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""Meritocracy" is a dramatic, riveting novel of our times."--Elizabeth Hardwick
It is the end of the summer of 1966 and a small group of friends, recent Yale graduates, gather in a Maine summer cottage to say good-bye to one of their own, Harry Nolan, who is joining the Army. Harry and his bride Sascha represent to their friends the apex of their generation. Sascha has men...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published September 17th 2005 by Other Press (first published June 17th 2004)
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A novel about Yale graduates hanging out during the summer of 1966? I'm there! This is a quietly devastating elegy to lost love, lost friends, and on a larger scale, a whole generation who lived under the shadow of Vietnam. It is a precise, serious piece of work, with some non-fiction thrown in (George Bush and Timothy Leary both turn up) and a bit of post-modern conjecture, and some politics. Despite that, I couldn't put it down! (well, much..) and found it pretty hypnotic and wrenching. Will s...more
I recommend this one to all my friends of a certain age.

A love story. In the time of the Vietnam War. It is the end of 1966 and a small group of friends, recent Yale grads, gather in a Maine cottage to say goodbye to Harry. He is joining the Army and may go to Vietnam. Also present is Harry's bride, Sascha.

Read this on one rainy afternoon.

Lessons, memories, and lots of thoughts of times gone by. And what might have been. And what is.
Because I read this book last in the quartet (but it is actually first), I am reviewing them all as one big novel, which is an important work. Lewis really talks, and if I were willing to pretend to be in school again I'd draw up a timeline and graph for this set. It takes place over 4 decades, the very same 4 where I had the most drama myself. Read them all.
Wonderful thoughtful novel tracing the circumstances intertwining the lives of a group of friends just graduated from Yale in 1966 from the vantage point of the narrator many years later. The blend of memory and observation is completely satisfying.
I really wanted to like this, because there are four books in the series. But there were too many characters introduced all at once and the plot wasn't compelling enough for me to sort out who they were. The writing was a bit dry, too.
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