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

Final Club

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  32 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
From the author of The Duke of Deception, a novel that "never loses its hold on the reader. It shows both sides of paradise, the beautiful and the damned".--The New York Times. Revolving around a freshman at Princeton in 1956, Wolff's work creates a harrowing comedy of manners.
Paperback, 370 pages
Published November 19th 1991 by Vintage (first published 1990)
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 Final Club, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Final Club

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

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
"The Dinky pulled out with a squeak, like a ride on an amusement park.

'Okay, kids, look sharp. There's Walker-Gordon Dairy. Let me tell you, when the wind blew wrong we used to get a hairy blast of cowness downwind at Pyne Hall. Where I roomed freshman year?' Ginger was staring at him, a remarkable likeness of rapt attention. 'Have you kids heard of Athens?'

'Sure,' said Jake. 'Athens, Greece: it's famous. The Cradle of Democracy.'

'Right. Well, they call Princeton the Athens of New Jersey.'

Katie Lynn
I can't articulate or even formulate in my mind why I liked this book, but I did.

Only two little bits to quote:
"What would it be like to wake up in such a place as [Malta], to make it through the day to dark, to lie down there knowing you would wake there, unbroken cycle,no more to be expected than what you already knew? And not just the poverty of the place. The prison of it. To be stuck anywhere. Seattle, lakeside, in a pretty house. To KNOW that tomorrow would be no more than today."

Isn't tha
Jul 01, 2007 rated it liked it
Not a great novel by any stretch, but one chapter stands out. It is written in the voice of an elementary-aged kid -- the chapter is an essay he wrote for school about his father; his teacher happens to be his mother. Wolff manages the voice flawlessly while guiding the reader through the pitfalls of pre-adolescence and a family on the verge of collapse. A virtuoso performance!
Lauren Albert
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I thought Wolff was dead on in his portrait of the hopes and disappointments of college students and the adults they become. While I didn't like the ending, I could understand how it symbolized that real life is happening at college--it is neither completely idyllic nor isolated from the world.
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
From the pacific northwest to Princeton University, 1960. And, a bit, today.
Charles Robbins
rated it really liked it
Sep 17, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Mar 23, 2014
Sara Paris
rated it liked it
May 31, 2009
rated it liked it
Oct 19, 2013
Mohsenfahmy Moussa
rated it it was amazing
Nov 05, 2013
Matt Briggs
rated it it was ok
Jul 02, 2008
rated it it was amazing
Jul 12, 2014
rated it liked it
Feb 25, 2012
rated it really liked it
May 06, 2013
rated it it was ok
Sep 12, 2010
Ken Jurish
rated it really liked it
Oct 06, 2016
rated it liked it
Feb 11, 2009
rated it really liked it
Dec 04, 2014
Paul Gladen
rated it really liked it
Jan 10, 2010
rated it liked it
Jan 31, 2014
rated it liked it
Jun 17, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Nov 13, 2018
Jean Korelitz
rated it really liked it
May 08, 2009
rated it it was amazing
Feb 01, 2013
rated it liked it
Nov 01, 2016
rated it liked it
Jun 29, 2012
rated it really liked it
Aug 25, 2010
rated it really liked it
Apr 08, 2016
rated it really liked it
Dec 16, 2016
rated it liked it
Jun 01, 2018
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »