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3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Unknown Binding, 335 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Vanguard Press
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Pamela Scott
Jan 16, 2015 Pamela Scott rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel. It’s the best of her earlier novels I’ve read so far. I liked the fact it was set within a University. I’ve not read a lot of fiction set within the academic world. JCO’s more recent, brilliant novel, Mudwoman is another example. It made a nice change. I liked the characters. I thought Brigit and Alexis and their sordid little affair was a lot of fun to read. I liked Albert St Dennis. I liked the setting and the characters and the different perspectives. There was a ...more
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Oct 07, 2011 Katie Wennechuk rated it really liked it
I loved this novel about a year in the lives of academics at a small private school; affairs, rivalry and jealousy and trying to be original. Several professors had rich fantasies about their relationship with a famous guest poet in residence. Seeing these private vanities and dreams in a story arc next to real life goings on was spectacular. This novel was less dark than Oates' newer ones.
Jun 20, 2016 Sylvia rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book, partly because I'm a faculty wife. The gossip and dull parties ring very true. The comic treatment suits the material. Toward the end, it sinks a bit and betrays the more interesting first half of the novel.
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Apr 14, 2013 Charles M. rated it liked it
Not one of Oates better efforts, but follows true to her commitment in chronicling American life during her lifetime. This time, story line focuses on an intimate relationship on a college campus between two academicians; amidst a renown poet.
Sep 14, 2011 Julia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is pretty much like listening to some harried associate professor namedrop and drone on (and on and on) about university politics while you eye the cocktail table and wait for an opportunity to make a break for it.
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Pseudonyms ... Rosamond Smith and Laure ...more
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