Ms. Hempel Chronicles

Ms Hempel Chronicles Ms Beatrice Hempel teacher of seventh grade is new new to teaching new to the school newly engaged and newly bereft of her idiosyncratic father Grappling awkwardly with her newness she struggles

  • Title: Ms. Hempel Chronicles
  • Author: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
  • ISBN: 9780151014965
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ms Beatrice Hempel, teacher of seventh grade, is new new to teaching, new to the school, newly engaged, and newly bereft of her idiosyncratic father Grappling awkwardly with her newness, she struggles to figure out what is expected of her in life and at work Is it acceptable to introduce swear words into the English curriculum, enlist students to write their own reportMs Beatrice Hempel, teacher of seventh grade, is new new to teaching, new to the school, newly engaged, and newly bereft of her idiosyncratic father Grappling awkwardly with her newness, she struggles to figure out what is expected of her in life and at work Is it acceptable to introduce swear words into the English curriculum, enlist students to write their own report cards, or bring up personal experiences while teaching a sex education class Sarah Shun lien Bynum finds characters at their most vulnerable, then explores those precarious moments in sharp, graceful prose From this most innovative of young writers comes another journey down the rabbit hole to the wonderland of middle school, memory, daydreaming, and the extraordinary business of growing up.

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    1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: "SHARP GRACEFUL PROSE" + "LUSH POETIC IMAGERY" = "AIMLESS NAVEL-GAZING MESS". Is it some kind of chick-lit thing? I mean, this book shows up on various "best of" lists for last year, so I figured it must be worthwhile. Right?Maybe if you teach 7th graders. Actually, it's condescending to 7th grade teachers to imply that they should be satisfied with this book. It's an amorphous mess. I suppose the jacket blurb should have warned me - by now I should have know the code. When re [...]

    2. There's a lot to find charming about Ms Hempel Chronicles, a fictional memoir of a seventh-grade teacher. Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum has a talent for capturing the quirks of humanity, and all of her characters are lovingly drawn. Her descriptions of middle school life feel joyously, heartbreakingly true. And, two or three times, the narrative builds to a moment of lovely poignancy.As a novel, however, it never quite comes together. It feels like a character study -- and not a particularly satisfying [...]

    3. Tiene su gracia sb todo al principio, pero en general lo he encontrado, soso, aburrido y muy corriente. La historia de una profesora con pocas aventuras destacables en su día a día.

    4. Probably an adorable light-hearted satirical read for most people, it made me weep sweet embarrassing reassuring tears more than once. I had to put it down for a few months after reading this, for example:“Well done!” Another father, sitting in the back row, began to clap. He smiled at Ms. Hempel. Three more giddy parents joined in the applause. Ms. Hempel, standing at the front of the classroom, wanted to bow. She wanted to throw a kiss. She wanted to say thank you. Thank you. And then it o [...]

    5. I finished this book yesterday and I'm starting to believe that I may need to read it again. Not because I enjoyed it, but actually quite the opposite. I found this book difficult to get into and the main character, Ms. Hempel, self-congratulatory and irritating. The problem is that this book keeps appearing on "Best of 2008" lists and otherwise receiving wonderful write-ups. It makes me think I really must have missed something. Similar to The Wonder Spot, this book focuses on the same characte [...]

    6. It totally wans't your typical book about teachingtely not one of those grand "teacher saves a bunch of hoodlum kids" (Freedom Writers, etc.) story, which is why I loved it so much. Ms Hempel's thoughts and emotions are real and believable. The book is short and a very quick read. It's quirky and beautifully written. I would definitely recommend it.

    7. when i first started this collection of stories a few weeks ago, i definitely thought it was destined to be a 4 or 5 star-er. i tore through the first half of it, so so proud that i had just happened upon such a gem on the "new fiction" shelf of the library, and excited to tell everyone to read! read! read it! i mean, a young schoolteacher protagonist, her quirky middle school students, the friday after-school drinking adventures of her and her hip colleagues - what's not to be excited about her [...]

    8. Firstly, I want to start by saying that this was not what I thought it would be. I was expecting the memoir of an English teacher. The book has great reviews and therefore I thought "why not?" Sadly, it wasn’t something that caught my attention. I did read the whole book because it really pains me to actually stop reading something I’ve started - but there was just no point to this. Ms. Hempel is a seventh grade middle school teacher and with a refreshingly real voice gives several insightfu [...]

    9. Even though there were points that it seemed Ms. Hempel was gonna go full Tampa on us, I found her to be that most rare specimen: a well-rounded literary character with all the hopes, dreams, fears, strengths and weaknesses that you don't often find (or hope to find, or look for) even in the people that you meet walking down the street. With her ability to keep you reading about the love life of a middle school teacher, and an almost effortless mastery over the storytelling gimmickry of time and [...]

    10. I went into this with high hopes, based on several reviews I'd read and was majorly disappointed. That may be due to the fact that I read 3/4 of the book without realizing these were individual short stories and not chapters. In fact, I only discovered my error when I went back online to read some additional reviews. An innocent mistake, I suppose, but nowhere in this book does it specify that these are short stories. Not in the front flap, back flap, back cover. The only place it is mentioned i [...]

    11. A very sweet collection of stories about Ms. Hempel, seventh grade English teacher. Being a seventh grade English teacher myself, it was lovely to find a piece of fiction that in many ways accurately and endearingly illuminates the joys, anxieties and other subtleties of this work. Ms. Hempel is charming…e is relatively young and early on in her career, learning as she goes, finding shortcuts to help her with grading overload, dealing with unexpected situations with students, loving and caring [...]

    12. I love this collection of short stories. This author has a great, natural, funny and sensitive voice. All of the stories are connected, but the spaces between them made this captivating, and I found myself wondering what happened while I was gone. . . .

    13. This book is a mess disguised as meaningful literature. It has no story arc and I suspect the 'short story' structure was imposed to make up for a book that starts, wanders around the pages going nowhere and then just stops. Random doesn't equal good. I don't care what happens to Beatrice Hempel and by mid-book my hopes that she would be run over by a school bus, hit by a meteorite, or tragically fall through an Antarctic ice crevasse thus ending this mess of a book never came to fruition. Oh, s [...]

    14. Another victim of misguided marketing, although nobody will be crying for SLB, since the misguided marketing led to award nominations and many reviews. The problem can be easily summed up: Franzen's blurb describes this book--about, among other things, the uncomfortably erotic nature of teaching, divorce, the horrors of history and the difficulties of teaching it, the awfulness of puberty, the inhumane but unavoidable way we categorise each other, and the French diseases of the soul*--he descri [...]

    15. What a startling lovely book! Ms. Hempel Chronicles is a collection of inter-related short stories that center around Ms. Hempel, a middle school teacher. I picked this book up after Jonathan Franzen recommended it as one of his top five books, and I completely understand why this novel scored so high for him. The prose is amazing-- Sarah Shun-lien Bynum manages to pack a lot of telling details into her sentences that still remain light and airy. The majority of the novel focuses on seemingly mu [...]

    16. So I'm giving up on Ms. Hempel. There is no story here, just Ms. Hempel reflecting on a childhood to which I cannot relate, and some fairly insightful comments on the way teaching drains you of energy and imagination. It does, but let's include a story, Ms. Bynum, okay? I read a part of this book as a short story in The New Yorker ("Yurt"), which is what made me interested in reading the book. But that is the only story worth reading in the whole novelor "chronicle," I suppose. The narrative fla [...]

    17. This collection of linked stories has an appealing effervescence to it; young teacher Ms. Hempel's ready identification with her seventh grade students is especially sweet, as is her relationship with her overly supportive father (I about died during the signing-of-the-essay scene). As a teacher Hempel is full of ideals but hilariously lazy in their execution; the entire middle school staff in general is lovingly mocked. I loved the sense of humor and frequently chuckled aloud.Hempel's character [...]

    18. At first, I thought Ms Hempel Chronicles would be a lot more than the sum of its parts, a series of short stories that would deliver a full novel's worth of plot and character development. The character development is ultimately there; we do have a detailed picture of Ms Hempel, her insecurities, her insights into the students she teaches, and her failures to find happiness. But the overall plot development is incomplete because the stories are elliptical, and they sometimes stop too soon. Speci [...]

    19. I have been waiting for something from Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum since Madeleine is Sleeping which I adored.Ms. Hempel appears to us in a series of short stories from different parts of her life, mostly as a young 7th grade teacher full of contradictions - poised to enrich the lives of hundreds of children in their prime as she is told by a former teacher "if you ever had a novel in you, it's gone now." Bynum writes about Ms. Hempel's youthful idealism, her want to be the cool young teacher, her wan [...]

    20. I had been looking for an excuse to buy this collection after enjoying "Yurt" in the New Yorker and hearing Ms. Bynum speak on a panel at the LA Times Festival of Books. An insecure teacher at an all-girls school, Ms. Hempel is a compelling character who wants to make good, but is stymied by her own neediness. No, she's not one of those teachers who sleeps with a student or does anything outrageous. In "Yurt." it's clear her worst enemy is her own lack of decisiveness which permeates her life bo [...]

    21. In one word: delightful.I have always been fascinated by voyeurism so I fell in love with the protagonist of this story: teacher and seeker, Ms. Hempel. Ms. Hempel is the watcher of all watchers, and what I love about this is: she is not a voyeur that does not allow herself to participate or actively be changed by what she experiences.Every student she interacts with, every piece of art she encounters, changes her until at the end of the story *spoiler alert* she is fully changed. However, Shun- [...]

    22. Oh man, I really wanted to like this book. Post-college grad grappling with the real world and first jobs. What's there not to like? Apparently a lot. Somehow Ms. Hempel, 7th grade English teacher, never really becomes a character I could latch onto. Her "chronicles" are disjointed. Though there are moments of emotional and descriptive precision (especially in the first and last two "chapters"), there is no meaningful plot. (As everyone here has said, these are indeed separate short stories masq [...]

    23. Abandonado por aburrido. Ya desde el primer ¿capítulo? ¿cuento? se podía sentir el tufillo de la prosa escrita con eficacia. Si te gusta la literatura sin fisuras, este es tu libro. Recuerdo que cuando era joven siempre repetíamos que las frases cortadas no hacen un poema. De la misma manera, estos cuentos puestos todos juntos no me hacen una novela. No para mí. Es como un me atrevo, no me atrevo a hacer una novela. Pues venga, me atrevo pero como si fuera un cuento. Así me aseguro que lo [...]

    24. This is a short story collection disguised as a novel. All the tales follow the same character, a young middle school English teacher named Ms. Hempel, and I quite liked a number of them individually. However, as a whole, the book is too fragmentary to be really satisfying to me. Too many major events happen "off-stage"—between the various short stories; I wanted to experience these crucial moments, not just their shadowy echoes. So while this is a quick, and at times compelling, read, I found [...]

    25. Lovely and graceful writing. I'm always suspicious of people who have what I consider sentimental views of children, especially middle schoolers, as the middle schoolers I have worked with are FRIGHTENING CREATURES, and Ms. Hempel's middle schoolers are inspirational sprites. Hmm. But Bynum is a former middle school teacher, so she must know whereof she speaks.

    26. A charming, quiet read. Perhaps a little disjointed because these chapters were originally written and published as stories. But I found it appealing to get snapshots of this character's life so that she takes shape slowly. This is not the book for someone looking for plot. It's a good read if you believe there's beauty in the daily lives of ordinary people.

    27. There's great humor in this book, as well as a lot of good writing. I'm still not sure why I don't like the main character, Ms. Hempel, but I wish her well in some field other than teaching middle school children.

    28. El personaje de Beatrice Hempel está muy bien construido, y en ocasiones mueve a la complicidad, a la sonrisa, pero la tensión narrativa de la novela es inconstante, fluctúa, y confieso que por momentos he llegado a perder el interés por ella.

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