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Final Club

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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)
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Will
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.'

'Becau
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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
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Brendan
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.
Andy
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
From the pacific northwest to Princeton University, 1960. And, a bit, today.
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