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Bel Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase is one of the best-loved novels of our time. It has been translated into sixteen languages, made into a prizewinning motion picture, and staged as a play at high schools all over the United States; its very title has become part of the American idiom.

Never before has a novel so compellingly laid bare the inner workings of a metropolitan high school. Up the Down Staircase is the funny and touching story of a committed, idealistic teacher whose clash with school bureaucracy is a timeless lesson for students, teachers, parents – anyone concerned about public education. Bel Kaufman lets her characters speak for themselves through memos, letters, directives from the principal, comments by students, notes between teachers, and papers from desk drawers and wastebaskets, evoking a vivid picture of teachers fighting the good fight against all that stands in the way of good teaching.

©1964 Bel Kaufman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Runner Gal
  • 23/12/2016

Amazing how much and how little some things change

So many things rang true 30+ years later! I really enjoyed from start to finish.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tobyizme
  • 22/03/2021

Rare

It is a rarity to find a gem like this. I do, for once, highly suggest to read a standard copy over audio OR to read while listening to the audio. As someone who owned a paperback copy I can earnestly say that the format is half the fun and a bit lost in audio translation. The reader did as well as she could, but it’s much more engaging to see the kids drawings and notices from the office.
Every teacher should read this book. It ages like fine wine.

1 person found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • orlando s. garza
  • 18/03/2021

Always relevant

I first read this book when I was 15, quite by accident. I have since read it 5 time through the years, the last time about 10 years. The words written on paper, and this most excellent reading of the book are even more important and revealing now that I am in my senior years! And this is probably not the last time I will listen to this audio version.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel Caruso
  • 17/03/2020

better as a read

doesn't go well as an audio book, good, just misses the mark when reading memos and student work

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • LSNY12
  • 11/12/2019

I expected so much, and such a disappointment

Famous book, famous author, and such a boring story, boring performance. Could not be worse. Such an interesting topic, schoolchildren and teachers, could've been such a gem, but alas.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Jennie
  • 17/11/2020

Could not get into it

I gave this book an hour and a half to get interesting, but it didn’t and I had to decide to not waste anymore time on it. The 45 minute author intro was dull and difficult to get thru. She kept saying how renown the book was, translated in so many languages, made into a movie, fan letters from students and teachers alike. I was excited for hilarity once the novel started and I was sorely disappointed. As other reviewers say, the narrator is not engaging and does not tell the story well. And once the story started, I found it obnoxious-interruptions galore and no discernible plot line.

  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 09/11/2020

No storyline

This book does a great job of depicting what it’s like to be a teacher. Teacher have so many roadblocks to deal with and I appreciate all the ways that Miss Barrett tried to get through to her students.

I had trouble keeping my interest in the book. It lacked a strong storyline. With exception of some great humor, I found the story to be pretty boring. Additionally, the format was very distracting.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • 20/10/2020

May Make You Reconsider Teaching

Catch-22 goes to public high school in this clearly well reeearched look at the pros and cons of an educational system forever finding new ways to prevent actual learning. You'll likely find yourself sucked in by the misadventures of its well meaning teacher heroine, her ne'er-do-well students and wacky fellow faculty. Here and there, readers may find a triggering sentiment about gender or ace but they are a product of its time. Intriguing structure a plus.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • S. Adam Bernstein
  • 11/10/2020

Disappointing if you're expecting Sandy Dennis

Like you I liked the 1960s movie and thought it was a capture of the book. Sometimes films are better than books. I can't believe how far below the bar I was expecting in this one though. The intro whet my appetite for 1960s nostalgia. However the book starts and goes into a long reading of various boring schoolboard rules. Then a short chapter of actual description, then about 50 blurbs from students about what they thought of their English course/teacher. Whenever I though, "okay, this has got to be the last one", it goes on and on.
This book was phoned in and obviously composed of random notes. You can tell the lax effort put into this. It began as a short story in 1961 and I guess they had her make a book out of it, so she proceeded to find tons and tons of worthless filler. THIS was the bestseller "everyone was talking about"?! WTF?! Blackboard Jungle was well written and a classic film. By contrast this was poorly written (she makes fun of her own students' writing? Really?!).
Skip this and read Blackboard Jungle. And see the movie Up the Down Staircase, DON'T read this turkey of a book!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Christine Warren
  • 14/07/2020

Barbara Rosenblat makes it marvelous

l read this book probably 40 years ago and it was good, great now with Barbara's voices.