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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (May 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811212351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811212359
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 132 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on July 5 2003
Format: Paperback
One of the all too rare examples of literature as art rather than entertainment, this book deserves to be much better known. Jeaggy is a master of style and has a purity and preciseness of language that makes this book an utter joy. A future classic.
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Sweet Days of Discipline is narrated by a boarding school student who has attended several such schools, who has been defiant, who is a disinterested student, who becomes nearly obsessed with a new student - disciplined, independent, nihilistic. The tension in the narrative derives from emotional states rather than plot events - yet the tension builds as clearly as in a thriller. This is achieved by the author's excellent understanding of her narrator's point of view and the use of landscape, daily events and memories to express that view. Examples: the description of the landscape on the narrator's early morning walk; the destruction of letters from her mother; the memory of her roommate's dance dress but not her name ...
Not a perfect book but well worth the two or three hours it takes to read.
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It is a terrible thing that only two of Jaeggy's odd, spare, and brilliant works are presently available in English. This novella is striking in its stylistic genius and restrained but intense emotional world. I eagerly await the translation of more of Jaeggy's work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Interesting exploration of emotional landscape June 12 2001
By M. J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sweet Days of Discipline is narrated by a boarding school student who has attended several such schools, who has been defiant, who is a disinterested student, who becomes nearly obsessed with a new student - disciplined, independent, nihilistic. The tension in the narrative derives from emotional states rather than plot events - yet the tension builds as clearly as in a thriller. This is achieved by the author's excellent understanding of her narrator's point of view and the use of landscape, daily events and memories to express that view. Examples: the description of the landscape on the narrator's early morning walk; the destruction of letters from her mother; the memory of her roommate's dance dress but not her name ...
Not a perfect book but well worth the two or three hours it takes to read.
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Remarkable prose. July 14 1998
By Elizabeth Grainger - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a terrible thing that only two of Jaeggy's odd, spare, and brilliant works are presently available in English. This novella is striking in its stylistic genius and restrained but intense emotional world. I eagerly await the translation of more of Jaeggy's work.
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A gem July 5 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of the all too rare examples of literature as art rather than entertainment, this book deserves to be much better known. Jeaggy is a master of style and has a purity and preciseness of language that makes this book an utter joy. A future classic.

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