planned. He comes to know the malady of prejudice very well, as he is turned down from job after job....
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