Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Hume's Fork” as Want to Read:
Hume's Fork
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Hume's Fork

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Barely adequate philosophy professor Legare Hume has a mind-body problem. No matter how far he goes, no matter how hard he thinks, he can't escape the world he lives in. On the run from his wife Tally, Legare joins brilliant but exceptionally awkward colleague Saul Grossman to attend the American Philosophical Association s Charleston, South Carolina conference, where ...more
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Bancroft Press (first published 2007)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Hume's Fork, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Hume's Fork

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
Legare “Greazy” Hume and Saul Grossman are philosophy professors at Amworld University in St. Petersburg, FL. Amworld University is owned by Amworld Enterprises, which is known for it’s theme park in Orlando, so it’s needless to say that it’s not a well respected school. They’re heading to Charleston, SC for the American Philosophical Association conference. Saul is excited because he’s anxious to experience the South. Greazy, a native of Charleston, has explained to him repeatedly that “St. ...more
Jun 10, 2008 Beli_grrl rated it really liked it
I wish I could give this one 3.5 stars. It's not quite a 4 star book, but I love what it tries to do. The reason it doesn't get to 4 or 5 stars is because the plot isn't tight enough. The characters who are crucial to bringing about the big climax should have been introduced earlier and with more detailed characterization. Also he should have given a little more details on his troulbed marriage. One last negative: some of the humor is forced. Some of it works brilliantly, however, and in ...more
Aug 26, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok
It wasn't that Hume's Fork wasn't a well written work. It was. I was compelled to finish reading the novel to see what happened and thoroughly enjoyed the story line.

The problem, however, was that I felt like i was missing out on the overall meaning of the text. As if there was some giant philosophical private joke that I just didn't understand having never taken more then the required 1 semester of Philosophy in college.

Had I known more about philosophy I think I would have enjoyed this book mu
Gary Garth McCann
I first read Cooper's second novel, Purple Jesus, a tragicomic masterpiece. While I enjoyed Hume's Fork--in which humor ensues when a philosopher at an academic meeting befriends professional wrestlers--for me Hume's Fork doesn't approach Purple Jesus. I suggest you read Purple Jesus first. In case you read only one Cooper novel, let it be Purple Jesus.
Jeffrey McKinley
Dec 24, 2012 Jeffrey McKinley rated it really liked it
(read 2/14/2011) A delightfully, humorous family comedy involving philosophy, religion and professional wrestling. Ron Cooper is an excellent writer.
Wilf rated it really liked it
Jan 06, 2014
Ken rated it liked it
Sep 27, 2016
Kait rated it liked it
Jul 25, 2015
deLille rated it liked it
Apr 24, 2011
Sandra rated it it was amazing
Jan 11, 2011
Yourboyleroy rated it really liked it
Mar 28, 2009
Matt Dean
Matt Dean rated it really liked it
May 22, 2010
Susan rated it did not like it
Oct 23, 2013
Deborah Jenkines
Deborah Jenkines rated it liked it
Jan 22, 2015
Pekoe rated it it was amazing
Apr 26, 2012
Peter rated it it was amazing
Jan 28, 2014
Chris Huecksteadt
Chris Huecksteadt rated it really liked it
Jul 02, 2015
T Icon
T Icon rated it really liked it
Apr 09, 2016
Jw Biava
Jw Biava rated it really liked it
Apr 28, 2013
Kyle rated it really liked it
Jul 04, 2014
Janinaraska rated it really liked it
Feb 15, 2013
Lisa rated it did not like it
Jul 17, 2016
Stephen rated it liked it
Sep 08, 2014
Sean Price
Sean Price rated it it was amazing
Feb 17, 2015
Chaz rated it it was amazing
Aug 09, 2014
Patrick Wolff
Patrick Wolff rated it really liked it
Dec 06, 2012
Cathy rated it liked it
Jul 29, 2010
64tracks rated it liked it
Dec 09, 2012
John rated it liked it
Aug 28, 2014
Linda Dodero
Linda Dodero rated it liked it
Apr 14, 2015
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Ron Cooper's novel, Hume's Fork, was called by author Ron Rash "one of the funniest novels I've read in a long time" and described by Rebecca Goldstein as a "mix of zaniness and erudition, satire and insight." His new novel, Purple Jesus, will appear in September 2010. He is a South Carolina native who moved to Florida in 1988 and teaches at the College of Central Florida. Cooper has a BA from the ...more
More about Ron Cooper...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »