The Tragedy Paper

The Tragedy Paper

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While preparing for the most dreaded assignment at the prestigious Irving School, the Tragedy Paper, Duncan gets wrapped up in the tragic tale of Tim Macbeth, a former student who had a clandestine relationship with the wrong girl, and his own ill-fated romance with Daisy.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375870408
Branch Call Number: TF Realist LaBa
Characteristics: 312 p. : map ; 22 cm.


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ArapahoeKati Feb 28, 2017

Read this in a single sitting--I had to know where the story was going to go next.

Sep 26, 2014

Loved it!!

JCLChrisK Dec 09, 2013

I wanted to like this book more than I did, though like it I did. Half of it worked for me and half of it was just okay.
The book builds to the convergence of two stories, each working their way to an ominous tragic incident from the previous year. Duncan is beginning his senior year at a boarding school, haunted by something. In his room he finds an audio recording from Tim, the previous occupant of his room, telling his tragic story. Tim listens to Duncan's story of his senior year at the school while going about his own.
I found Tim's story well-drawn and compelling. His is the tragedy, and it's a good one. Duncan, however, was much too sketchy, and I just couldn't find a way to connect with him. Often his interludes were just to say things like, "Duncan couldn't get to the next CD fast enough. . . . He had to pee, he was going to be late for another class, and yet he felt the need to listen was almost beyond his control, he couldn't resist it." Yet I didn't know him enough at that point to understand his compulsion, so it just felt like the author manipulating me into thinking Tim's story was interesting, which I already felt. And the big payoff of Duncan learning from Tim's tragedy didn't really impact me. It would have worked better had LaBan either left Duncan out entirely or spent much more time developing him.
Still, Tim's story was indeed compelling, and definitely worth listening to (I did the audiobook version of this title), and Duncan's inclusion did not detract from that. Many readers, I believe, will be impacted by his tragedy and might learn something from it.

jeanner222 Oct 02, 2013

Enter here to be and find a friend.

The prestigious Irving School has quite a motto, doesn’t it? Clearly, this novel for young adults will address two themes: friendship and tragedy.

Our story begins with Duncan, a young man beginning his senior year at Irving. When he finds his assigned dorm room, he immediately searches for the "treasure” left by its previous occupant, an old Irving tradition.

What he finds is a stack of compact discs left by Tim Macbeth (already a wee bit heavy on the tragedy theme). The CDs are not what Duncan expected them to be. Instead of music, Tim has recorded a tragic tale for Duncan, the true (and tragic) story of what happened with Tim and fellow classmates last year.

The novel alternates narrators, and, of course, both young men eventually share a moment together in this tale.

While I enjoyed the narration by Tim, I found the tragedy theme to be a bit heavy-handed. And annoying. Still, I enjoyed this novel.

Jun 23, 2013

This book is absolutely fantastic! The plot makes you want to keep reading and unable to put the book down!

HelloBella Mar 20, 2013

The main characters, Duncan and Tim, were a little melancholy--made you feel some sympathy for both of them. I loved the way the book was narrated. Very engaging, quick read.

JCLBethanyT Mar 07, 2013

Incorporates the closed-in, exclusive feel of a boarding school with the idea of a classic tragedy in a contemporary setting. Moving, haunting, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.


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