The Education of Hyman Kaplan

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1937 - Fiction - 174 pages
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Newly emigrated Hyman Kaplan struggles to learn English under the guidance of long-suffering Mr. Parkhill in an adult language class in New York City. Hyman's ingenuity eventually leads him to triumph over grammatical rules, as he and his fellow immigrants reveal their dreams of America are more than a linguistic challenge.
 

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Read this when a kid of 11 or 12. Little memory of the content but great memory of good laughs to be had. Probably non-PC at the sentence structure and naivete of Kaplan and other pupils who are non ... Read full review

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Hyman represents everything an ESL teacher dreads in a student. He's also a bit of a sensitive jerk. Two things that got me to thinking I didn't like the book. But other than that, it's a charming foray into the world of misunderstanding. Read full review

Contents

The Rather Difficult Case of
3
Mr Kaplan the Comparative
11
Mr K s Hobo
19
Mr K and Vocabulary
27
Mr K the Magnificent
35
Mr K Almost Comes Through
45
Mr K and the Magi
54
Mr K s White Banner
66
o Kaplanl My KaplanI
76
Mr K s SoandSo
86
Kaplan and Pythias
96
Mr K and Shakespeare
106
The Terrible Vengeance of Hyman
115
Mr K s Dark Logic
125
Mr K Cuts a Gordian Knot
134
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Leonard Q. Ross (1908-1997), born in Lodz, Poland, was the recipient of the Freedom Foundation award and the George Polk Memorial Award. He is best known for introducing American audiences to a wealth of Jewish lexical and cultural delights. A frequent contributor to Harper's and The New Yorker, he taught and lectured in political science at several universities.

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