Son of Sisyphus
In the late 1960s, Bert Robbin is a recently appointed English teacher at P. Piper Hamelin JHS located in a suburb of New York City. At the ripe old age of 27, still searching for his first romance, Bert finds a barely affordable apartment of Lilliputian dimensions on the “swinging,” fashionable upper east side of Manhattan — where singles mingle and hopefully become doubles. Unable to rise to his parents’ expectations of a career in law or medicine, Bert is determined to succeed as a public school teacher. But the New York City Board of Education and P. Piper Hamelin JHS are having difficulties of their own — challenging even for the most seasoned of pedagogues. The system is buffeted and befuddled by frequent teacher union walkouts, minority unrest and a rising tide of disruptive and violent students. In the meanwhile, an overarching racial and social conflict arising from the frustrating, unwinnable war in Vietnam, tears at the fraying fabric of American society. Bert is naive, often diffident and indecisive in this time of convulsive change. But he is intelligent and determined. Bert emerges Phoenix-like from the turmoil of his times with a new confident perception of himself and his mission.
DetailsSon of Sisyphus is a book in pdf format consisting of 212 pages.